The need for banks and other financial institutions to design their Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance program is paramount to mitigate financing risks and, most importantly, ensure conformity with the heightening BSA/AML regulations. Adopting a risk-based approach that focuses on detection and mitigation measures from potential illicit financial transactions is at the core to avoid hefty fines and legal liabilities. Moreover, banks and financial institutions must keep themselves abreast with emerging regulatory developments to avoid pitfalls.
In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide and present an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in FINRA’s 2022 Priorities: Significant Changes and Emerging Issues Affecting Your Compliance Program. Speakers will also present all important issues surrounding this significant topic. Join us for this Knowledge Group Webinar!
The Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is continuously expanding its efforts to streamline, modernize, and update anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-terrorism financing regulations. Several developments in this area involve the proposed rulemaking for the Corporate Transparency Act’s (CTA) beneficial ownership, sharing of threat patterns and trend information, and proposed amendments to antiquities trade. Moreover, the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA) significantly increases the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requirements, thus posing numerous compliance hurdles for financial institutions.
As threats of financial crimes continue to grow, enforcement actions under the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) remain to have a significant impact and implication on future regulations. Recently, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released its 2020 bank supervision operating plan that sets forth its supervisory strategies and objectives regarding BSA/AML compliance.
Staying compliant with the evolving regulatory landscape of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) has always been challenging. With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2021, increased scrutiny and heightened penalties are expected. Amidst these changes, financial institutions also grapple with imminent credit and liquidity risks which, if not mitigated, could significantly affect operations and revenue.
New regulatory and legislative developments continue to reshape the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration landscape. One of the sweeping changes today is FINRA’s temporary shift to remote operations and virtual arbitrations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Proper planning and assessment of the "new normal" must be carefully considered by practitioners to avoid the pitfalls which virtual hearings may entail. Other significant updates include FINRA’s overhaul of its Membership Application Program (MAP) rules and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) approval of FINRA rule setting a minimum fee for brokers’ expungement request.
Significant advancements continue to reshape anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) efforts in 2020. In January, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released its National Strategy for Combatting Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing which details the key priorities in Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) enforcement. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) also issued an updated BSA/AML Examination Manual, while the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) discussed the Travel Rule for digital assets.
Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations have evidently evolved with the onset of the pandemic. With several authorities reconsidering their existing laws in response to the increasing criminal activities and emerging risks, the AML/KYC regulatory landscape and its already intricate compliance environment have become more active and complex than ever.
The FINRA arbitration and enforcement landscape has been continuously reshaped with rule changes as well as complications due to Covid-19 restrictions and the resulting change to remote work. Thus, all affected professionals must keep themselves abreast of the emerging updates in this space.
Latest Continuing Education (CE) Requirements: A Comprehensive Guide for FINRA-Registered PractitionersTKG2021-08-20T01:57:26-04:00
In December 2020, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors approved filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its proposed changes to the continuing education (CE) program under FINRA Rules 1210 and 1240.
The anti-money laundering (AML) due diligence and compliance landscape continue to heighten with the passing of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA). The AMLA, which is regarded as the most crucial AML legislation to date, was designed to modernize the anti-money laundering policy in the U.S. It also aims to strengthen the current financial system, improve government coordination, and streamline AML compliance obligations.
The damaging effects of money laundering continue to be a global threat today. Not only do they pose risks to economic stability and the overall financial system, but they also constitute significant threats to national security.