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Innovate or Incriminate: Safeguarding Financial Institutions from Money Laundering Risks

December 4, 2023 | Due Diligence Financial Crime Consulting Risk + Compliance

What You Need to Know

In October 2023, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) enacted multiple sanctions targeting the supply chain of fentanyl and other illicit drugs. In addition to sanctions compliance obligations, financial institutions that deal in trade finance should modify their existing sanctions and suspicious monitoring programs to identify narcotics traffickers who produce, sell and purchase chemicals of interest. These additional efforts would both combat the fentanyl crisis and limit the financial institution’s risk … Read More

Mergers + Acquisitions: 5 Tips For Navigating FCPA Risks

January 31, 2023 | Financial Crime Consulting

Among the risks inherent in a merger or an acquisition, few bring the financial and reputational consequences of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).


The FCPA prohibits the offer, promise, authorization, or payment of money or anything of value, either directly or indirectly, to a foreign official, private individual, or entity, to obtain or retain government business. Enacted in 1977 in response to incidents of American companies bribing foreign officials to obtain lucrative government contracts, its enforcement is … Read More

Bank Merger Compliance Risks: Are You Prepared?

January 17, 2023 | Compliance Financial Crime Consulting

Bank mergers and acquisitions are becoming a regular part of life in the banking industry, especially for smaller and medium-sized organizations. They provide significant opportunities for institutions to expand their customer base, enhance capital for lending and investments, and grow geographically to capture new customers and new products. But they can also disrupt existing compliance programs and controls. For example, the acquiring institution must set aside sufficient resources to identify and address potential compliance gaps before the merger is completed … Read More

Focus on Foreign Banks’ Sanctions Compliance Programs in the U.S. and Globally
Upgrading and Empowering Compliance to Help Address National Security Risks 

January 10, 2023 | Financial Crime Consulting National Security Risk + Compliance

As the Russia – Ukraine war rages on, one outcome so far is clear:  the Western nations remain aligned and united to confront Russian aggression. The West’s synchronized, roll-out of economic and trade sanctions against Russia since February 2022 combined with their limited military support, demonstrate that the West’s tight, global coordination helps Ukraine courageously defend its nation and citizens. Importantly, coordinated alignment also protects the homeland and critical infrastructure of each Western nation, including that of the United States.… Read More

Enhanced Due Diligence on Potential Clients is Increasing in Importance for Law Firms

September 29, 2022 | Due Diligence Financial Crime Consulting

Regulatory trends and high-profile investigations suggest that law firms should conduct enhanced due diligence background checks on all potential clients as part of standard risk management and compliance protocols.  

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed anti-money laundering legislation that would require law firms (in addition to accountancies, payment service providers, and trust companies) to report suspicious transactions by clients, as banks already must do. 

Despite industry push back and arguments by some that the affirmative reporting obligations would negatively Read More

The Looming Bear Market is Likely to Bring More Prosecutions

June 23, 2022 | Financial Crime Consulting

When the tide goes out, as it appears to be doing now with the market down 20% percent from its highs in January, bad actors will be left exposed for everyone to see. Simply put, as the market drops those companies hiding behind lofty share prices and astronomical crypto values will be scrutinized to determine if financial fraud and white-collar crime was behind this activity.

The Department of Justice recently brought two significant, complex cases that illustrate this point when … Read More

With Enforcement Actions Likely to Increase in 2022, Companies Should Ask Where the Bodies are Buried

February 14, 2022 | Compliance Financial Crime Consulting

In 2022, companies are likely to see an increase in white collar and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Here are just a few reasons why this is likely to happen. First, in the late fall, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco indicated that the Justice Department would bring a renewed focus on corporate crime and that the Department was “going to find ways to surge resources” to its prosecutors. In January, another senior Justice Department official, Nicholas McQuaid, said at a … Read More

Payoneer OFAC Settlement Provides Direction for Fintech Compliance Officers

October 14, 2021 | Financial Crime Consulting test

The regulatory landscape for fintechs is continually evolving. It is critical that compliance officers stay on top of what is going on in the industry to ensure they make the best decisions and take proactive measures in alignment with current regulations. The recent OFAC settlement with Payoneer, Inc. for apparent violations of multiple sanctions programs is an excellent case study for compliance officers with fintechs and payment processors to heed when enhancing their compliance programs.

For those not familiar with … Read More

FinCEN’s Assessment on the Use of No-Action Letters—What Happens Next?

July 26, 2021 | Financial Crime Consulting

On June 30, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) finished an assessment of whether it should create a process for issuing no-action letters in connection with the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and other anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (“AML/CFT”) laws and regulations. The short answer is Yes—FinCEN has concluded that a no-action letter process would be valuable, and the agency will be taking steps towards a rulemaking.

A no-action letter is a letter from an agency … Read More

5 Tips to Best Position Your Fintech for a Banking Charter License Application

March 23, 2021 | Financial Crime Consulting Risk + Compliance

5 tips for fintechs applying for a banking charter licenseRecently, several financial technology (“Fintech”) organizations have applied for – and been granted – banking charter licenses. For example, in May 2019, Grasshopper was approved for a charter issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, while in July 2020, Varo Money was approved for a national bank charter.

As mentioned in an earlier post, in March, Square, Inc. (“Square”) announced that it had commenced banking operations under its independently governed subsidiary industrial bank, Square Financial Services … Read More