Robert I. Targ Tapped to Speak at Upcoming Anti-Money Laundering Conferences

Robert I. Targ, Diaz Reus & Targ founding partner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, will be speaking at the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers’ (BACO) annual anti-money laundering conference in Nassau on November 15, 2016.  His topic is “Compelling AML Lessons from Recent Corruption Cases and How to Safely Bank PEP’s.” On December 1, 2016, he will give…

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…

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.…

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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…

Federal Law Enforcement in Miami Showdown With Trade-Based Money Launderers

By Robert Targ The business district that surrounds Miami International Airport (MIA) in Miami, Florida is host to hundreds of legitimate businesses in the electronics and cellular phone export trade. But now, following numerous local investigations, they are also part of some 700 Miami-based businesses involved in a U.S. Department of Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement…

15th FIBA Annual Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Conference in Miami

Diaz Reus Partner, Robert I. Targ, to address latest developments in trade based money laundering at the 15th FIBA Annual Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Conference in Miami, March 4-5, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. In September 2014, when Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced it had uncovered the laundering of massive amounts of narcotics proceeds through…

Money Laundering in Latin America Continues to Grow

Latin America: Money Laundering Grows Growing crime and weak enforcement boost money laundering in Latin America. By Joachim Bamrud First published Latinvex. November 24, 2014 Reprinted with permission. Money laundering is growing in Latin America despite growing enforcement by both US and Latin American authorities, experts say. “Money laundering has grown and will continue to…

Guyana’s inaction on Anti-Money Laundering Bill May Lead to Serious Sanctions

Latin American Dialogue’s, Latin American Advisor asked Diaz Reus: “Why has Guyana failed to pass an anti-money laundering bill?” The Caribbean Community Secretariat in February expressed concern at Guyana’s failure to pass its Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act, a measure that the secretary general of the Organization of American States has also…

14th Annual FIBA Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Conference

The 14th Annual FIBA AML Conference on February 20-21, 2014 at Miami’s Intercontinental Hotel will convene industry leaders from both private and public sectors to debate key insights on regulatory expectations and best practices in order to ensure that transnational banks and financial institutions have at their disposal the information necessary to operate safely in the current BSA/AML/OFAC…

China Strengthens Anti-Money Laundering and CFT Laws

SHANGHAI, CHINA – April 19, 2013 – According to Diaz Reus & Targ attorney Xingjian “Jeff” Zhao, the Chinese government is ramping up its enforcement of the country’s anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) laws, and incidents of non-compliance are being taken ever more seriously. Zhao spoke at the April 19, 2013,…

Money Laundering in Spain

Spain is now one of the top European nations impacted by money laundering. The depth and extent of the illegal activities that encompass “money laundering” have perplexed Spanish authorities. Although the Spanish government has adopted a number of measures to control money laundering, the failure of such efforts is evident. Recent statistics show that money…