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FINRA Reg Notice 17-40: Is Your AML Program Ready For FinCEN’s CDD Rule?

by Bryan Cave on

On November 21, 2017, FINRA issued Regulatory Notice 17-40 to provide member firms guidance regarding their obligations under FINRA Rule 3310 (Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Program) in light of the Financial Crimes...more

Luxembourg transparency registers: soon a reality!

by Dentons on

On 6 December 2017, two Bills of Law which will implement articles 30 and 31 of the Directive (EU) 2015/849 of the European Parliament and the Council of 20 May 2015 on the prevention of the use of the financial system for...more

What FINRA Found In Its Examinations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

FINRA recently issued a report regarding its examination findings. FINRA issued this report so that firms can gain insight from the work of FINRA’s examination of other firms. Among the FINRA’s findings are the following...more

Pushing Ethics and Compliance Programs in the New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department’s aggressive enforcement program, particularly in the FCPA arena, has been the primary impetus to the growth and empowerment of the corporate compliance function. The Justice Department and SEC’s FCPA...more

Monetary Authority of Singapore Release Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore address initial coin offerings and also how current laws will be applied to intermediaries. The Result: Whether a...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

Sports betting could be fast approaching on the horizon

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

If the Supreme Court rules in New Jersey's favor in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, states around the country will want to capitalize on opportunities presented by the widespread public interest in...more

New German Money Laundering Act Establishes Additional Transparency Requirements for Certain Listed Companies, European Capital...

by Jones Day on

On 25 June 2017, the new German Money Laundering Act came into force, which primarily implements the 4th European Anti-Money-Laundering Directive (EU 2015/849) into German law. Among others, the Act establishes a new...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

Cross-Border Investigations Update - November 2017

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases, regulatory activity and other key developments, including new U.K. reporting obligations for sanctions violations,...more

Incorporating AML Compliance Into a Compliance Program (Part III of III)

by Michael Volkov on

Global companies should implement an AML program and KYC practices that follow the general outline for best practices, though it does not need to be as rigorous as a financial institution. For most companies, AML risks can...more

Addressing AML Risks in Your Third-Party and Vendor/Supplier Relationships (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

Global companies should incorporate AML risks into their risk analysis of their third-party distributors, agents and other intermediaries. The basic questionnaire, due diligence risk analysis, contractual provisions,...more

Anti-Money Laundering Risks for Global Companies (Part I of III)

by Michael Volkov on

Non-financial institution companies operating in the global marketplace face ever-increasing risks of money laundering. Sophisticated criminal organizations have developed their own mechanisms and strategies to skirt money...more

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

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

by DLA Piper on

On Wednesday 18 October 2017, the UK Government introduced the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the "Sanctions Bill") into Parliament. The Sanctions Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on 1...more

The Courts Speak: Bank Liability for Alleged AML Failures Impacting Third Parties, and Hauling into U.S. Court Foreign Defendants...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We discuss two recent federal court opinions addressing two issues of increasing frequency and importance: (i) the potential civil liability of financial institutions to non-customers and other third-parties for alleged...more

Making the Case for Requiring Beneficial Ownership Information

by Michael Volkov on

In this era of aggressive enforcement, global companies have to integrate beneficial ownership requirements when conducting due diligence of business associates and when engaging customers....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

Singapore Simplifies Rules for Managers of Venture Capital Funds

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The Monetary Authority of Singapore ("MAS") has introduced a new simplified regulatory regime for managers ("VC Managers") of venture capital funds ("VC Funds"). The Impact: The new regime has simplified and...more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 3 November 2017 – 9 November 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Allen & Overy publish weekly updates on key regulatory topics affecting the financial services sector. If you would like to receive this update by email please contact RegulatoryChange@allenovery.com. BREXIT - HoL EU...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

SEC Charges Wells Fargo With Failing to File SARs

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has an on-going program monitoring whether broker-dealers timely file suspicious activity reports or SARS with the Financial Crimes Network or FinCEN. Its most recent case in this area focused on the failure of...more

OFAC Increases Clarity Regarding Financial Transactions with Cuba

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), with the stated intent of channeling economic...more

With Another Veteran Criminal Prosecutor At FinCEN’s Helm, Aggressive AML Enforcement Expected To Continue

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Kenneth A. Blanco as Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau in Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. The leading...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

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