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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

by Dentons on

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

U.S. and Chinese Financial Intelligence Units Sign MOU

by Locke Lord LLP on

On December 11, 2015, the Directors of the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the China Anti-Money Laundering Monitoring and Analysis Center (CAMLMAC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that...more

Crowdfunding – Old-Fashioned Potato Salad or New-Fangled Money Laundering Tool?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Have you ever been depressed when a Kickstarter project to make potato salad proceeded to rake in more than your annual salary? Felt a sense of despair as an Indiegogo campaign to develop an X-rated card game went on to...more

Anti-Money Laundering Update: HM Treasury Advisory Notice on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Controls

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

On November 12, HM Treasury published an advisory note on money laundering and terrorist financing controls in jurisdictions outside the European Union. The advisory note identifies that on October 23, the Financial Action...more

Treasury updates ML advisory

by Dentons on

Treasury has updated its advisory on money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing controls in overseas jurisdictions. It continues to advise that North Korea, Iran and Myanmar are high risk, and firms should apply enhanced...more

FSB reports on correspondent banking

by Dentons on

FSB has published a report to G20 on actions taken to assess and address the decline in correspondent banking. It claims correspondent banking is essential for individuals, businesses and banks themselves. The report updates...more

FATF reports on emerging terrorist financing risks

by Dentons on

FATF has published its report on emerging terrorist financing risks. It provides an overview of the various financing mechanisms and financial management practices used by terrorists and terrorist organisations. ...more

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