Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

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

Washington – August 6, 2021: Himamauli Das, senior advisor at Crowell & Moring International, LLC, has been named acting director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the anti-money-laundering unit of the U.S. Treasury Department. Das assumes the role at a time when FinCEN is moving to implement provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of

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 April 5, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register seeking public comment on 48 questions with respect to the implementation of the beneficial ownership reporting requirements in the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) and the implementation of the related database maintenance use and

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

On October 23, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a joint notice of proposed rulemaking that would amend the Bank Secrecy Act’s Recordkeeping Rule and Travel Rule regulations. The proposed changes would: (a) lower the threshold for covered cross-border transactions from $3,000 to $250, and (b) extend the

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

On October 1, 2020, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) each released advisories (the OFAC Advisory and the FinCEN Advisory) addressing financial crime-related risks associated with ransomware and ransomware payments. The OFAC Advisory focuses on the risk that ransomware attacks or payments may involve sanctioned persons

On September 16, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an advanced notice of rulemaking (“ANPRM”) requesting comments on proposed regulatory changes under the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) that aim to enhance the effectiveness of anti-money laundering (“AML”) programs.  The proposals reflect the recommendations of a working group within the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory