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NY DFS Finalizes Rigorous AML/BSA Regulation

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has finalized a new regulation setting forth rigorous standards for monitoring and filtering programs to monitor transactions for potential anti-money laundering (AML) and...more

NYDFS Finalizes AML/BSA Regulation

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has finalized a new regulation setting rigorous standards for monitoring and filtering programs to monitor transactions for potential anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank...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

AML Risks and Foreign Correspondent Banking

With the Panama Papers scandal and government promises of continued aggressive AML enforcement, financial institutions face a variety of risks that require increased vigilance and mitigation strategies....more

OFAC Fines Foreign Bank For Violating 50 Percent Rule

The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") continued Monday, February 8, 2016, to direct the weight of its enforcement power at foreign banks, this time entering into a $2,485,890 settlement...more

Iranian Nuclear Accord Reached, But Specific Implementation of Meaningful Sanctions Relief Will Not Be Immediate

On July 14, 2015, the “P5+1” nations (the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom), together with the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”), reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan...more

Accounts and Accountability: Arab Bank Found Liable for Transactions Under the Anti-Terrorism Act

On September 22, 2014, a Brooklyn jury found Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest lender, guilty of violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act for providing financial services to individuals and entities linked to Hamas. Hamas is currently...more

NY Regulator Releases First Regulatory Framework For Virtual Currency

It happened: Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the release of the DFS’s much-anticipated proposal for a BitLicense, stating “We have sought to strike an appropriate...more

Red Notice Newsletter - July 2014

Welcome to the July 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, two Noble Corporation executives settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Ukraine Crisis Update: US and EU Expand Sanctions, Restrict Certain Energy-Related Exports to Russia

US extends sanctions to three Russian banks, a shipbuilding company and exports of energy sector items to Russia; EU announces similar measures. Additional OFAC Designations - On July 29, 2014, the U.S....more

Sifting Through The Ukraine Economic Sanctions

It is odd how a foreign crisis can have a dramatic impact on the world of ethics and compliance. Foreign policy headaches turn into compliance nightmares when the United States becomes embroiled in foreign events....more

$1.1 Billion and Counting – The New Era of OFAC Enforcement

On February 13, 2014, BNP Paribas ("BNP"), France's largest bank, announced in its fourth quarter results that it will soon be joining the growing community of banking institutions that, within the past five years, have been...more

Two Non-U.S. Banks Agree to Pay Penalties Totaling $160 Million for Violations of U.S. Sanctions Laws Resulting from Omnibus...

Recent enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Government against non-U.S. banks for violations of U.S. sanctions laws demonstrate the need for financial institutions, particularly those that act as custodians or financial...more

"'Know Your Customer': OFAC Raises Due Diligence Expectations of Non-US Banks"

Since 2005, a series of very large non-U.S. banks — including ABN AMRO, Credit Suisse and ING — have paid significant penalties to U.S. authorities for processing funds transfers through the United States related to business...more

So, You inherited an unreported offshore account, now what!

There may have been a time when inheriting an unreported offshore financial account was not problematic; but not today. The executor/trustee of the estate of the decedent has fiduciary responsibility to IRS and faces personal...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Second Quarter 2013

In this issue: - The Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 - E.O. 13645, issued June 3, 2013 - Enforcement Against Foreign Sanctions Evaders - Enforcement Against Human Rights...more

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Rejects Aiding and Abetting Liability for Civil Damage Claims Under the...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion on February 14, 2013, holding that the civil liability provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1990, 18 U.S.C.§ 2333(a) (the “ATA”) does not permit...more

Iran Sanctions Update

The United States continues to impose additional layers of sanctions on Iran. The rate of change and complexity of U.S. sanctions laws present challenges, particularly where these sanctions have extraterritorial effect on the...more

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