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International AML Enforcement in 2017 Expected to Target Consumer-Due-Diligence Programs, Gaming Entities, Prepaid Cards, Digital...

Over the past two years, financial regulatory bodies in the United States and Europe have increasingly emphasized consumer due diligence (“CDD”) by financial institutions as a means to combat money laundering and terrorist...more

Digital Currency Exchange Customers Targeted in IRS Information-Gathering Sweep

Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange companies in the world, will likely be asked to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with transactional data and other information on all U.S. customers who used...more

Sanctions Roundup: Third Quarter 2016 and Executive Order on Burmese Sanctions

OFAC, acting under the direction of President Obama’s Executive Orders, has lifted the economic and financial sanctions against Burma and Côte D’Ivoire. The revisions open these countries, and their financial markets, to...more

Lifting of Myanmar sanctions

On October 7, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order lifting U.S. sanctions against Myanmar (also known as Burma) imposed under earlier executive orders and setting aside other statutory blocking and...more

US Terminates Burma Sanctions Program, Accompanied by Limited FinCEN Relief

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma (Myanmar), revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and...more

After Nearly 20 Years, US Lifts Burma Sanctions

After nearly two decades, the United States has formally ended economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar). Citing substantial efforts undertaken to promote democracy, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, on October 7,...more

Why is On-boarding and Off-boarding Bank Clients Important?

After the Panama Papers, and with the recent FinCEN final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) rule, U.S. financial institutions are further focused on tightening internal controls against money laundering, terrorist financing,...more

Are You Within Reach of Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement? The Tentacles of Money Laundering Schemes Affect Real Estate Investors...

The U.S. Treasury Department has signaled the latest focus of its enforcement: real estate ventures with ties to money laundering schemes. Individual real estate investors and companies involved in luxury real estate, real...more

FinCEN Issues Customer Due Diligence Rules and Amends AML Program Rules

On May 11, 2016, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) published a final rules release (the “Release”) containing new rules to strengthen customer due diligence (“CDD”) requirements for...more

North Korea Designation Targets Chinese Banks (IRB No. 554)

On May 25, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a finding designating North Korea as a jurisdiction of “primary money laundering concern.” On the same date, Treasury, through FinCEN, issued a notice of proposed rulemaking...more

Addressing AML Risks in the Era of Aggressive Enforcement

The resurgence in anti-money laundering enforcement in the last few years reflects the overall improvement in the banking industry and recovery from the financial collapse. Federal prosecutors and regulators have renewed...more

Panama Papers Fallout: A Push for Transparency and Regulatory Reform - Sanctions Also Levied Against Several Panama-Based...

In the wake of the "Panama Papers" – the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from a Panamanian law firm that revealed thousands of names and addresses linked to offshore companies – the White House has announced several...more

"FinCEN Finalizes Customer Due Diligence Rule Amid Other Actions to Enhance Financial Transparency"

In the wake of the Panama Papers controversy, the U.S. government has taken major steps this month to promote financial transparency. First, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) finalized its proposed rule issued...more

Tackling a Panamanian Money Laundering Organization: OFAC Sanctions the Waked Money Laundering Organization, Colombia Arrests the...

OFAC Sanctions - On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against 77 entities and individuals associated with the Waked Money Laundering Organization...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Olympus to Pay $646 Million for Anti­Kickback and FCPA Violations - Early this month, Olympus Corp. of the Americas (OCA) settled government investigations related to violations of the...more

Enhanced North Korea Sanctions Adopted

The United Nations Security Council (“UNSC”) approved a Resolution last week imposing new sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and missile tests. This UNSC action follows the enactment of the North...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #2 – Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC Compliance

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our second consideration was Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) and OFAC compliance in 2016. Compliance with the...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - February 2016

Eye on the Courts—Recent Opinions and Rulings of Note - Why it matters: From a white collar and securities fraud standpoint, there has been a lot of noteworthy activity in the courts of late. The Supreme Court granted...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations in 2016

As financial institutions are well aware, challenges and opportunities abound in the current economic environment. However, in the year ahead, it appears that the opportunities are focused on growth and consolidation to...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Convicted Printing Company Ordered to Pay £2.2 Million - On January 8, 2016, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that Smith & Ouzman Ltd, a U.K. security printing company, was...more

Beneficial Ownership: Sanctions and FCPA Compliance

Financial institutions have been pushing back hard on FinCEN’s proposal to require banks, investment banks and other financial institutions to identify beneficial owners of account holders. As time goes on the impact of...more

Hedge Funds: A Look Toward 2016

BakerHostetler’s final hedge fund program of 2015 provided practical advice to hedge funds and investment advisers for the coming year. The presentations focused on “Hedge Fund Hot Topics for 2016,” “How to Effectively Manage...more

Is Money Being Laundered Through Your Financial Institution Using Daily Fantasy Sports Sites?

This alert addresses the explosion in popularity of daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) sites and the money-laundering potential that DFS sites may offer to criminals around the world. It then explains potential legal liability...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - September 2015

No Dog Days of August for the SEC—A Recap of a Busy Month - Why it matters: Who says there is a government slowdown in August? Not for the SEC. August 2015 turned out to be very busy indeed for the agency, which...more

AML and Investment Advisers: Understanding FinCEN's New Anti-Money Laundering Rules

On August 25, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed rulemaking that would require registered investment advisers, including certain hedge funds and asset managers, to establish anti-money laundering...more

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