Category Archives: Financial Institutions

Mitigating the Peril of the Chief Compliance Officer

By: David A. Holley

In December, I wrote here about the New York State Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) proposed regulation, Part 504 of the DFS Superintendent’s Regulations, to bolster regulated financial institutions’ abilities to combat terror financing and money laundering. The proposed rule provides, among other things, minimum guidelines for institutions’ transaction monitoring and sanctions interdiction programs. In addition, the regulation has a Sarbanes-Oxley–like component requiring the chief compliance officer (CCO) or functional equivalent to submit a yearly certification attesting that the firm is compliant with the new regulation.

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New York State’s New Regulation to Stem Terror Financing

By David Holley

In the last few years, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYSDFS”) has fined financial institutions billions of dollars for lapses in their terrorist financing, sanctions, and anti-money laundering compliance programs. In recent enforcement actions, the NYSDFS has not only levied fines, but also sought to hold individuals involved in intentional circumvention of these laws accountable by seeking their termination or banning them from working in New York State–licensed entities.

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