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Two weeks ago, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced two significant enforcement actions and shut down NetWalker and Emotet, powerful tools that had been used by alleged criminal networks engaging in widespread ransomware extortion schemes.

February 11, 2021
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Update: On January 1, 2021, the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (“NDAA”).

Government Investigations Update

January 4, 2021
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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) recently hit the founder and primary operator of both Helix and Coin Ninja with a $60 million civil monetary penalty.

November 5, 2020
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On October 8, 2020, the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force (“the Task Force”) issued its Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework (the “Report”), which offers background on virtual assets, enforcement milestones, and plans for increasing scrutiny into the use of cryptocurrency, following the Task Force’s inception in 2018.

October 22, 2020
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Recently, BuzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (“ICIJ”) reported on a 16-months’ long investigation into a trove of explosive documents apparently leaked from the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”).

October 6, 2020
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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) is asking for feedback on potential regulatory amendments aimed at ensuring that anti-money laundering (“AML”) programs are “effective and reasonably designed.”

September 23, 2020
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In a significant move toward more transparency, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) released new guidance (the “Guidance”) on August 18, 2020, setting forth its enforcement approach and detailing the factors that FinCEN will consider when evaluating matters involving potential violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”).

V&E Government Investigations Update

August 21, 2020
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Recently, a number of European countries, including the U.K. and Germany, have enacted revised anti-money laundering laws implementing the European Union’s (“EU”) 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive…

January 16, 2020
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On November 7, 2019, a Second Circuit panel 1 heard oral argument on whether the use of United States wire services in effecting a bribery scheme is enough, without more, to pull defendants within…

November 13, 2019
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A few weeks ago we wrote about the skepticism Libra, Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, faced from U.S. regulators. Since then, Libra’s unpopularity has spread across the Atlantic.

September 25, 2019
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The Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) recently announced the launch of a Global Investigations Division (“GID”).

September 4, 2019
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Recent efforts by the Department of Justice to obtain confidential attorney-client communications in connection with a “Panama Papers” indictment present a stark reminder that lawyers and clients…

August 23, 2019