Financial Regulatory Forum

Digital currency firms rush to adopt anti-money laundering rules amid global crackdown

By Thomson Reuters Reporting Team

NEW YORK, June 3 (Thomson Reuters Accelus/Reuters) – These are unsettling times for digital currency businesses and the venture capitalists backing them.

On Tuesday, the authorities in Spain, Costa Rica and New York arrested five people at the digital currency firm Liberty Reserve, including its founder Arthur Budovsky, and seized related bank accounts and Internet domains.  (more…)

Goldman standards review reflects new compliance landscape

By Nick Paraskeva, for Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Goldman Sachs’ report on new business ethics and practices voiced lofty ambitions that are both frequently aired and difficult to implement. But it also articulated higher standards on issues such as reputational risk, suitability and conflicts of interests, which are increasingly demanded by customers, regulators and investors.

The 30-page report was adopted by Goldman Sachs after an extensive review in the wake of financial-crisis scandals that saw it hauled before Congress and pilloried in the press. Violations of compliance standards such as those at Goldman also emerged at several other firms in the post-crisis period. This misconduct has hurt the reputation of the entire financial industry. (more…)

CFTC rules on swaps trading put demands on compliance oversight

By Nick Paraskeva, for Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - New U.S. rules requiring many over-the-counter derivatives to be traded on swap execution facilities and exchanges will have a major impact on the compliance and risk processes of market participants. Price quotation, execution and trade reporting requirements adopted last week by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission aim to bring transparency to the previously unregulated swaps markets.

The rules contain some concessions in response to industry lobbying against earlier proposals, but they did not squelch the opposition. (more…)

No bank is ‘too big to jail,’ U.S. Attorney General Holder warns

By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Corruption, cyber threats and transnational organized crime – and the money laundering that greases the wheels of illicit commerce – are high on the list of law enforcement priorities, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. (more…)

U.S. consumer bureau’s first criminal referral is a warning for regulated banks

By Emmauel Olaoye, Compliance Complete

WASHINGTON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Lenders who work closely with unregulated financial companies should conduct a thorough background check on the track record of such companies if they want to avoid being sanctioned by regulators.

The advice comes a few days after federal prosecutors charged debt settlement company Mission Settlement Agency and four individuals with mail and wire fraud. The charges were the result of allegations that the defendants ran a scheme that victimized more than 1,200 people across the United States. (more…)

Exclusive: Consultancies on second tier as Justice Department seeks HSBC compliance monitor

By Brett Wolf, Compliance Complete

May 14, (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Although a federal judge in Brooklyn has not yet signed-off on a deal between HSBC and the Justice Department that would settle allegations that anti-money laundering failures at the bank allowed drug cartels to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, candidates for a lucrative job policing the bank’s compliance with the pact are scrambling to win the work. (more…)

EXCLUSIVE: Public face of controversial AML rule-making effort to leave U.S. Treasury Department

A top U.S. Treasury Department anti-laundering official who has played a key role in the development of a controversial proposal to require banks and broker-dealers to better know their customers is leaving the department. Friday will be his last day. (more…)

ACCELUS SUMMIT: FATCA compliance is a manageable challenge, but deadlines loom

By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, May 2 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – A U.S. law to improve tax compliance by U.S. taxpayers with foreign financial assets is creating confusion for foreign financial institutions that must cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service to help enforce the law.

The law, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, requires U.S. taxpayers with certain foreign financial assets and offshore accounts to report the assets to the Internal Revenue Service.  (more…)

ACCELUS SUMMIT: Former U.S. SEC chief Pitt warns against imposing regulations abroad, urges industry engagement

Nick Paraskeva, for Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, May 2 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The United States should recognize it can no longer impose its regulatory solutions on the rest of the world, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission head Harvey Pitt said on Thursday.

“The time when the U.S. could be arrogant is long over, as is the time when it could believe it could hold on to financial services in this country,” Pitt told the Thomson Reuters Accelus annual Compliance & Risk Summit in New York.  (more…)

SEC’s Walter says she is open to alternatives to overseeing investment advisers

By Emmanuel Olaoye, Compliance Complete

WASHINGTON, Apr.19 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - There are several ways to ensure adequate examinations investment advisers: by charging investment advisers user fees, getting a bigger budget from Congress or through a self-regulated organization that oversaw investment advisers, SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter said. The important thing is to get on with it.  (more…)

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