October 04, 2019 By: Natasha Bright, ACSS Reporter
The virtual currency sector has exploded in the last few years. What began as one cryptocurrency in 2009 – Bitcoin – has ballooned into a market of more than 2200 in circulation as of July 2019. Even FaceBookcurrently has plans to roll out a new cryptocurrency – the Libra. The company has announced its target launch of the coin in the first half of 2020. Yet, financial institutions, regulatory bodies, and governments around the globe remain apprehensive about engaging with this sector due to its inherent risk. (more…)
August 05, 2019
OFAC Publishes New Framework for Compliance Commitments, Naming 5 Essential Components
On May 2, 2019, the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments “in order to provide organizations subject to U.S. jurisdiction, as well as foreign entities that conduct business in or with the United States or U.S. persons, or that use U.S.-origin goods or services, with a framework on the essential components of a sanctions compliance program”. This guidance marks the first time that OFAC has provided prescriptive guidance to companies on its views of what should be included in an effective sanctions compliance program. (more…)
May 2, 2019 By: Anna Sayre, Head of Legal Content, ACSS
Regulators at the U.S. Treasury have signalled their top priorities for the year, and it doesn’t look good for sanctions violators. The Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)’s new budget proposal calls for a substantial increase in funds to both fight terror and enhance sanctions policy enforcement.
April 23, 2019 By: Scott Nance*, Principal, LC Consulting
Recent times have seen an uptick in sanctions enforcement actions, placing an onus on many compliance suites and officers to take head and build a robust sanctions compliance program.
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May 30, 2018
FinCEN CDD Rule Comes into Effect; FFIEC Issues Guidance for Compliance Suites, including for OFAC Officers
On May 11, 2018, exactly two years after being issued, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”)’s implemented its new Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule. This CDD rule enhances CDD requirements and also adds a new requirement for financial institutions to identify, and verify the identity of, the beneficial owners of certain legal entity customers.
OFAC Compliance Officers should take notice, as US Treasury expects financial institutions to use beneficial ownership information not only to comply with AML requirements, but also for compliance with the OFAC regulations.
Wolfsberg’s New Correspondent Banking Questionnaire Incorporates Specific Guidance to Aid in Sanctions Compliance
April 11, 2018
By: Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer SanctionsAlert.com
In direct response to increased regulatory expectations for enhanced due diligence in correspondent banking relationships, the Wolfsberg Group (Wolfsberg), published its new Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire (CBDDQ) in February 2018, incorporating a number of important changes. The new Questionnaireis not only four times as long as its 2014 predecessor, containing 110 instead of 28 questions, but has also expanded its scope to specifically address due diligence issues relating to Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Counter terrorism Financing,and Sanctions exposure controls. (more…)