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New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Final Regulations to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions...

Final regulations impose certification requirements on a financial institution’s Board of Directors or Senior Officer(s) relating to BSA/AML and OFAC compliance. The New York State Register today published the final...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues New AML and Sanctions Regulations

The New York DFS finalized its new AML and Sanctions screening regulations. Interestingly, the NYDFS backed off its original proposal to require a Chief Compliance Officer to certify to a compliance “finding” that the...more

NYS Department of Financial Services Outlines Requirements for Transaction Monitoring and Filtering Programs of NY State-Licensed...

On June 30, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYSDFS”) adopted a final regulation outlining the attributes of a risk-based transaction monitoring and filtering program that certain New York...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - July 2016

Privy Council clarifies the nature of arbitration clauses, but uncertainties about the clauses’ effect still remain. “Non-exclusive” arbitration clauses provide that disputes “may” be referred to arbitration (rather than...more

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

Sanctions Updates: Iran, Myanmar (Burma) and Cuba

With the rise of OFAC Sanctions enforcement and compliance issues, companies have to devote significant resources to following changes in OFAC Sanctions. Over the last few years, the US government has significantly altered...more

BIS Revises Penalty and Settlement Guidance

On June 22, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) revised its guidance regarding administrative enforcement cases for violations of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), other than those related to...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

"Sanctions in Takeover Situations: Navigating Regulatory Hurdles"

The U.S. government frequently uses sanctions as a key tool in pursuing its foreign policy agenda. As a result, transactions involving sanctioned individuals and entities (Sanctioned Persons) are often prohibited. The...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - June 2016

Dispute-Management - Best Practices in Construction Projects - Introduction - What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project?...more

Blog: It’s #Brexit (for now). What you need to know about corporate criminal law in less than 500 words

In this post, our UK white collar crime partner, Louise Delahunty, considers the potential impact of a possible #Brexit on the UK’s implementation of the 4th Anti-money Laundering Directive; the UK government’s proposed...more

New Opportunities in Cuba for Universities

The Administration's recent efforts to normalize trade relations with Cuba has resulted in new opportunities for universities. Although the embargo is still in place, the Administration has carved out multiple exceptions....more

OFAC issues clarifying FAQs for Iran sanctions regulation

On June 8, 2016, US the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued several new frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provide further guidance regarding activities authorized by General License H (GLH), and address how to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - OFAC Updates Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Lifting Sanctions on Iran - On June 8, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC) updated its...more

US Issues Additional Guidance Regarding Iran Sanctions Relief

On June 8, 2016, the US further clarified the scope of the sanctions relief provided to Iran as of January 16, 2016 (known as "Implementation Day") under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Department of the...more

The Sun is Setting On Myanmar’s Sanctions Regime

The United States imposed trade sanctions on Myanmar (a.k.a. Burma) beginning in May 1997 after determining that the military junta had committed large-scale repression of the democratic opposition in Burma. The Burma...more

Buying Russian Bonds: Risky Business or Safe Bet?

In late May, The Russian Federation issued its first sovereign bond since the Ukraine crisis in 2014. The sole organizer of the bond is VTB Capital, an arm of VTB Bank, Russia’s second largest financial institution. Both VTB...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2016

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 - On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the...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

Flying the Too-Friendly Skies? Europe Opens Routes for Sanctioned Iran Airline

On June 20, 2016, you will be able to take a non-stop flight from Tehran to Paris . . . but you probably shouldn’t. According to its website, the Iranian airline Mahan Air will add the City of Lights to the list of...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

U.S. Issues Burma General Licenses

In May, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Burmese Sanction Regulations, and the U.S. Department of State (State) proposed revisions to the Burma Responsible...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

Red Notice Newsletter - May 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Former Securency Manager Convicted of Corruption - On May 11, 2016, Peter Michael Chapman, former manager of polymer banknote manufacturer Securency PTY Ltd. (“Securency”), was...more

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