Financial Regulatory Forum

Learn the compliance lessons from an epic fail in correspondent banking and trade finance

By Kim R. Manchester, Thomson Reuters Accelus contributing author

NEW YORK, July 16 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - A Settlement Agreement was released in June 2012 by the United States Department of the Treasury regarding the voluntary self-disclosure to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) by ING Bank, N.V. (ING Bank), a financial institution registered and organized in the Netherlands. The violations of numerous sanctions programs imposed by the United States against Cuba, Burma, the Sudan, Libya and Iran were determined by the Americans as “egregious.” (more…)

EXCLUSIVE: Ernst & Young to oversee high-stakes review of Citibank transactions, sources say

By Brett Wolf

NEW YORK, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - Citibank has retained Ernst & Young to supervise a regulator-mandated review of the bank’s transactions that will seek to determine the degree to which alleged compliance failures allowed drug traffickers or other criminals to launder money, sources familiar with the arrangement said.

The results of this high-stakes process will likely play a key role in determining the size of any fine the regulator ultimately levies against the South Dakota-based bank, the sources said. (more…)

Grading Canada’s enforcement efforts

By John Mackie

CANADA, March 8 (Business Law Currents) – With the Supreme Court of Canada having put an end to the notion of a national securities regulator this past December, securities regulation and enforcement remain matters of provincial and territorial jurisdiction, at least for the time being. In the wake of that decision, several reports have recently been issued regarding enforcement activities by provincial regulators. (more…)

The Einhorn effect? How the FSA’s authority might be undermined by vocal unrepentant sinners

By Peter Elstob

LONDON/NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) could see its credibility undermined as individuals with deep pockets choose not to challenge fines, instead paying up but then publicly criticising the regulator, a leading regulatory lawyer has warned. “I think it will be interesting to see whether … individuals and firms decide, for good commercial reasons, not to challenge cases, but to either settle them or to leave them uncontested, but then to comment rather adversely on the FSA’s process and finding,” said Helen Marshall, a former senior FSA enforcement official and now a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP.  (more…)

State Street says U.S. requested info on funds

   By Svea Herbst-Bayliss
   BOSTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – State Street Corp <STT.N> reported on Monday that federal securities regulators and federal prosecutors had asked it to supply information about several of its funds. (more…)

US, UK companies see lawsuits rising in 2010, survey finds

LOS ANGELES, Oct 16 (Reuters) – U.S. and U.K. companies saw a rise in legal disputes this year and expect more litigation in 2010, spurred by tighter regulation, whistleblowers and bankruptcies, a survey of corporate counsel showed.
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HK reappoints top insider-trading buster for 3 yrs

steward-2     HONG KONG, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Hong Kong has reappointed the chief enforcement officer of its financial sector watchdog for an additional three years, underscoring the city’s recent determination to stamp out insider trading. (more…)

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