Financial Regulatory Forum

Former MoneyGram compliance chief facing potential record fine regarded as anti-laundering innovator

By Brett Wolf
October 6, 2014

In the late 1990s former MoneyGram International Inc executive Thomas Haider was a compliance leader pushing the money transfer industry to do more to fight financial crime, convincing his and other firms to voluntarily police transactions for illicit activity and report to authorities, a former official with the Treasury Department’s anti-money laundering bureau says.

Bankers say “derisking” underway amid sanctions crackdown; that’s the point, U.S. regulator says

October 3, 2014

A process of “derisking” is underway by financial firms exiting sectors that represent compliance landmines, bankers said on Tuesday, but a top U.S. sanctions enforcer said that is sometimes just the right move.

CFTC’s swap dealer rule for compliance chiefs: many questions in first “annual reports”

By Guest Contributor
October 1, 2014

By Henry Engler, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - New rules governing swap dealers and the requirements for dedicated chief compliance officers are now more than a year in effect, and a new review of the so-called “annual reports” that dealers must submit to the Commodities Futures Trading Commission suggest there are still lingering questions over the roles and responsibilities of CCOs, particularly for non-U.S. dealers.

U.S. bank liquidity ratio rule: more lenient than proposed, but tougher than Basel

By Guest Contributor
September 30, 2014

By Bora Yagiz, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Large banks may have to make small modifications to their asset mix, raise more equity and ramp up their operational systems in response to federal agencies’finalized rule on liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) . It is the first quantitative U.S. regulatory standard for defining liquidity and establishing a minimum level of liquidity, and is part of the enhanced prudential standard rules of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Safeguard customers’ personal information; regulators are watching

By Guest Contributor
September 19, 2014

By Julie DiMauro, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - In a sanction that can serve as a wake-up to the financial industry, Verizon Communications last week agreed to pay $7.4 million to end an investigation that found it failed to tell two million new customers about their privacy rights before using their information for marketing purposes, the Federal Communications Commission said.

Authorities seek more AML scrutiny of L.A. fashion district as raid nets cartel-linked targets

By Guest Contributor
September 17, 2014

By Brett Wolf, Compliance Complete

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Roughly 1,000 law enforcement agents poured into the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning to raid shops and arrest nine people suspected of using businesses to launder large sums of cash generated by drug trafficking and other illicit activity, the U.S. Justice Department said. The money laundering problem in the area has prompted authorities to request a formal designation subjecting it to greater enforcement scrutiny. (more…)

Standard Chartered’s AML lapses provide crucial lessons on internal controls

By Guest Contributor
September 9, 2014

By Julie DiMauro, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Standard Chartered Bank’s $300 million penalty from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) for compliance failings last month highlights the importance of having effective transaction monitoring procedures to meet regulatory requirements, particularly those pertaining to high-risk clients. But what are these transaction monitoring requirements, and who is a high-risk client?

Bank of America’s mortgage-fraud deal yields quick impact; message may not be what enforcers wanted

By Guest Contributor
August 26, 2014

By Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - It took just one day for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Thursday that Bank of America would pay $16.65 billion over charges of fraudulent mortgage origination, securitization and servicing to have an impact.

U.S. regulators ease credit risk rules on guarantees for banks using advanced approach

By Guest Contributor
August 15, 2014

By Bora Yagiz, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Three major U.S. regulatory agencies have eased requirements under the advanced approach risk-based capital rules by removing a key requirement concerning guarantees provided by counterparties eligible for recognition as credit risk mitigants.

Effective training a weak link in many compliance programs – survey

By Guest Contributor
August 13, 2014

By Emmanuel Olaoye and Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Firms, especially those in the financial services sector, have improved their compliance and ethics training programs but are still being challenged in measuring their programs’ effectiveness, two researchers told Thomson Reuters Compliance Complete on Wednesday.