Christy Goldsmith Romero, a commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is lobbying the regulator to use its existing authority to conduct “heightened supervision” over derivative exchanges to create more oversight in crypto markets.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s new procedures for assessing civil penalties establishes fines as high as $400 million for misconduct—more than double the highest total in previous guidance—based on the size of the institution and severity of the violations.
Julius Baer International will pay more than £18 million (U.S. $21.5 million) to settle charges laid by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority for paying bribes to generate business with a Russian oil company.
The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority reported Jyske Bank to Danish police for allegedly violating the country’s anti-money laundering law regarding its customer due diligence measures.
Citigroup has successfully resolved key compliance shortcomings identified as part of a 2020 enforcement action but still has work to do to address data management weaknesses, according to federal banking regulators.
Goldman Sachs Asset Management agreed to pay $4 million to settle SEC charges it failed to follow its own policies and procedures regarding a trio of investment products marketed for their environmental, social, and governance considerations.
To do their jobs properly, regulators must be able to act independently and without government intervention. Rather than seeking to tighten its grip on regulators, the U.K. government should be safeguarding their independence as a matter of urgent priority.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced an examination sweep of retail communications by broker-dealers and their affiliates related to cryptocurrency asset products and services.
The Federal Trade Commission extended the deadline for compliance with certain changes to its Safeguards Rule announced last year, in part because of labor shortages in the cybersecurity market.
A new Treasury report found as the trend of nonbank fintech companies providing financial services in partnership with regulated entities continues to grow, regulators need to increase oversight of these relationships to curb the risks they pose.
The collapse and bankruptcy of digital asset exchange FTX offers stark lessons into why rules that apply to traditional investments—overseen by government regulation—ought to apply to digital investments as well.
Credit rating agency S&P Global Ratings agreed to pay $2.5 million and improve its compliance practices to settle allegations by the SEC that its marketing team pressured the ratings team concerning the rating of a particular mortgage-backed security transaction.
Jennifer Campbell, the former chief compliance officer of a New York-based investment adviser, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to wire fraud in federal court.
A general partner in a real estate investment fund agreed to pay $400,000 to settle allegations it failed to register the fund and take reasonable steps to verify investors were accredited, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced.
Three private equity firms have disclosed they are under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for having allowed employees to use unauthorized communication channels like WhatsApp and WeChat to conduct company business.
The 18-month probationary period for the new Securities and Exchange Commission marketing rule for investment advisers has expired and compliance with the rule is now mandatory.
Wells Fargo announced the appointment of Kristy Fercho as head of diverse segments, representation, and inclusion. She takes up the role as the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigate the bank’s diversity hiring practices.
U.S. Bank disclosed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched an investigation into the bank’s administration of unemployment benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Banks reported paying a record $1.2 billion to ransomware criminals in 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network announced.
The news for Wells Fargo related to alleged sham interviews of minority job candidates continues to worsen, with the bank disclosing the Securities and Exchange Commission has joined federal prosecutors in examining the issue.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau initiated rulemaking that would require banks and other financial institutions to make a consumer’s personal financial data available to them upon request.
Danske Bank expects to pay a total of 15.5 billion Danish kroner (U.S. $2.1 billion) to U.S. and Danish authorities to settle allegations it overlooked more than $200 billion in dirty money laundered through its former Estonia branch.
While automation has the potential to transform anti-money laundering compliance, it will not replace the human practitioners relied upon to get investigations to the finish line, experts discussed at the ACAMS annual conference in Las Vegas.
Credit Suisse announced sweeping changes to its strategy that includes selling off parts of its investment banking portfolio and shrinking its global headcount—an attempt to pivot from risky investment ventures and back toward its historic specialty of wealth management.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will heighten its focus on the financial technology space with the creation of a new department in early 2023.
Shaquala Williams, a compliance executive who sued JPMorgan Chase after she said she was fired for blowing the whistle on deficiencies in the bank’s anti-money laundering compliance program, agreed to settle her case.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ordered the New York branch of ICICI Bank to implement sweeping changes to its anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act compliance programs but will not fine the bank if the improvements are completed.
