Anti-Money Laundering (AML)

On August 31, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the nomination of Adrienne Harris as the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services – New York’s top financial regulator and a key regulator in the banking, anti-money laundering, fintech, insurance, and cryptocurrency spaces. Harris, whose nomination is still subject to confirmation, has

On August 10, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) jointly announced $100 million in civil settlements with five entities responsible for the operations of BitMEX, a foreign peer-to-peer convertible virtual currency (“CVC,” or cryptocurrency) derivatives exchange.  FinCEN said that the settlement represents FinCEN’s first enforcement action against

Crowell & Moring’s Derek Hahn and Dj Wolff have co-authored the United States chapter of WorldECR’s Managing Investigations: Best Practice in Government and Internal Investigations. The guide provides information about investigatory authorities in 21 countries responsible for sanctions, export control, anti-corruption, and AML enforcement, and answers questions on related policies, procedures, and best practices

On July 16, 2021, Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen announced that the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) would all convene to discuss interagency work on stablecoins this upcoming July 19. A stablecoin is a type of cryptocurrency

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

Thursday, May 6th / 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

US regulators have demonstrated that “check-the-box” screening is no longer sufficient for evaluating Bank Secrecy Act/Anti Money Laundering (BSA/AML) and sanctions compliance programs. The OCC, Federal Reserve, New York Department of Financial Services, and other major regulatory agencies have increased scrutiny on the effectiveness of

On March 9, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published its first Notice related to one of the many changes made in the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (the AML Act), passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which we wrote about here. FinCEN’s guidance informs financial

Firms Build Financial Services Powerhouse in New York, London and D.C.

New York – March 18, 2021: Crowell & Moring and Kibbe & Orbe have agreed to join forces to provide expanded service offerings to clients in the financial services industry. As part of the transaction, 24 lawyers from the storied financial law firm would

The incoming Biden administration faces a number of serious international trade issues, including increased tensions with China, the implementation of Brexit, and last, but far from least, a global pandemic that continues to impact global supply chains, mobility, and many other aspects of our interconnected world. Join us as we identify these issues along with

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