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.…

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…

Cybersecurity in Latin America

How well are Latin American banks protected against cyber attacks? Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor asked Marcela Cristina Blanco, associate attorney in Diaz Reus’ Bogota, Colombia office, “How Well Do Latin American Banks Protect Against Cyber Attacks?” Latin America Advisor: More than half of Latin American financial institutions have experienced some type of electronic breach…

Stunning Victory Scored in Venezuelan Lawsuit

Stunning Victory for Diaz Reus Attorneys: New York District Court Dismisses $400 Million Expropriation Claim Against Venezuelan Government NEW YORK, Jan 30, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Diaz Reus & Targ LLP scored a stunning victory in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this week on behalf of the government of…

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…

Marta Colomar-Garcia

How Healthy Is the Banking Sector in Mexico?

Inter-American Dialogue’s – Latin America Advisor – Financial Services October 30, 2012 feature Q&A – Guest Comments from Marta Colomar Garcia, head of Diaz Reus, Mexico. Q: The offering of about 25 percent of the Mexican unit of Banco Santander raised $4 billion last month for the bank in Mexico’s largest-ever IPO. Amid heavy demand,…

Sanctions in Iran: How Effective Are they?

Sanctions are increasingly used to combat terrorism and to discourage regimes or individuals from acting in ways condemned by the international community or individual nations. However, the burning question is—How effective are these sanctions? In Iran’s case, economic sanctions have not stopped Iran’s leaders from moving forward with a nuclear program. They have instead prompted…

Foreign Direct Investment in Venezuela

Economic and political instability, nationalization, increasing government intervention, and restrictive legal framework has made Venezuela’s investment climate considerably less welcoming as compared to the past. This article examines the current challenges for foreign investment in Venezuela. It also provides an update on Mobil Corporation and others v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in which an International…

Bloodshed in Libya Prompts New Sanctions

In the wake of civil unrest in Libya, the U.S. President has frozen $30 billion worth of Libyan assets – the largest asset freeze under any U.S.-based sanctions regime. The United Nations has also restricted financial transactions with Libyan government entities and personnel. Given the breadth of these new restrictions on Libya, businesses and entrepreneurs…

Risk-Based Compensation Practices in the U.S.

Risk-based compensation is a practice whereby banks and financial institutions create attractive compensation packages as an incentive for executive employees willing to make risky—inherently unsafe—business and financial decisions. The recent history of the financial markets strongly suggests that the practice of incentive-based compensation compel bank executives to turn a blind eye to the true dangers…