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Anti-Money Laundering Update: California Card Club Clubbed by FinCEN for AML Violations

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Post at a glance: • FinCEN imposes $8 million penalty against California’s biggest and oldest card club • Club failed to implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program and failed to detect,...more

What If You Are Ineligible For The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? Attorney Proffers versus Quiet Disclosures

by Sanford Millar on

Since the beginning of the current Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs (OVDP) in 2009 tens of thousands of U.S. taxpayers have come forward to report previously undisclosed foreign financial accounts. The addition of the...more

SEC Enforcement: Another Look At Last Fiscal Year

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC published its statistics for the last fiscal year in a glossy report centered on a discussion of the new retail/cyber focus of the Enforcement Division. Statistics are not the sole measure of success the agency...more

News Flash: Kleptocrats Still Taking Bribe Money With One Hand and Laundering it With the Other

The summer of 2017 saw the U.S. Department of Justice’s docket still teeming with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases. In this post, we draw a few lessons from three of them, which bring together three threads that...more

California Card Club Plagued By Allegations Of Criminal Activity Fined $8 Million For AML Violations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced that it had fined a California card club, Artichoke Joe’s Casino, $8 million for numerous willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act...more

DOJ Sues Foreclosure Trustee for Illegally Foreclosing on Homes of Servicemembers

by Goodwin on

On November 9, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) annou?nced its lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee for wrongfully foreclosing on at least twenty-eight servicemembers in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act...more

On Eve Of “Paradise Papers” Release, At-Risk Individuals Should Consider Immediate Action To Mitigate Potential For Criminal...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tomorrow morning (November 17) the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is set to release publicly the first set of comprehensive data from the recent “Paradise Papers” leak. The initial data will...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Decision to Ban Ex-Libor Trader Hayes Delayed Pending Criminal Review

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Conduct Authority has announced that it has decided to prohibit former trader Tom Hayes from performing any function relating to any regulated activity in the financial services industry. The FCA stated that Mr....more

Defence & Indemnity - October 2017: I. INSURANCE ISSUES A.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES: A. Where an insured’s employee followed an email from a fraudster posing as a vendor to change the electronic payment instructions to an account controlled by the fraudster, coverage was denied under...more

CRA Ratings Review Gets Update From OCC

In a new bulletin, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) outlined its updated “policy and framework for determining the effect of evidence of discriminatory or other illegal credit practices” on the Community...more

Anti-Money Laundering Update: FinCEN Makes Small Texas Bank Pay Big Fine for Violating Bank Secrecy Act

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

This Post at a Glance: - FinCEN imposes $2 million penalty against community bank - Bank failed to conduct appropriate due diligence related to Mexican customer - Small banks, other financial institutions need to...more

Court Declines to Revisit Reversal of LIBOR Convictions

The Second Circuit has denied the government’s request for rehearing en banc in United States v. Allen, et al. (16-cr-98). In July, a panel of the Court (Cabranes, Pooler, Lynch) vacated the convictions of Anthony Allen and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The DOJ unsealed criminal charges against five individuals involved in the Rolls-Royce FCPA action previously brought by the DOJ, SFO and Brazilian authorities. The charges were filed in the Southern District of Ohio. Each...more

Episode 10 -- How to Conduct a Risk and Compliance Program Assessment

by Michael Volkov on

An effective ethics and compliance program requires a careful assessment of risks and existing controls. In order to design and implement an effective program, a chief compliance officer has to identify and prioritize...more

Lawyers Beware: Battle of Legal Professional Privilege of Internal Investigation Continues in England and Wales

Last month, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales granted permission for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. Ltd. (“ENRC”) to appeal the May 2017 decision by the High Court relating to a dispute over the legal professional...more

Report Exposes Mexico's Anti-Corruption Flaws

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A new report shows that Mexico did the right thing by passing a new national anti-corruption legal regime (the National Anti-Corruption System) in 2016. The new report, from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF, aka GAFI),...more

Blockchain Week in Review – October #8

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

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play

The ICO boom in 2017 brings with it questions of jurisdiction and compliance, and a need for further guidance - The benefits of ICOs in raising capital, as well as in providing a marketing push for a new business model,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s focus on retail investors is reflected in cases filed this week. One involved the manipulation of securities prices by gaining unauthorized access to retail accounts and then trading securities....more

FTC and Illinois AG Settle With “Phantom” Debt Collectors For $47 Million

by Goodwin on

?On November 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Illinois Attorney General’s Office (Illinois AG) announced that they had reached a settlement to resolve a joint action brought against affiliated Chicago-based debt...more

October 2017: Second Circuit Immunity Decision Upends Cross-Border Criminal Investigations

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in United States v. Allen, --- F.3d ----, 2017 WL 3040201 (2d Cir. July 19, 2017) (slip opinion available at https://goo.gl/FkfwNN), which holds that U.S. courts must give...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - November 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Massachusetts-based Alere Inc. will pay $13 million to settle charges alleging that the company bribed foreign officials and engaged in an accounting fraud, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Cease and...more

A UK Version of OFAC?

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation ramps up enforcement activities in London - A new UK sanctions enforcement body with added civil enforcement tools is ramping up activities. ...more

Forex Trader Found Guilty Of Defrauding Client

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 23, 2017, following a four-week trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Mark Johnson, the former head of a foreign exchange (“forex”) trading desk for a major financial...more

UK Tax Round Up - October 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

UK Tax News and Developments - Government White Paper on Customs Bill - On 9 October, the Government published a White Paper setting out its approach to the introduction of a new customs and VAT regime after the UK...more

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