Posts Categorized: Financial Institutions

FinCEN Guidance on AML Customer Due Diligence Rules to Become Fully Effective May 11, 2018

The Finance Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) of the U.S. Treasury Department, which oversees most of the federal anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations, issued Customer Due Diligence (“CDD”) rules on May 11, 2016, that are to become fully effective on May 11, 2018.  These rules apply to AML diligence to be done by covered U.S. financial institutions,… Read more »

CFTC Issues Report on Virtual Currencies

On October 17, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commision’s (the “CFTC”) LabCFTC, the CFTC’s division launched this year to look at financial technology (“FinTech”), issued a press release and its first primer (in the form of an outline on slides) called “A  CFTC Primer on Virtual Currencies” (the “Primer”).  Perhaps the most important statement in the… Read more »

Second Treasury Report on Changes to Dodd-Frank

In response to Executive Order 13772 on Core Principles for Regulating the U.S. Financial System, February 3, 2017, the U.S. Treasury (the “Treasury”) issued its second report on October 6, 2017, entitled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities:  Capital Markets” (the “Report”). after the first report on banks and credit unions was released in… Read more »

Treasury Report on Changes to Dodd-Frank

In response to Executive Order 13772 on Core Principles for Regulating the U.S. Financial System, February 3, 2017, the U.S. Treasury (the “Treasury”) issued its first report on June 12, 2017, entitled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities:  Banks and Credit Unions” (the “Report”) and a press release.  The lengthy Report recommends extensive changes… Read more »

U.K. Anti-Money Laundering Regulation Updated

The United Kingdom has published a near final regulation, the Money Laundering and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (the “Regulation”) under the E.U. Fourth Money Laundering Directive, to replace the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.  The Regulation is due to go into effect on June 26, 2017, although it may be delayed.  Under the… Read more »

Non-EU AIFs to be Subject to EU Rules

On May 4, 2017, the EU Commission adopted proposals to amend the current European Market Infrastructure Regulation (“EMIR”).  The proposals contain a number of possible changes, but among them is a proposed change to the definition “financial counterparty” to include an Alternative Investment Fund (“AIF”), whether established in the EU or outside the EU, even if its manager is… Read more »

FINRA Seeks Comment on Proposed Revisions to Unfair Underwriting Rule

On April 15, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) published Regulatory Notice 17-15, seeking comments on its proposed revisions to FINRA Rule 5110, which prohibits broker-dealers from being involved in unfair underwritings.  The changes are, according to FINRA, designed to modernize the rule, first adopted in 1992 and updated last in 2004.  The changes… Read more »

FINRA Proposes to Restructure Exams

On April 7, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) published in the Federal Register its proposal (the “Proposal”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 8, that would consolidate registration rules, restructure the representative-level qualification examination and amend continuing education requirements.  Among other things, the Proposal would create a new exam, the Securities Industry Essentials… Read more »

FINRA Issues Proposed Safe Harbor Exemption for Desk Commentary

On April 11, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued Regulatory Notice 17-16 proposing a safe harbor exemption from many of the research rules for certain desk commentary.  Firms may also decide that other desk commentary outside the proposal is not research, but if the desk commentary fits within the safe harbor it will be… Read more »