Compliance & Ethics

FCA Chair Highlights Global Cooperation in Financial Regulation

In a recent speech, the Chair of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Ashley Alder, emphasized the importance of international cooperation in addressing global financial challenges and opportunities. The speech, delivered at Eurofi, outlined the FCA's commitment to working alongside EU and global partners to promote sustainable economic prosperity while addressing common risks in the financial sector.

Wall Street Expresses Concern Over Soaring SEC Fines

Wall Street is grappling with an unwelcome side effect of inflation, one that doesn't involve rising prices at the pump but rather, heftier checks to be cut for regulatory violations. Recent reports suggest that big banks and brokerage firms are being compelled to pay substantially larger settlements for regulatory investigations, including those that may not have resulted in losses for investors. This surge in regulatory fines, even for what were once considered technical violations, is prompting concern and frustration among financial institutions.

SEC Charges Lyft for Failing to Disclose Board Member’s Financial Interest in Pre-IPO Stock Transaction

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken action against Lyft Inc., accusing the ride-sharing giant of failing to disclose pertinent information related to a significant pre-initial public offering (IPO) stock transaction involving a company board director. This enforcement action sheds light on the importance of transparency in corporate disclosures, especially concerning transactions close to a company's IPO.

FinCEN Imposes $15 Million Penalty on Bancrédito for Bank Secrecy Act Violations

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has taken decisive action by issuing a $15 million civil money penalty against Bancrédito International Bank and Trust Corporation (Bancrédito). This penalty is the outcome of Bancrédito's willful violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and its implementing regulations, marking a significant development in financial regulatory enforcement. Notably, this represents FinCEN's inaugural enforcement action against a Puerto Rican International Banking Entity (IBE) and encompasses the first violation for failing to establish and maintain an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) program under the "Gap Rule."

SEC Charges Connecticut Advisory Firm GlennCap and Owner with Cherry-Picking

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced a significant enforcement action against GlennCap LLC, a Connecticut-based investment advisory firm, and its owner, Jonathan Vincent Glenn. The charges stem from allegations of fraudulent activities, specifically the unfair allocation of securities trades, a practice commonly referred to as "cherry-picking."

SEC Charges YieldStreet for Misleading Investors in Asset-Backed Securities Offering

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced a settlement with YieldStreet Inc. and its registered investment adviser subsidiary, YieldStreet Management LLC, over allegations of failing to provide crucial information to investors in a $14.5 million asset-backed securities offering.

TD Optimistic Amidst Anti-Money Laundering Probe

Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), one of Canada's largest financial institutions, remains optimistic and views the ongoing anti-money laundering probe by U.S. authorities as "manageable." This statement comes from Leo Salom, the CEO of TD Bank's U.S. unit, as he addressed concerns during a recent Barclays conference.