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Financial Intelligence – what businesses need to know

by Hogan Lovells on

The Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act (the Act) was enacted by President Jacob Zuma, and published in the Government Gazette on 2 May 2017. The Act is designed to make the South African financial system...more

On the ‘Front Lines’ of Battling Terrorism

With two decades of experience in bank fraud investigations and anti-money laundering compliance—including the creation of early-warning systems to detect potential money laundering and suspicious activity—Thomas Bock was...more

AML Due Diligence Standards for U.S. Lawyers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Increasingly, international bodies are calling for higher standards for gatekeepers, known in the parlance of the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) as “designated non-financial businesses and professions” (“DNFBPs”)....more

Proposed Changes to Cross-Border Reporting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part III of the Analysis of the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 - As we recently blogged, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on...more

Proposed Bill Seeks to Transform International Tax Evasion into Money Laundering

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part II of the Analysis of the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 As we recently blogged, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25,...more

Senators Propose the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on May 25, 2017 a bill, S. 1241, entitled the “Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.” Although it is...more

MENA Countries Sever Ties with Qatar

by Jones Day on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya's eastern region-based government, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), and the internationally recognized government of Yemen severed ties with Qatar,...more

Blockchain Week in Review – May 2017 #4

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

The New Paradigm: Proposed Reforms of the AML/CFT Regime by The Clearing House

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Today we are very pleased to welcome guest blogger Greg Baer, who will address a series of significant issues posed by a detailed paper published by The Clearing House, a banking association and payments company that is owned...more

Draft EU Guidelines for Payment Service Providers on Preventing Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering in Electronic Fund...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities has published a consultation on proposed guidelines on preventing terrorist financing and money laundering in electronic fund transfers under the EU Wire Transfer...more

FICA Bill signed into law

by Hogan Lovells on

The Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act is designed to make the South African financial system intolerant to abuse in the form money laundering and the financing of terrorism and bring South Africa in line with...more

Nuovi adempimenti derivanti dal recepimento della IV Direttiva Antiriciclaggio

Lo schema di decreto legislativo approvato dal Governo lo scorso 23 febbraio 2017, ed ora sottoposto all'esame del Parlamento (di seguito "Schema di Decreto"), recante attuazione della Direttiva (UE) 2015/849 del Parlamento...more

The Supreme Court Considers Whether Companies Can Be on the Hook for Human Rights Violations Under the Alien Tort Statute

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to address the question of whether companies can be liable in federal court for human rights violations under a 1789 law. Most appeals courts that have considered this question found...more

Weighing Corporate Liability under the Alien Tort Statute: What it Means for AML/CFT Controls

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Supreme Court granted certiorari on April 3 to decide whether Jordan-based Arab Bank may be liable for claims including allegations that its New York branch processed transactions for known terrorists. While the central...more

Amendments to the regulation on money laundering prevention and financing of terrorism applicable to financial institutions

by White & Case LLP on

Amendments to the general provisions on money laundering and financing of terrorism applicable to banking institutions, brokerage houses, regulated and unregulated non-bank lending and finance institutions, currency exchange...more

Indictment of Alleged High-Profile Financier of Terror Focuses on Transactions with U.S. Businesses

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging Kassim Tajideen, an alleged prominent financial supporter of the Hizballah terror organization, with evading U.S. sanctions and conspiring to...more

FDIC Chairman: A “Culture of Compliance” Begins at the Top

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In his remarks during last week’s launch of Case Western Reserve School of Law’s Financial Integrity Institute, FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg spoke on the historical context of today’s BSA/AML regulatory framework and the...more

UK Government Publishes Red Tape Review of UK Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism Regime 

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK Government has published a review of the UK's Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism regime. The document summarizes the views and evidence submitted by businesses to the UK Government's Cutting Red...more

New obligations for jewelry companies - Rosfinmonitoring has developed a draft law setting up a legal mechanism to combat the...

by Dentons on

Public discussion started on 20 February 2017 of a draft federal law on amendments to Federal Law No. 115-FZ on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism of 7 August 2001 (the "Draft Law"). The Draft Law was...more

KL Snapshot #12 – Janvier-Février 2017

Banque & Finance – Hubert de Vauplane - Rapport Terra Nova : Les conflits d'intérêts, nouvelle frontière de la démocratie de février 2017 - Hubert De Vauplane a été auditionné le 20/03/15 dans le cadre de la...more

Regulation Round Up - February 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The FCA and PRA announced changes to enforcement process with the aim of strengthening the transparency and effectiveness of enforcement decision-making processes. Some of the changes have already come into force, the rest...more

Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing with a Distributed Ledger

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite the staggering $8 billion figure estimated to be spent on global compliance in 2017, U.S.-based rules regarding Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (“CFT”) remain anchored in their...more

Hong Kong Proposes Enhanced AML Obligations for Professionals and Beneficial Owner Registries for Hong Kong Companies

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Hong Kong Government has recently proposed to expand its anti-money laundering (“AML”) laws. This is expected to assist Hong Kong in keeping pace with AML developments in other financial centers, and to prepare for its...more

AML Rules for Payment Industry Proposed by European Union Regulators

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA) issued on February 10, 2017 draft rules regarding certain anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism steps for Member States of the European Union (EU)....more

Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity Among the 2017 SEC Examination Priorities

by Hogan Lovells on

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations’ (OCIE) 2017 Examination Priorities regarding certain practices, products, and services that...more

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