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Mexico’s Energy Industry: Mexico Tender Round 2.1: Shallow Water Oil Sells Big

On June 19, 2017, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the First Tender of the Ronda Dos (“Round 2.1”), which was first announced on July 20, 2016. Round 2.1...more

Forfeiture Case Based on Alleged Elaborate $230 Million Russian Laundering and Fraud Scheme to Settle

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On the eve of trial this past Friday, the government announced an agreement to settle, subject to court approval, a major civil forfeiture action in the Southern District of New York. In the case, United States v. Prevezon...more

Corporate Shell Games and KYC Requirements

by Michael Volkov on

Anti-money laundering professionals are in for a rude awakening. Know Your Customer or KYC requirements are currently kicking up a notch, and will be even more dramatic when the new FinCEN beneficial ownership regulations...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB)

The Colgate-Palmolive Company (Tom’s of Maine “Naturally Dry” Antiperspirant), NARB Panel Report No. 215 (Jan. 25, 2017) - A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel determined that the National Advertising...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - National Advertising Division (NAD) and National Advertising Review Board (NARB)

The Colgate-Palmolive Company (Tom’s of Maine “Naturally Dry” Antiperspirant), NARB Panel Report No. 215 (Jan. 25, 2017) - A National Advertising Review Board (NARB) panel determined that the National Advertising...more

AML Enforcement and Compliance Trends

by Michael Volkov on

Law enforcement focus on anti-money laundering appears to be increasing. While the last ten years has seen a marked increase in AML regulatory obligations, the new administration is likely to return to some of the more...more

How effective are the UK's primary markets? FCA reviews the effectiveness of the primary markets and proposes technical...

by Hogan Lovells on

Reviewing the structure of the UK's primary markets - The FCA is reviewing the structure of the UK's primary markets to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of investors and issuers. As part of its review, the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

FinCEN is extending its campaign to press title insurance companies to reveal the real buyers behind shell companies that pay cash for high-end real estate deals in select cities around the country....more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

When the Wall of Secrecy Collapses

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Foreign Accounts, Shell Companies, Blind Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts, Offshore Trusts, Global Citizenship and US Residency are just a few of the Terms highlighted in the mega divorce proceedings of a Palm Beach County...more

Are All Troll Cases Exceptional?

In Iris Connex, LLC, v. Dell, Inc., [2:15-cv-1915-JRG] (January 25, 2016), District Judge Gilstrap, after granting summary judgment to Dell, awarded attorneys fees, noting Dell’s arguments that Iris Connex’s claim...more

How the Yellow Submarine Informs Due Diligence Lessons From 1MDB

by Thomas Fox on

Enrichment is the theme for today’s post as it is personal and illegal enrichment which seems to be the continuing message from the 1MDB scandal involving the disgraced Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. In an article in the...more

Sorry, Apple, Assignment of ITU Applications Isn’t MAGIC

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Another installment of Apple surveillance: it appears the tech giant has enlisted a shell company to file trademark applications for its newest products. Problem is, they might be stuck there....more

De-Risking 101

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

Good-Bye to Wyatt Earp and More on 1MDB

by Thomas Fox on

Wyatt Earp died this week. Not the original Wyatt Earp who died in 1929 but the Wyatt Earp of my lifetime, who was actor Hugh O’Brian. O’Brien portrayed Earp in the long running television series Wyatt Earp which ran in the...more

Customer Due Diligence in the Post-Panama Papers Era

by Michael Volkov on

Sometimes it takes a scandal to advance a policy or law enforcement cause. The Panama Papers scandal has given new life to financial regulators around the world who seek to impose customer due diligence requirements on banks...more

Banking Through Shell Companies Just Got Harder

by Sanford Millar on

For many U.S. and non-U.S. persons access to the U.S. banking system is key to preservation of the wealth or operation of their business. Anyone looking for banking security and liquidity will maintain an account in a U.S....more

FinCEN Expands Crackdown on Real Estate Buyers

by Michael Volkov on

Building on early successes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced new rules targeting buyers of high-end real estate properties. Earlier this year, FinCEN adopted rules focusing on high-end...more

FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...more

Will the Panama Papers Lead to Criminal Charges Against U.S. Taxpayers?

by Perkins Coie on

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), collaborating with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, in spring 2016 began leaking approximately 11 million internal documents obtained without permission...more

Use of Shell Companies To Shield Identity Further Limited

by Sanford Millar on

On July 27, 2016 the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, (FinCEN) of the Department of the Treasury issued expanded Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that will...more

Red Flags Squelch Corrupt PDVSA Deal

by Thomas Fox on

As the Petrobras corruption scandal seems to be going strong, we turn our attention to what may be the most corrupt of all the national energy companies, the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA)....more

¡Primera Convicción de FATCA!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

El 9 de Mayo del 2016, el Departamento de Justicia (DOJ) anunció su primera convicción usando FATCA. Parece ser el principio de procesos penales por el DOJ contra violaciones aparentes o presuntas de los requisitos de...more

Wall Street Executive Pleads Guilty In Investment Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Andrew Caspersen, a former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud. U.S. v....more

"Hong Kong Regulatory Update - June 2016"

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

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