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Digital Commerce & Payments Update

In this Issue: - Insights & Trends ..The Future of Regulation in the Digital Economy - Virtual Currency ..GAO Urges CFPB Participation In Virtual Currency Working Groups ..Trade Group White Paper...more

OCC Report Highlights Cybersecurity, BSA-AML, Indirect Auto Underwriting Concerns

On June 25, the OCC published its semiannual risk report, which provides an overview of the agency’s supervisory concerns for national banks and federal savings associations, including operational and compliance risks....more

Comptroller Curry Addresses Senior Management’s AML Compliance Responsibilities, Criticizes “De-Risking”

On March 17, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry reaffirmed his agency’s views with regard to BSA/AML compliance and the responsibilities of senior bank managers and boards of directors. Mr. Curry asserted that BSA...more

House Democrats Request Guidance On Banking Access For Marijuana Businesses

On March 5, a group of 16 Democratic U.S. House members sent letters to the leaders of the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, the FDIC, and the NCUA requesting that the agencies issue guidance that would provide legitimate...more

Federal Authorities Announce Major BSA/AML Action Related To Madoff Scheme

On January 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, the OCC, and FinCEN announced the resolution of criminal and civil BSA/AML violations by a major financial institution in connection with the bank’s...more

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its Affiliates Agree to Pay the DOJ, OCC and FinCEN an Aggregate of $2.05 Billion to Resolve Violations...

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its affiliates (collectively, “JPMorgan”) agreed to pay an aggregate of $2.05 billion to resolve civil and criminal claims generally related to JPMorgan’s Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) compliance program...more

FFEIC Releases Guidance on Applicability of Consumer Protection Laws to Social Media

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, which is comprised of the OCC, FRB, FDIC, NCUA, CFPB, and a state liaison committee, issued guidance addressing the applicability of federal consumer protection laws to...more

Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance

On December 11, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released final guidance (“Guidance”) on the applicability of consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to...more

Comptroller Identifies BSA/AML Risks, Calls For Increased Information Sharing

On November 17, the Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, delivered remarks at the American Bar Association/American Bankers Association BSA/AML conference in which he identified common BSA/AML compliance risks and...more

FinCEN Joins The Enforcement Party

FinCEN’s new Enforcement Division, which was created in June of 2013, is already making its mark in the financial enforcement world. Federal regulators are focusing on compliance with Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and...more

OCC and FinCEN Take Enforcement Actions and Assess Civil Money Penalty Against Small Bank for BSA/AML Violations

The OCC entered into a consent order with a small, New Jersey-based bank with approximately $118 million in total assets for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”). The OCC assessed a civil money penalty (“CMP”)...more

OCC Issues Semiannual Risk Report, Highlights Cyber Security And Anti-Money Laundering Risk

On June 18, the OCC released its Semiannual Risk Perspective, which assesses risks facing national banks and federal savings associations with regard to: (i) the operating environment, (ii) condition and performance of the...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - June 21, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt from Federal...more

Staying on Top of Risk: Latest OCC Risk Perspective Highlights Regulatory Concerns for All Banks

On June 18, 2013, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its Semiannual Risk Perspective highlighting current risks for national banks and federal savings associations. The report, available here, offers...more

Federal Reserve Board, Illinois Regulator Issue Joint Enforcement Action Against U.S. Subsidiaries Of Foreign Bank, OCC Issues...

On May 17, the Federal Reserve Board released an April 29, 2013 written agreement between the Federal Reserve Board, an Illinois state regulator, a foreign bank, and its U.S. bank holding company subsidiary (the Holding...more

AML Enforcement – A New Era Of Compliance

Last year was the year of Bank Secrecy, sanctions and anti-Money Laundering enforcement. The HSBC settlement sparked significant controversy over the claim by the Justice Department that HSBC and other banks are “too big to...more

Federal Reserve Board Announces BSA/AML Enforcement Action Against Bank Holding Company

On March 26, the Federal Reserve Board released a recent enforcement action against a bank holding company related to deficiencies in certain of its bank subsidiaries’ Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (BSA/AML)...more

Federal Regulators Announce BSA/AML And Derivatives Trading Enforcement Actions Against Large Bank.

On January 14, the Federal Reserve Board and the OCC issued two consent orders against a large international bank and its trust company over alleged deficiencies in its Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML)...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - January 18, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - PAYMENTS -...more

OCC Semiannual Risk Perspective Highlights Risks Facing Banking Industry

On December 20, the OCC published its Semiannual Risk Perspective for fall 2012, which provides details on risks facing the banking industry. Based on data as of June 30, 2012, the semiannual report highlights risks in (i)...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

Record Fines against HSBC for Repeated Bank Secrecy Act and OFAC Violations

Following on the heels of the $15 million settlement against First Bank of Delaware for significant Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering violations (as we reported on here), the Treasury Department and three federal...more

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