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SEC to Focus on Compliance Issues Related to Suspicious Activity Monitoring and Reporting at Broker-Dealers and Mutual Fund Firms

On March 29, 2021, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Division of Examinations (“EXAMS”) issued a Risk Alert citing frequent shortcomings found in compliance reviews of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) reporting at broker-dealer and mutual fund firms. Find the Risk … Read More

Interactive Brokers, LLC to Pay Penalties for Failure to File Suspicious Activity Reports

On August 10, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Interactive Brokers, LLC (“IB” or the “Firm”) had agreed to pay $11.5 million in fines for failure to file Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) in conjunction with trading micro-cap … Read More

FinCEN Proposed Rule to Prescribe Standards for Anti-Money Laundering Programs

On August 25, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), a bureau of the Department of Treasury (“Treasury”), proposed a rule that would “prescribe minimum standards for anti-money laundering programs (“AML”) to be established by investment advisers.” This rule would … Read More

Anti-Money Laundering Programs: Is Your Broker-Dealer Complying?

Over the past year, there has been an increased focus on Broker-Dealer Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) programs. Last month, Kevin Goodman, National Associate Director of the Broker-Dealer Examination Program in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”), spoke at the … Read More