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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

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

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

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

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

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

China's Stringent New Rules on Yuan Transfers Could Hinder EB-5 Fundraising

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Chinese government has enacted new rules severely limiting foreign currency transfers out of China. The scope of the limitations are not clear but the Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese banks advised their customers...more

G20 Priorities for 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The G20 Leaders published the Priorities for the 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7 and 8, 2017. The document sets out the areas in which the G20 will build on previous work and further areas...more

Follow the money - the Criminal Finances Bill

by White & Case LLP on

The Criminal Finances Bill sets out measures to combat money laundering and tax evasion that will also affect corporate compliance requirements, particularly in the finance and professional services sectors....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

Second Circuit Highlights Bank Regulators' Actions in Weighing Alien Tort Statute Claims

by White & Case LLP on

In Licci v. Lebanese Canadian Bank, the Second Circuit reaffirmed its prior rulings that international law does not recognize corporate liability for crimes under international law, and so dismissed claims by foreign...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

MAS Withdraws BSI’s Merchant Bank Licence, Yeo Jiawei Charged with Money Laundering

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On 24 May 2016, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that it had served on BSI Bank Limited (BSI) a notice of intention to withdraw its status as a merchant bank in Singapore and will impose financial penalties...more

Blog: European Parliament Moves To Crack Down On The Use Of Virtual Currencies For Money Laundering & Terrorism

by Cooley LLP on

The European Parliament has just published a press release, describing a “move to crack down on [the] use of virtual currencies for money laundering, terrorism“, although that’s not quite what the backstory suggests is about...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #8

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OFSI publishes updated Financial Sanctions Guidance - OFSI has published an updated version of Treasury’s Financial Sanctions Guidance. It provides a guide to the approach OFSI will take when issuing licences and...more

European Parliament Draft Report Calls for the Creation of Task Force Devoted to Digital Currencies

by Goodwin on

A new report published by the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs calls for the establishment of a task force, with its own budget and dedicated staff, that would study digital currencies and...more

BCBS Finalizes Revised General Guide to Account Opening

On February 4, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (“BCBS“) published a revised draft of its guidelines on “sound management of risks related to money laundering and financing of terrorism” which comprises the...more

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