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Treasury Issues Proposed Rules to Enhance Financial Transparency

On July 30, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S Department of the Treasury proposed rules under the Bank Secrecy Act to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence requirements for banks and other financial...more

AML BSA and Sanctions Compliance Part II of II June 24, 2014  [Video]

The Department of Justice and the Treasury Department have stepped up AML/BSA and Sanctions Enforcement. With the ever-increasing expansion and modification of sanctions, risks for all businesses, not just financial...more

Offshore Asset Reporting: Rules, Enforcement, and Options for Compliance

In this presentation: -Overview: Reporting Regimes for Offshore Assets -Department of the Treasury: Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) -Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign...more

Treasury Extends FATCA Compliance Date, Announces Other Amendments Affecting Foreign Banks

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced in Notice 2014-33 that 2014 and 2015 will be transitional years from an administrative and enforcement perspective regarding the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax...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

Two Non-U.S. Banks Agree to Pay Penalties Totaling $160 Million for Violations of U.S. Sanctions Laws Resulting from Omnibus...

Recent enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Government against non-U.S. banks for violations of U.S. sanctions laws demonstrate the need for financial institutions, particularly those that act as custodians or financial...more

Does Your Wellness Plan Need a (Legal) Check-Up?

Wellness plans must comply with complex final regulations that were issued last year by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”). To help plans from falling off...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 49: Waiting for the Final Code Section 4980H Regulations

So where are they? Final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s rules governing shared responsibility of employers were widely expected to have “dropped” before the beginning, or perhaps during the first...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 1 • January 2014 (Global)

Invariably, the end of a calendar year brings “year-in-review” retrospectives on topics both major and mundane. Similarly, the start of a new calendar year is always accompanied by predictions and forecasts for the ensuing 12...more

The IRS Formal Guidance Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages Has Benefit and Payroll Implications for Employers

After months of speculation, on August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service published formal guidance on the treatment of same-sex spouses under the Internal Revenue Code. In Revenue Ruling 2013-17, the IRS confirmed that a...more

First Significant Tax Guidance Issued on Impact of Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

As we discussed in a previous WSGR Alert, the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor concerning same-sex marriage will significantly affect many employee benefit plans. The IRS recently released the first significant...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - July 22, 2013

SEC and EU Supervisory Cooperation for Asset Management Industry - On July 19, the SEC announced that it signed various memoranda of understanding with the financial regulators of 25 member states of the EU and 3...more

FATCA Compliance Update: U.S. Treasury Announces Six Month Delay In Implementing FATCA

On July 12, 2013, the U.S. Treasury announced that due to overwhelming concern from countries around the world, the implementation of FATCA (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) would be deferred from January 1, 2014 to...more

Health Care Reform Employer Mandate Delayed; DOMA Struck Down - What Now For Employers?

Health Care Reform Employer Mandate and Reporting Provisions Delayed until 2015 - The U.S. Department of the Treasury unexpectedly announced on July 2, 2013 the delay of the employer shared responsibility ‘pay or play’...more

Employers Face Compliance Options In Lights Of Delayed Implementation Of Pay Or Pay Mandate Under The ACA, But Other ACA...

On July 2, 2013, the Treasury Department’s announced that enforcement of the "Pay or Play" mandate under the ACA will be delayed until January 1, 2015. This announcement was followed by a brief notice from the IRS which...more

IRS Guidance Released on the Delayed Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Rules - Penalties Will Not Apply to...

On the heels of last week’s announcement that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) reporting requirements and Play or Pay penalties will not go into effect until 2015, the IRS has released transition relief clarifying that the...more

Operational Regulatory Risks Facing Private Equity Firms

If you work in the private equity world, you probably know that you are already exposed to a variety of regulatory risks and obligations that can have a significant impact on your firm’s operations and financial rate of...more

Climbing Everest And Your Compliance Process

What is your compliance process? I thought about that question when I read an article in this month’s National Geographic Magazine entitled “Maxed Out on Everest” by Mark Jenkins....more

Tough New Iran Sanctions Could Impact Automotive Suppliers

Multinational companies in the automotive supply sector could face heightened enforcement risks under new sanctions on Iran. Effective March 8, 2013, U.S. parent companies will become liable for Iran-related sanctions...more

IRS Announces Extended FATCA Deadlines

On October 24, 2012, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Announcement 2012-42: Timelines for Due Diligence and Other Requirements Under FATCA (Announcement). The Announcement provides that final regulations (Final...more

U.S. Treasury/IRS Amend FATCA Rules And Extend Certain Deadlines

As we move toward the end of 2012, many non-U.S. financial institutions have been eager for information on how the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is going to be implemented. They are the entities which will have...more

Third FATCA Compliance Model Announced - Inter-Governmental Agreements

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued joint statements with the governments of Japan and Switzerland on June 21, 2012 outlining a new framework for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) in those countries to...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”)

On February 8, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced the release of proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) for the next phase of implementing reporting and withholding provisions of the HIRE Act...more

Final Proposed FATCA Regulations Issued

The U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on February 8, 2012 issued proposed regulations addressing the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA,” which was...more

Proposed Regulations Provide FATCA Compliance Guidance for Foreign Financial Institutions, Other Foreign Entities and U.S....

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Sections 1471–1474 of the Internal Revenue Code. The proposed regulations provide updated guidance on information...more

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