Money Laundering Foreign Banks

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OFAC Announces Honduras-Based Bank as Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker

On October 7, OFAC announced the designation of a Honduras-Based bank (the Bank) as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker. According to the Department of the Treasury, this announcement “marks the first time that OFAC...more

AML Trends Signal Changing Times For Regional Banks

Recent activity involving state and federal bank regulators reflects an upswing in enforcement actions against regional and super-regional banks for Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering compliance failures. Bank of Mingo,...more

FinCEN to Withdraw 2011 Proposed Rule Against Lebanon-Based Bank

On September 28, FinCEN announced its intention to withdraw its February 2011 Notice of Finding and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking identifying a Lebanon-based bank as a “financial institution of primary money laundering...more

Wolfsberg Group publishes risk assessment FAQ

The Wolfsberg Group has published a set of FAQ on risk assessments for money laundering, sanctions and bribery and corruption. The questions look at issues like: - what is the purpose of a risk assessment? - how...more

FinCEN Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Andorran Bank as “Primary Money Laundering Concern”

On March 10, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) named Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA) a foreign financial institution of “primary money laundering concern,” a measure that will...more

The DOJ Charges Another Individual With FCPA Violations

FCPA enforcement officials have repeatedly emphasized that a key focus is individuals who violate the Act. This week the Department of Justice announced the filing of a multi-count indictment against the owner of a privately...more

FinCEN Designates Foreign Private Bank Under Patriot Act

On July 17, FinCEN named FBME Bank Ltd., formerly known as the Federal Bank of the Middle East, as a foreign financial institution of primary money laundering concern pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act....more

Money Laundering on the Front Burner

With the bulk of the banking industry’s credit problems resolved or at least more manageable than in the recent past, the regulators appear to be on a new warpath. Over the last year, they have sent strong signals to the...more

New York Announces Agreement To Resolve Alleged International Sanctions Violations

On June 20, New York announced a consent order with the New York branch of a foreign bank to resolve charges that the bank — over a five year period that ended more than five years ago — violated Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money...more

Stricter Anti-Money Laundering Controls on Tap for EU Banks and Financial Companies

Financial businesses operating in the European Union will need to consider implementing stricter anti-money-laundering and anti-terrorism-financing controls or face a potential fine of up to 10 percent of their annual...more

Banks Take It On The Chin

The end of the year was very tough for global banks. For months significant enforcement actions were expected in the ongoing LIBOR manipulation probe and anti-money laundering and sanctions violations probes....more

U.S. Law Enforcement Authorities And Regulators Resolve Significant Money Laundering And Sanctions Investigations

On December 11, a major international bank holding company announced agreements with U.S. law enforcement authorities and federal bank regulators to end investigations into alleged inadequate compliance with anti-money...more

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