A pair of investment advisers owned by Cetera Financial Group must pay a total of more than $8.6 million as part of a final judgment obtained by the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the defrauding of Cetera advisory clients.
An appeals court’s finding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s funding mechanism to be unconstitutional could affect a multitude of lawsuits filed against the agency, according to legal experts.
The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority provisionally notified Barclays it intends to fine the bank £50 million (U.S. $56 million) for failing to properly disclose financial arrangements made with Qatari investors in 2008.
The U.K.’s Prudential Regulation Authority fined specialty insurer MS Amlin Underwriting nearly £9.7 million (U.S. $10.9 million) for risk management and governance failings over a five-year period.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States issued its first-ever enforcement and penalty guidelines for entities that violate mitigation agreements with CFIUS or otherwise run afoul of the Defense Production Act of 1950.
Gatehouse Bank was fined £1.58 million (U.S. $1.77 million) by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority for failing to address “significant weakness” in AML checks the bank conducted on customers who posed a higher risk of committing financial crime.
Vania May Bell, the former chief compliance officer and comptroller at Executive Compensation Planners, was sentenced to more than six years in prison for her role in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded clients of more than $11 million.
Virtual currency trading platform Bittrex agreed to pay more than $29 million for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and other foreign asset restrictions by regularly allowing transactions with customers in Iran, Syria, and other U.S.-sanctioned nations.
State Street Corp. hired Yvette Hollingsworth Clark to be its global chief compliance officer and executive vice president. Hollingsworth Clark joins from Google, where she served as head of compliance for the consumer trust business.
The Fintel Alliance—a partnership involving AML regulator AUSTRAC, Western Australia Police, and analysts from a handful of large banks—provides an example of the positive outcomes of collaboration in fighting financial crime.
London-based brokerage firm Sigma Broking was fined £531,000 (U.S. $589,000) for failing to report certain transactions to the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority.
Christy Goldsmith Romero believes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission let a swap execution facility affiliate of financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald off easy when it was fined $1.9 million.
Scott Lindell, the former chief risk officer and chief compliance officer of Infinity Q Capital Management, settled SEC charges he helped the founder of the investment adviser carry out a $1 billion overvaluation fraud scheme.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority increased penalties for member violations of securities rules, including removing upper limits on fines for certain instances of misconduct.
A recent ruling against Commerzbank in a case brought by a compliance officer serves as reminder employers should not make “stereotypical” assumptions about what tasks pregnant female staff or those returning from maternity leave can perform, legal experts said.
ADM Investor Services, a futures broker affiliate of food processing giant ADM, agreed to pay $500,000 to settle CFTC charges it failed to properly supervise its employees and agents in their handling of commodity interest accounts.
Barclays PLC and Barclays Bank agreed to pay $361 million to resolve allegations from the SEC the bank failed to implement internal controls to track the sale of $17.7 billion worth of unregistered securities transactions.
Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo will participate in a pilot climate scenario analysis exercise organized by the Federal Reserve that seeks to enhance climate-related financial risk management efforts in the industry.
A group of banking and business associations sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Director Rohit Chopra for overstepping their authority when the agency indicated it would begin actively searching for discrimination and disparate impacts during supervisory exams.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered Regions Bank to pay $191 million for allegedly charging Illegal, surprise overdraft fees to customers that the bank’s compliance staff warned against.
Eleven banks, investment firms, and their affiliates will pay a total of more than $1.8 billion in fines for “widespread and longstanding failures” in monitoring, maintaining, and preserving electronic communications by employees.
Sterling Bank and Trust agreed to pay a fine of $6 million assessed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for deficiencies in its former residential loan product.
The Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority ending their six-year investigations into former senior managers at HBOS without enforcement serves as reminder of the United Kingdom’s checkered history of bringing executives to book.