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U.S. Supreme Court To Review Ex-CEO's Appeal Regarding Restitution Of Legal Fees Associated With An Internal Investigation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear an appeal from a two-judge, Fifth Circuit panel decision regarding whether federal law permits restitution orders in criminal cases to cover the costs of...more

FinCEN Said to Be Reviewing Marijuana Guidance

We recently reported that the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) was retaining its Bank Secrecy Act marijuana guidance. Last week, a senior official in the Department of the Treasury...more

SEC, USAO Charge Six With Misappropriating PCAOB Data

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York took the unusual step of charging six accounts from KPMG and/or the PCAOB with misappropriating and using confidential information from the Public...more

NY Fines Money Transfer Company $60M for Lax Controls, Facilitating Suspicious Transaction

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The New York State Department of Financial Services fined a large money transfer company $60 million for allowing some of its agents to aid in a significant number of money laundering transactions—including payments that...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal from the D.C. Circuit of Raymond J. Lucia Companies on the question of whether the Constitution’s Appointments Clause applied to SEC ALJs. While the Court will presumably resolve...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2017: Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector

by Dechert LLP on

Luxembourg recently published two important bills to combat money laundering and terrorism financing – one transposes the EU AML4 Directive1 into Luxembourg law; the second establishes a central register of beneficial owners,...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 366 Jonathan Marks on performing and using a root cause analysis

by Thomas Fox on

In this podcast, I visit Jonathan Marks, a partner at Marcum LLP on how to perform a root cause analysis and its uses in the remediation phase of a best practices compliance program. One new and different item was laid out in...more

Cannabis Podcast — Update on Sessions Memo

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to all U.S. Attorneys discussing marijuana enforcement. The one-page memo rescinds previous DOJ guidance on marijuana enforcement, and has been seen by some as...more

Could the Crypto-Rouble Spell Crypto-Trouble for Sanctions?

Russian President Vladmir Putin has directed his government to develop a state-backed cryptocurrency, according to a Financial Times report published on January 2nd. A Putin advisor says that the “Crypto-rouble” could be used...more

DOJ Announces $3.7 Billion in 2017 FCA Recoveries

by Morgan Lewis on

DOJ highlights healthcare, housing and mortgage, and procurement fraud as largest areas of recovery; impending changes under the new tax legislation could limit tax deductions for False Claims Act payments....more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Keppel Offshore Reaches Deal with DOJ and Guilty Plea by Counsel Unsealed – On December 22, 2017, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a Singapore based company that operates shipyards and...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Keppel Offshore Reaches Deal with DOJ and Guilty Plea by Counsel Unsealed – On December 22, 2017, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a Singapore based company that operates shipyards and...more

U.S. Attorney General Reverses Policy on Legal Marijuana

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded, effective immediately, previous enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on marijuana, including the Cole Memo. The move creates uncertainty...more

Municipal Advisor Firm and Principal Charged with Fraudulent Practices and Breach of Fiduciary Duty as SEC Continues Enforcement...

by Bracewell LLP on

The SEC charged registered municipal advisor Malachi Financial Products, Inc. and its principal Porter B. Bingham with violations of Sections 15B(a)(5) and 15B(c)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) and...more

Up in Smoke: Saying Goodbye to the Cole Memo

In what could hardly be characterized as a surprise, on January 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum (the “Sessions Memo”) that rescinds the seminal cannabis “Cole Memo” of August 29, 2013 and other...more

The Future of Financial Crime and Enforcement is Cyber-Based

by K&L Gates LLP on

On November 8, 2017, federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York indicted Joseph P. Willner—a securities trader from Pennsylvania—for securities fraud, money laundering, and associated conspiracy charges related...more

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Keppel Offshore Reaches Deal with DOJ and Guilty Plea by Counsel Unsealed – On December 22, 2017, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (KOM), a Singapore based company that operates shipyards...more

New Tax Bill Will Rewrite Rules for Deducting Disgorgement Payments to SEC

by Jones Day on

U.S. tax reform will mean new rules for deducting fines, penalties, and other amounts, including disgorgement, paid to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Currently, Internal Revenue Code section 162(f)...more

AML News: FINRA Guidance

In the latest anti-money laundering news, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published guidance on AML obligations of firms subject to FINRA supervision. What happened - FINRA’s guidance supplements the...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 80, The Last Jedi Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance- and ethics-related stories of the week, including: 1. There are several FCPA 40th anniversary pieces going up these days. The FCPA Blog is looking...more

France Announces Its First Deferred Prosecution Agreement

In a move that could signal a new phase of government enforcement in France, on November 27, 2017, French authorities published a Convention judiciaire d’intérêt public (CJIP) with HSBC Private Bank Suisse SA (HSBC PB), the...more

DOJ Announces Major New Shift in Criminal Sentencing in Offshore Tax Matters

At the 34th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud in Las Vegas yesterday afternoon, Mark Daly, DOJ Tax Division Senior Litigation Counsel announced a major new shift in how the Department of Justice plans to argue...more

Further Implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation, European Capital Markets Update

by Jones Day on

On 31 July 2017, a new law was adopted to further implement and ensure the effectiveness of Regulation 596/2014 on market abuse ("Market Abuse Regulation"). This new law amends the law of 2 August 2002 on the supervision of...more

Texas Bank Faces $2M Fine From FinCEN

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) hit a Texas bank with a $2 million Assessment of Civil Money Penalty for Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) violations of Section 312 of the USA PATRIOT Act...more

A Primer for In-House Counsel: Corporate and Financial Crimes, Part 1: : Criminal Law 101

What Statutes Set Out Criminal Offences in Canada? Canada’s criminal law is set out in the Criminal Code. The Criminal Code is made by Parliament and applies equally in every province and territory. The Criminal Code...more

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