Sanctions Compliance

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FINRA’s Revised Sanction Guidelines: Higher, Tougher, Fairer?

FINRA’s newly revised Sanction Guidelines, effective immediately, signal that the upward trend in sanctions against broker-dealers is likely to continue. The Sanction Guidelines, which establish the range of sanctions...more

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

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

New US sanctions program to combat cybercrimes: 3 action steps for tech companies

The new sanctions in President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” target individuals and...more

Beneficial Ownership and AML, Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Compliance

Sometimes compliance realities outpace enforcement and regulatory requirements. When it comes to FinCEN’s proposal to implement a beneficial ownership rule for financial institutions, global financial institutions do not need...more

How to Conduct Internal Investigations Outside the United States

Think of a U.S.-headquartered multinational when it receives an allegation of serious misconduct at one of its overseas operations. Maybe the company whistleblower hotline just got a tip that a secretary in the Buenos Aires...more

PayPal’s Settlement with OFAC Demonstrates Importance of Effective Sanctions Compliance Programs for Financial Institutions

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a settlement with PayPal, Inc., the money services business, to resolve apparent violations of multiple U.S. economic...more

U.S. Government Announces Significant Sanctions Enforcement Actions Against Schlumberger and PayPal

The U.S. Government announced two major sanctions enforcement actions this week that reinforce the compliance challenges faced by both U.S. companies with international activities and non-U.S. companies subject to U.S....more

Commerzbank’s Compliance Catastrophe — Flouting Sanctions and BSA/AML Laws (Part II of III)

Sometimes a picture is very clear but legal words and concepts are proffered in an attempt to disguise and even deceive. As set forth in the factual statements outlined by the government, and agreed to by Commerzbank, it is...more

Commerzbank’s Settlement — The Government’s Frustration Boils Over (Part I of III)

Global banks are caught in US prosecutor’s cross hairs. Not only do they have to worry about basic AML compliance and enforcement, they now have major risks in sanctions compliance. For some inexplicable reasons, global...more

The Need for Robust OFAC Compliance Programs

People are good at complaining. People often say to themselves, “Things are not going my way,” and they love to feel sorry for themselves. People who are professional victims are toxic....more

International Trade: Sanctions and Export Controls - The Importance of Trade Compliance

Compliance with international sanctions and export control regulation is a significant issue for companies and their legal and compliance teams. Recent significant sanctions enforcement actions, large fines and resulting...more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2014

2014 was a year replete with new legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting federally regulated financial institutions. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2014 are outlined in our annual year in review....more

OFAC Sanctions Compliance Provisions in Various Agreements

Due to costly settlements secured by U.S. regulatory agencies, banks, insurers, and corporations are increasingly inserting rigorous OFAC sanctions compliance language into their credit agreements, insurance policies,...more

OFAC Sanctions Compliance Provisions in Agreements

Due to costly settlements secured by U.S. regulatory agencies, banks, insurers, and corporations are increasingly inserting rigorous OFAC sanctions compliance language into their credit agreements, insurance policies, and...more

Sharing the Spotlight: M&A Due Diligence

Everyone likes to talk about the importance of due diligence. A whole new due diligence industry has grown, starting with initial anti-money laundering requirements and stretching into corruption and sanctions issues....more

Global Investigations: Reading The Signals

As the global economy recovers, how will regulators respond? Experts provide perspectives on trends in regulatory and corporate investigations. Global trends in regulation - In the wake of the financial crisis,...more

Complicating Sanctions Compliance: OFAC Redefines 50 Percent Rule

Companies are worried more and more about sanctions compliance. As the number and complexity of sanctions grow, depending on the twists and turns of our foreign policy, companies are whipsawed in the area of sanctions...more

OFAC Makes Important Update to Ownership/Control Guidance

On August 13, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new guidance on ownership/control for determining blocked parties. This represented the first significant update on this topic since February 14, 2008,...more

New Sanctions Guidance Increases Due Diligence Burden on Companies

On August 13, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published guidance (“Revised Guidance”) that revises its 2008 guidance regarding how to treat entities that are owned or...more

FINRA Sanctions a Broker for Violating Japanese Insider Trading Law

On July 2, 2014, FINRA announced that it barred a former equity trader from the securities industry based on its finding that he violated Japanese insider trading law by trading in the securities of a Japanese company listed...more

BNP: A Window Into A Systemic Compliance Breakdown

BNP Paribas’ recent settlement of nearly $9 billion for violating US Sanctions against Sudan, Iran and other countries is another important achievement for the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and the...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - June 2014

In This Issue: -The ABCs of Arbitrating Outside of the New York Convention - Leading International Arbitration Partner Joins Latham & Watkins in Paris - US Supreme Court Revives International Arbitration...more

Without Fear of Sanctions – GM Might Have Acted Differently

How the proposed revisions to the federal rules might impact corporate conduct? We are hearing unpleasant news about the way in which General Motors handled the issue of defective ignition switches, defects in gas...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

Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

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