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On Oct. 3, 2018, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (collectively, the “Agencies”) issued an interagency statement regarding the sharing of Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) resources (“Interagency Statement”). The Interagency Statement is directed at banks, and does not extend to other financial institutions…
In late June 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) took action on a number of fronts, including re-implementing stricter sanctions against Iran, issuing detailed sanctions regulations under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (“Global Magnitsky Act”) and easing sanctions against Sudan. Firms that engage in business that touches upon Iran or Sudan should carefully review these changes. Moreover, firms should make sure to incorporate the names of…
In late June 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) took action on a number of fronts, including re-implementing stricter sanctions against Iran, issuing detailed sanctions regulations under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (“Global Magnitsky Act”) and easing sanctions against Sudan. Firms that engage in business that touches upon Iran or Sudan should carefully review these changes. Moreover, firms should make sure to incorporate the names of…
On Aug. 25, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued for public comment a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) requiring investment advisers registered with the SEC (“RIAs”) to establish anti-money laundering (“AML”) programs and report suspicious activity to FinCEN pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”). The long-anticipated Proposed Rule arrives nearly seven years after FinCEN withdrew earlier proposed AML rules, published in 2002 and 2003, directed at investment advisers, unregistered investment companies and…
On Dec. 18, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a first-of-its-kind $1-million assessment against the former chief compliance officer and senior vice president of government affairs at MoneyGram International Inc. Separately, on Dec. 22, 2014, Bank Leumi USA and Bank Leumi Le-Israel, B.M. entered into a consent order with the New York State Department of Financial Services, under which the Bank admitted engaging in an illegal cross-border scheme to assist U.S. clients in evading…
On Dec. 18, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued a first-of-its-kind $1-million assessment against the former chief compliance officer and senior vice president of government affairs at MoneyGram International Inc. FinCEN determined that the CCO “willfully violated” the requirements to: (1) “implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering program;” and (2) “report suspicious activity.” On the same day, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York filed a civil complaint…
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on May 20, 2015 announced a settlement with global resources company BHP Billiton over allegations that BHP Billiton violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) by providing luxury travel packages to foreign government officials and their spouses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The settlement, imposed through a Cease-and-Desist Order (“Order”), underscores the importance of adequate safeguards and internal controls when providing hospitality to foreign government officials. Click…
The United States and others have imposed economic sanctions and issued anti-money laundering advisories in the wake of the growing political tensions between the United States and Russia over the fate of Ukraine. Click here for a summary of the actions taken by authorities to date and discusses compliance implications for investment funds. Fund managers should continue monitoring developments in this rapidly fluctuating area of heightened sanctions and AML risk.…
On Nov. 14, 2012, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) jointly issued A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “Guide”), available at http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/29520121114101438198031.pdf. The 120-page Guide provides a detailed analysis of the FCPA from the perspective of the government agencies charged with enforcing it. The Guide was issued after complaints byU.S. business interests about certain gray areas in the statute, and an OECD recommendation…
On March 5, 2012, FinCEN issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPRM”) requesting input from various industries on customer due diligence (“CDD”) requirements for financial institutions. Financial institutions that would be covered by this CDD rule would include banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, futures commission merchants and introducing brokers in commodities. In addition, other industries such as money service businesses, including providers of prepaid access; insurance companies; casinos; dealers in precious metals, stones and jewels;…