Tagged: AML

The United States Strategy on Countering Corruption: Digging into the Anti-Corruption Initiatives (Part III of III)

The new United States Strategy on Countering Corruption includes several important statements of interest to legal and compliance professionals.  Under the third of the five pillars, Holding Corrupt Actors Accountable, the U.S. Government specifically calls out the importance of private sector commitment to anti-corruption compliance programs “to improve the international business climate by encouraging the adoption and enforcement of anti-corruption compliance programs by U.S. and...

Episode 218 — The Biden Administration’s New Strategy on Countering Corruption

The Biden Administration announced a new, comprehensive anti-corruption initiative, the United States Strategy on Countering Corruption. The new anti-corruption initiative is the follow on to the earlier announcement elevating the global anti-corruption battle to a national security concern. After that announcement, the Biden Administration conducted a 200-day inter-agency examination to develop a comprehensive government-wide anti-corruption initiative. The 38-page plan released last week outlines steps for cracking...

Episode 141 — Practical Approaches to Managing Beneficial Ownership Risks (Part II of II)

In a two-part series, Michael Volkov examines the continuing problem of identifying and mitigating beneficial ownership risks.  Money launderers and corrupt individuals continue to rely on corporate structures to disguise their ownership interests to further illicit schemes.  Companies have to develop strategies that practically address the risks without dedicating disproportionate resources to the problem. In the first episode, Michael Volkov discusses beneficial ownership risks and...

Episode 125 — Interview of Elizabeth Slim, Senior Consultant at the Volkov Law Group: AML and Financial Compliance Trends

Elizabeth Slim, Senior Consultant at the Volkov Law Group, discusses Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Compliance trends.  Liz recently joined the Volkov Law Group and has extensive experience in the banking and financial compliance industry.  She is major thought leader in anti-money laundering compliance and enforcement, and a leader at ACAMS. In this Episode, Michael Volkov discusses Liz’s career and her thoughts on AML and financial...

Elizabeth Slim, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Joins The Volkov Law Group

The Volkov Law Group is pleased to announce that Elizabeth (“Liz”) Slim has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant. Liz can be reached at [email protected] Liz has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (“CAMS”) for 15 years; she has over thirty-five (35) years specializing in bank operations, compliance, risk management and regulatory training at various community to mid-size financial institutions.  For the last fifteen...

FINRA Fines BNP Paribas $15 Million for Anti-money Laundering Violations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is not known for its aggressive enforcement record.  But that may be changing. FINRA recently fined BNP Paribas for $15 million for anti-money laundering deficiencies in the broker-dealer unit’s operations that allowed billions of dollars’ worth of suspicious penny stock and foreign currency transactions. BNP’s senior management failed to respond to repeated warnings from staff that the firm’s minimal AML...

UBS Pays $15 Million for AML Compliance Deficiencies

UBS Group agreed to pay a combined $15 million penalty to the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”)and the SEC for regulatory deficiencies in its anti-money laundering compliance program.  UBS is required to pay $5 million to the Treasury Department; $5 million to the SEC and another $5 million to FinCEN. UBS’ broker-dealer unit, UBS Financial Services, Inc. (“UBSFS”), violated the Bank Secrecy...

Dig a Little Deeper: The Importance of Beneficial Ownership

Companies interact with a large number of entities in the outside world – customers, third party intermediaries and vendors and suppliers to name the most significant ones. These relationships are the lifeblood of a company. In today’s world, companies have to know with whom they are dealing – not just the name of the company, not just the officers of the company, but the natural...

Customer Due Diligence in the Post-Panama Papers Era

Sometimes it takes a scandal to advance a policy or law enforcement cause. The Panama Papers scandal has given new life to financial regulators around the world who seek to impose customer due diligence requirements on banks and other key players in the financial industry. Knowing Your Customer is not only a basic requirement but is fast becoming a potential enforcement nightmare. In this era,...

FinCEN Expands Crackdown on Real Estate Buyers

Building on early successes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced new rules targeting buyers of high-end real estate properties.  (Here). Earlier this year, FinCEN adopted rules focusing on high-end buyers of real estate in Miami and New York City. The new rules required title companies to report the beneficial owners of limited liability companies and shell companies which use cash to purchase high-end real...