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AML Regulation and Compliance Trends

by Michael Volkov on

Regulators and enforcement agencies continue to pursue aggressive regulations and requirements for financial institutions (a very broad definition under Title 31 of the US Code and regulations). The new administration does...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

Manafort Indictment Alleges High-End International Money Laundering and Tax Fraud Involving Offshore Accounts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As the world now knows, an indictment against Paul Manafort, Jr., a former campaign chairperson for now-President Donald Trump, and Manafort’s associate, Richard Gates III, was unsealed yesterday. ...more

New GTO covers Wire Transfers

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

On August 22, 2017, FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) published a new Advisory regarding Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) covering residential real estate transactions in certain counties or boroughs of New...more

FinCEN Warns U.S. Financial Institutions Of Venezuelan Money Laundering Threat

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an advisory to alert financial institutions of widespread public corruption in Venezuela and the methods Venezuelan senior political figures...more

Complying With FinCEN’s Revised GTOs: What Real Estate Professionals Need To Know About Anti-Money Laundering

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This article is Part II of a series in which we address the U.S. government’s attempts to combat money laundering in real estate transactions....more

FinCEN Issues New Geographic Targeting Order for Shell Companies Purchasing High-End Residential Real Estate

In its latest effort to combat money laundering within the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has issued a new Geographic Targeting Order (“GTO”) broadening its scrutiny of shell companies...more

FinCEN Expands GTOs and Closes Wire Transfer Loophole

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) continues to expand its Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) with respect to beneficial ownership transparency in real estate...more

FinCEN’s Revised GTOs Expand Real Estate Money Laundering Crackdown To Hawaii, Close “Wire Transfer” Loophole

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This article is Part I of a series in which we address the U.S. government’s attempts to combat money laundering in real estate transactions. This week the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network...more

FinCEN Expands Its AML Target Real Estate Deals and Information Collection

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced on August 22, 2017, that it is expanding its earlier Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons...more

FinCEN Issues Revised Geographic Targeting Orders Focusing On Shell Companies Purchasing Luxury Properties In 7 Major Metropolitan...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the issuance of revised Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell...more

Cash Purchasers of Real Property Face Renewed Focus

by Sanford Millar on

In the course of our practice we represent foreign investors in real property. In addition to providing tax advice on how to best structure a real property investment we focus on advising our clients on how comply with...more

FinCEN Reveals That Geographic Targeting Orders Are Generating Meaningful Intelligence Leading To Money Laundering Prosecutions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a press release touting recent law enforcement success stories based upon Bank Secrecy Act reporting by financial institutions, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network revealed publicly for the first...more

Geotargeting Medical Facilities? Massachusetts Says ‘No Snoop For You!’

by Morgan Lewis on

Geotargeting—delivering content to users based on their geographic location—has become a popular and effective marketing tool. Yet proper implementation may be more nuanced than originally contemplated because certain...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Gov. Brown Opposes Measure S - In a statement published less than two weeks before Los Angeles' Consolidated Municipal and Special Elections to be held on March 7, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown came out in opposition...more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

Facebook Unfriends Policy Allowing for Exclusion of Certain Racial and Ethnic Groups in Housing, Credit, and Employment...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The social network giant, Facebook—amid criticism and a push from public figures and congressional leaders—announced that the site would no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups in the areas of...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

2016 was a busy year for developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues. In part one of our year-in-review, we discuss six key...more

Expansion of US disclosure requirements will impact foreign investors – the future of money laundering and tax enforcement

by DLA Piper on

The United States is turning its attention to activities by foreign investors who use US trusts, limited liability entities, and other investment structures to conceal the ownership of criminal proceeds or foreign tax...more

FinCEN Expands Crackdown on Real Estate Buyers

by Michael Volkov on

Building on early successes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced new rules targeting buyers of high-end real estate properties. Earlier this year, FinCEN adopted rules focusing on high-end...more

FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...more

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect against Risks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Bribery, money laundering, and sanctions are key international risk areas for any global business, particularly those investing or operating in high-risk jurisdictions and industries. In addition to meaningful enforcement...more

FinCEN Expands Targeting of High-End Cash Real Estate Transactions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN has announced a major expansion and extension of its geographic targeting orders (GTOs) aimed at high-end cash buyers of real estate. This action reflects FinCEN’s continued efforts to prevent money laundering through...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016

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Regulatory Developments - FDIC Seeks Comments on Third-Party Lending Guidance - On July 29, the FDIC announced that it is seeking comments on proposed Guidance for Third-Party Lending addressing steps...more

FinCEN Tightens the Screws on Money Launderers with Additional Scrutiny of High-Value Residential Real Estate Transactions

Choice real estate markets such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Antonio may offer enticing amenities like buzzing nightlife or sunny beaches, but thanks to the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

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