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Trends in Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement and Compliance

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For years banks and other financial institutions have dealt with the anti-money laundering (AML) requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Governmental agencies, both regulatory and law enforcement, have placed particular...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #3

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

FinCEN Enforcement Action Highlights AML Compliance Program Failures and Conflicts of Interest for High-Risk MSB Customers

On February 27, 2017, FinCEN announced a $7 million civil monetary penalty against Merchants for willful violations of the BSA. Additionally, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Merchants’ federal functional...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016 #3

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Editor's Note - The End of “Too Big to Fail”? On December 15, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve Board) adopted a final rule to strengthen the ability of government authorities to...more

FinTech companies: Chartering relief is here

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So you are an online lender, a digital currency company or a payments company, and you want to conduct business throughout the United States. How do you get licensed? Easy. You establish a corporate entity, register with...more

Banks to Broaden Reporting of Suspicious Cyber Activity; Regulators Propose “Enhanced” Cybersecurity Standards

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The fourth quarter of 2016 has seen an uptick in regulatory activity respecting the financial services sector in the cybersecurity space, both at the state level as previously discussed (here) and on the federal level....more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2016

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Another Cybersecurity Proposal. On the heels of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issuing its proposed regulation that would require banks and insurance companies to institute...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2016

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Editor’s Note - So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #4

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Breaking News - Solicitor General Files Brief in Madden v. Midland Funding - On May 24, the U.S Solicitor General (SG) filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) in the matter of Madden v. Midland...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #2

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Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: CFPB Proposes Rules Prohibiting Class-Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements - On May 5, the CFPB issued long-expected proposed rules that will drastically limit the use of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016

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Regulatory Developments - DOL Issues Final Fiduciary Rule - On April 6, the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled its pre-publication final version of the long-awaited fiduciary rule (the Final Rule). Some of the more...more

$6.5M Fine for Persistent BSA/AML Failures: Prelude to OCC's Announcement of Tougher Enforcement Environment

Why it matters - A $6.5 million civil money penalty imposed against a $1.57 billion Florida bank for persistent anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) deficiencies provided an appropriate back drop for...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2016

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Regulatory Developments - CFPB Now Accepting Complaints on Online Marketplace Lenders - On March 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two initiatives: it will now accept complaints from...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #4

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments - FDIC Rule Amends Filing Requirements and Processing Procedures for Changes in Control - On Dec. 16 the FDIC announced the adoption of a final rule amending the FDIC's filing requirements...more

Anti-Money Laundering Trends: Facts, Findings, and Lessons Learned

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Increased anti-money laundering (AML) regulation enforcement by federal and state agencies in recent months should have financial institutions across the country reviewing and strengthening their in-house AML policies and...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #4

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FDIC Study Shows Branch Banking Has Staying Power: Has your smartphone displaced your bank? According to an FDIC study released on February 19, traditional brick-and-mortar offices are maintaining their primacy, despite...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014 #2

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The SEC first proposed a study of the fiduciary obligations of brokers and investment advisers as required by the Dodd-Frank Act in July 2010. The SEC still has not made a decision about the shape of a fiduciary rule for...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 33

In this issue: - ISS Launches New Equity Plan Data Verification Portal - ISDA Publishes Protocol for 2014 Credit Derivatives Definitions - FinCEN Issues Advisories for US Financial Institutions -...more

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

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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

FinCEN Joins The Enforcement Party

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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

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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

2012 Bank Enforcement Actions Still High, But Significantly Lower Than 2010-11

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Originally published in BNA’s Banking Report, 100 BBR 617 on 04/02/2013. Overall Trends & Outlook - In 2012, the federal banking agencies, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (‘‘FDIC’’), Office...more

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

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

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

The Supreme Court Declines to Address Whether Financial Institutions Are Entitled to Unqualified Immunity from Claims Arising from...

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Cummings v. Doughty, thereby leaving open a split among circuit courts regarding the scope of the immunity financial institutions that file...more

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