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On June 30, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued its first-ever Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism National Priorities (the “Priorities”). FinCEN was required to do this by the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AMLA”), enacted on January 1, 2021, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021. FinCEN

On January 1, 2021, the Senate followed the House and voted to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA). As is typical, the NDAA touched on a wide range of legal areas, including numerous new government contracts requirements, as well as a number of sanctions and export

Another Circuit Weighs in on Border Search Authority Creating Circuit Split

On May 23, 2018, the Eleventh Circuit, in United States v. Touset, held that reasonable suspicion is not required to perform a forensic search of an electronic device at a U.S. border. Appellant, who was convicted of numerous counts based on evidence recovered

On Friday, January 5, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, released the fiscal year (FY) 2017 statistics relating to warrantless searches of electronic devices at the border; they show a significant increase in border searches—30,200 in FY 2017, up from 19,051 in FY 2016 (which was

On November 29th, the Department of Justice unveiled a revised Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement policy that provides significant incentives for corporations to voluntarily self-disclose potential FCPA violations.

The new policy makes permanent many aspects of a pilot program started under the Obama Administration with one significant enhancement: a presumption of a corporate declination

On May 23, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the dismissal of a challenge to the U.S. Treasury’s  use of Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act against Andorran bank Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA) by the bank’s majority shareholders.

The court’s decision provides important support for Treasury’s use

On April 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Treasury Department’s use of Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act to impose “special measures” with respect to Tanzanian Bank FBME, Ltd.

The court’s ruling allows the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to proceed with implementing a final

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia again delayed implementation of a rule by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) branding FBME Bank Ltd. as a “primary money laundering concern” and effectively severing the foreign bank from the U.S. financial system. The rule, which would prohibit

On May 6, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released a final rule (the “Final Rule”) requiring banks, brokers or dealers in securities, mutual funds, futures commission merchants, and introducing brokers in commodities (collectively, “covered financial institutions”) to obtain and record beneficial ownership information as part of their anti-money laundering