Sustainable development could boost Colombia’s financial system

Though it has navigated the global slump in oil prices better than some of its neighbors, Colombia’s economy has still not been immune, as shown by indicators including slowing business volumes. Latin America Financial Services Adviser asks: Will Colombian Banks Thrive in the Months Ahead? How are Colombia’s current economic conditions affecting the country’s financial services…

Are Caribbean banks ready for new FINCEN customer due diligence requirements for financial institutions?

Caribbean banks address fears of severed ties with U.S. banks due to fines and higher costs in a new set U.S. compliance regulations issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. With the release of the Panama Papers, many investors, banks, financial institutions, and foreign countries are concerned that the traditional shell company may…

Ignorance of US Export Control Laws is Not a Defense

Why do companies—even large multinationals—often overlook compliance with U.S. export control laws despite the serious repercussions for noncompliance, including denial of export privileges? One of the possible reasons could be that in many instances organizations are not completely familiar with the nuances of the U.S. export control regime. Regardless of the underlying reasons for non-compliance, the consequences…

Panamanian Law Firms Have A Requirement to Report

Diaz Reus Global Managing Partner Michael Diaz, Jr. was interviewed by WLRN-Miami Herald News’ Americas correspondent covering Latin America and the Caribbean, Tim Padgett, regarding the implications of the Panama Papers controversy and what it means to Miami and Panama City.  Listen to the broadcast segment here.  Follows is the transcript: Law Firm Leak A Wake-Up Call For Panama Authorities…

Marta Colomar-Garcia

Argentina Debt Deal Blocks Holdout Plaintiffs’ Counsels from Joining Settlement Talks

Diaz Reus Partner Marta Colomar-Garcia, acting as Plaintiffs’ co-lead counsel overseeing eight separate class action lawsuits in Argentina’s 2001 $100 billion default, says that Plaintiffs have not been able to engage in genuine and substantive settlement discussions with Argentina in an attempt to resolve the litigation. Earlier in 2016, Colomar-Garcia said that she found out…

Are Banks Working Together Enough to Prevent Crimes?

LATIN AMERICAN FINANCIAL SERVICES ADVISOR, a publication of  Inter-American Dialogue, asks: Are Banks Working Together Enough to Prevent Crimes? Q: Financial messaging service provider SWIFT said in January that more than 2,000 financial institutions worldwide had signed up for its centralized Know Your Customer (KYC) registry, through which companies can share information required for KYC compliance.…