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Russian Legislation Update: January – February 2018

by White & Case LLP on

Welcome to the most recent issue of our Russian Legislation Update, covering the period of January – February 2018. In this issue: - Banking - Currency Control - Anti-Money Laundering - Disclosure of Information -...more

Wolfsberg Group Updates Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Wolfsberg Group has published an updated version of its Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire (dated February 22, 2018). The CBDDQ has been enhanced and expanded in line with regulatory expectations on...more

UK Joint Money Laundering Steering Group Obtains Ministerial Approval for Updated Guidance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The UK’s Joint Money Laundering Steering Group has confirmed that it has received approval from HM Treasury for the final revised guidance it published in December 2017 on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing...more

Global Regulators to Maintain AML Pressure on the Cryptocurrency Industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 23, the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) signaled that the inter-governmental body “will step up its efforts in monitoring the use of cryptocurrencies in money laundering.” ...more

Financial Action Task Force Reports on Financing of Recruitment to Terrorist Organizations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Action Task Force has published a Report on the financing of recruitment for terrorist purposes, as part of its strategy on combating terrorist financing. The Report has been compiled using input from relevant...more

Mexico’s AML Regime Evaluated by the FATF: Systemic Improvement, but Suspicious Transaction Reporting and Law Enforcement Efforts...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) issued a report concluding that Mexico needs to “step up efforts in pursuing money launderers.” ...more

U.K. Regulator Critiques Legal Industry AML Compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its “Risk Outlook, Autumn Update” (“Update”) released last week, the Solicitor Regulation Authority (“SRA”), a regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales, found that although the legal sector remains at...more

The Accountant and the Paradise Papers

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Under U.S. Tax Law, it is appropriate for an Accountant to advise a US Taxpayer regarding his tax efficiency if the Taxpayer wants to pay less tax and accumulate wealth. While tax avoidance is legal and encouraged by the...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

Reporting Entities Beware: AUSTRAC is Becoming More Active and Getting More Powers

by K&L Gates LLP on

There are good reasons to suspect that we may soon see increased enforcement action from the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regulator, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre...more

Wolfsberg Group Adopts New Standards on Correspondent Banking and Payment Transparency

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Wolfsberg Group has published two new standards, the Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire (CBDDQ) and the revised Payment Transparency Standards. The Wolfsberg Group was established in 2002 and comprises...more

Belgium issues new law on anti-money laundering transposing the fourth EU Directive and implementing the FATF recommendations

by White & Case LLP on

The Belgian State Gazette published on Friday 6 October 2017 the law of 18 September 2017 preventing money laundering and financing of terrorism and limiting the use of cash (the"Law"). The Law replaces the law of 11 January...more

The Corporate Transparency Act: A Proposal to Expand Beneficial Ownership Reporting for Legal Entities, Corporate Formation...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In late June, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Peter King of New York introduced The Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”). In August, Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio introduced companion legislation in the...more

FinCEN Issues Latest Advisory on FATF-Identified Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 15th, FinCEN issued its latest “Advisory on FATF-Identified Jurisdictions with AML/CTF Deficiencies.” The FATF, or the Financial Action Task Force, is a 37-member intergovernmental body, including the United...more

FinCEN Continues Its Focus on Real Estate Transactions through Advisory and GTOs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN has announced the expansion of its Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) for high-end cash buyers of real estate. The expansion is two-fold. First, FinCEN has expanded the scope of Form 8300 reportable transactions to...more

Extension to UK sanctions reporting requirements

by DLA Piper on

On 8 August 2017 new regulations will come into effect in the UK imposing enhanced sanctions reporting obligations on professional service providers. There are some variations across the regimes, but in general the...more

AML Due Diligence Standards for U.S. Lawyers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Increasingly, international bodies are calling for higher standards for gatekeepers, known in the parlance of the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) as “designated non-financial businesses and professions” (“DNFBPs”)....more

Proposed Legislation Would Combat Terrorist Financing, Money Laundering

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- Proposed legislation targets current gaps in U.S. financial crime law and enforcement - Bi-partisan Senate legislation would likely expand compliance obligations for banks and others in financial services industry -...more

AML and Sanctions: 2017 Trends and Developments

by WilmerHale on

Over the past year, regulators continued to actively examine compliance, introduce new and heightened requirements, recalibrate global priorities, and aggressively pursue enforcement. This report reviews recent trends and...more

The FCA publishes its Business Plan 2017/18 and Mission: a clearer path ahead?

by Dentons on

On 18 April the FCA published several important documents which, overall, aim to provide greater clarity about how it operates and more transparency about its decision-making. We give our views on the key documents and...more

Focusing On What Matters: Preventing Money Laundering Should Be the Shared Goal of the Government and the Cannabis Industry

Suffice it to say, the appointment of Jeff Sessions as the United States Attorney General did not remove uncertainty from the cannabis industry. How our new Attorney General will approach the industry remains unclear. Indeed,...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

CSSF Press Release 17/06 Dated 13 February 2017 - The CSSF confirmed that it follows ESMA on its opinion in relation to the requirements for UCITS share classes....more

Anti-money laundering bulletin - Spring 2017

by DLA Piper on

DLA Piper’s Financial Services Regulatory team welcomes you to the Spring 2017 edition of our Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Bulletin. In this issue, we provide updates on AML developments and enforcement actions in the UK and...more

Appetite for Masala Bonds grows

by DLA Piper on

Borrowing by Indian companies from the overseas market or "External Commercial Borrowings" (commonly referred to as ECBs), is regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and is governed by the various rules specified by the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - New York Department of Financial Services Promulgates First-in-the-Nation State Cybersecurity Regulation - On February 16, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Institutions...more

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