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.…

GTO Miami Real Estate

GTO: Regulators’ crackdown on laundered money invested in U.S. real estate

In 2015, The New York Times published a shocking piece naming several wealthy foreigners who had purchased United States real estate for many multiple millions of dollars. Among others, the article named Vitaly Malkin, a former Russian politician and banker involved in a variety of financial scandals—barred from entering Canada because of suspected connections to…

Stricter Anti-Money Laundering Regime for Caribbean Banking Industry

Latin American Advisor, Financial Services asks: Are Stricter Bank Regulations a Major Hinderance in the Caribbean? Q: Royal Bank of Canada in the Caribbean in recent months has closed wealth-management offices across the Caribbean. The closures come amid growing pressure on the Caribbean banking industry by regulators who are fighting money laundering in the region.…