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Financial Crimes

Prosecutor Kenneth A. Blanco Named as Incoming Head of FinCEN

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Treasury has issued a press release naming Kenneth A. Blanco as the incoming Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN. ...more

FinCEN Fines Texas Bank $2M for Alleged Failure to Vet and Monitor Mexican Correspondent Banking Relationship – But Touts Bank’s...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN recentlty announced entry of a $2 million assessment against Lone Star National Bank, a private bank operating out of Texas, for the bank’s allegedly willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and inadequate...more

Money Laundering Watchdog Criticizes Lax AML Enforcement and “Creative Compliance” in Wake of Panama Papers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

PANA Issues Recommendations to European Parliament: Tougher Enforcement, Greater Transparency, Improved Information Sharing and Prohibitions Against Outsourcing of Customer Due Diligence....more

Key Regulatory Topics: Weekly Update - 13 October 2017 – 19 October 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

BREXIT - Please see the Financial Crime section for an update on the new Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill which is presently being considered by the UK Parliament in preparation for Brexit. TheCityUK publishes...more

Suspicious Activity Reports Rarely Provide “Operational Value” to Law Enforcement Investigations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Royal United Services Institute (“RUSI”) for Defence and Security Studies — a U.K. think tank – has released a study: The Role of Financial Information-Sharing Partnerships in the Disruption of Crime (the “Study”). ...more

Financial crime and investigations update for UK corporates

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The law and practice relating to financial crime and investigations is evolving fast. In the past 18 months we have seen two new Acts aimed at combatting financial crime (including the creation of two new corporate criminal...more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 Commences with New Tax Evasion Offences, Anti-Money Laundering Rules, and Asset Forfeiture...

On 30 September 2017, Part 3 of the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “CF Act”) came into force creating new corporate offences for failing to prevent the facilitation of UK or overseas tax evasion. Similar to the standard...more

Criminal justice: How best to stop economic crime

by WilmerHale on

Speaking at the 35th annual Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Robert Buckland QC MP, the Solicitor General for England and Wales, and David Green QC, Director of the SFO, addressed the question, “Preventing...more

Second Circuit Upholds Prosecutorial Discretion in Deferred Prosecution Agreements

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in United States v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. that a federal district court does not have the authority to supervise the implementation of a deferred...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 17

by DLA Piper on

The juxtaposition of items in the financial news is always fascinating. Earlier this week, an article appearing in the Wall Street Journal stated that state legislatures are moving to bolster investor protections due to...more

China Shuts Down ICO Market

For the past few months, issuers of token sales or “initial coin offerings” (ICOs) have known that they were, to some extent, sailing in unchartered waters. Those waters have just gotten a bit murkier with an announcement by...more

401(k) Plan Sponsor Steals Assets To Support Country Club Life

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of my favorite lines from Seinfeld is when George Costanza gets a job where Elaine works at Pendant Publishing. He’s fired for having sex in the office with the cleaning woman. George pardons ignorance, asking whether it...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews suggests that the devil is definitely in the details in Sempra Energy’s apparent winning bid for Oncor. Control of the company, for example, isn’t as simple as it might seem....more

Blockchain Week in Review – August 2017 #6

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

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Bring Action Against Promoter of Bitcoin Store, Inc.

by Perkins Coie on

On June 30, 2017, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney brought parallel civil and criminal fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, the owner of an unregistered broker-dealer entity named InCrowd Equity Inc., and two corporate entities...more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy: Part Three "The Good, The Bad and The Wealthy" - The New...

by Dechert LLP on

The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “Act”) represents a further significant development in the approach to the investigation and prosecution of financial crime in the UK1. The new offence of failure to prevent the...more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy: Part Two: "For a Few Days More" - Reform of the Suspicious...

by Dechert LLP on

The UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “Act”) represents a further significant development in the approach to the investigation and prosecution of financial crime in the UK. The new offence of failure to prevent the...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

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy

by Dechert LLP on

Part One: "A Fistful of Tax Dollars" - A New Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion.. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 represents a further significant development in the approach to the...more

UK Proposal for Register of Foreign Beneficial Ownership of Real Estate Continues Global Trend Toward Transparency

On 5 April 2017, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (the “Department”) issued a call for evidence (the “proposal”) for a public register (the “foreign ownership register”) which would contain...more

FDIC Chairman: A “Culture of Compliance” Begins at the Top

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In his remarks during last week’s launch of Case Western Reserve School of Law’s Financial Integrity Institute, FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg spoke on the historical context of today’s BSA/AML regulatory framework and the...more

Review of UK agencies responsible for tackling economic crime

by WilmerHale on

On Monday 13 March the Financial Times, in an article titled ‘UK economic crime agencies given fitness test’, reported on comments made by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, alluding to a review of the agencies tasked with...more

Aim for the crime, shoot for the cover-up: the SFO secures a conviction for destroying evidence

by WilmerHale on

The factual proof of a financial crime is typically found in the financial data and supporting documentation. Given the evidential obligation on investigative and prosecutorial bodies to identify, collect, verify and analyse...more

Are Forensic Accountants an Attorney’s Silver Bullet?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

From the art of interviewing, to recognizing mathematical irregularities, and following the money, Forensic Accountants are a proven invaluable tool for Attorneys and their clients. “Finding” the money combines the skill...more

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