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FinCEN Grants Permanent Relief for Autorenewals

September 13, 2018

Authors

Barry Hester

FinCEN Grants Permanent Relief for Autorenewals

September 13, 2018

by: Barry Hester

Exercising “exceptive” relief authority, FinCEN has extended permanent relief from the beneficial ownership requirements of its new Customer Due Diligence (CDD) rule to existing autorenewing CDs and safe deposit boxes, as well as existing autorenewing commercial lines of credit and credit cards that do not require underwriting review and approval.  FinCEN reasoned that these products pose such a low risk for money laundering and terrorist financing activity that the benefits of requiring the collection of this information does not outweigh the impacts of compliance on financial institutions and their customers.  Specifically, institutions need not treat rollovers or renewals of such products as “new accounts” requiring the

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FinCEN Extends Temporary Beneficial Ownership Rule Relief for Older Autorenewing Products

August 9, 2018

Authors

Barry Hester

FinCEN Extends Temporary Beneficial Ownership Rule Relief for Older Autorenewing Products

August 9, 2018

by: Barry Hester

The temporary exception that FinCEN extended to autorenewing CDs and loans established prior to the May 11, 2018 compliance effective date of its beneficial ownership requirements was scheduled to expire on August 9, 2018.  On August 8, FinCEN published a short release in which it announced the extension of this relief through September 8, 2018.  FinCEN noted that it was providing this extension

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FinCEN’s Temporary Relief for Autorenewable CDs and Loans

May 30, 2018

Authors

Barry Hester

FinCEN’s Temporary Relief for Autorenewable CDs and Loans

May 30, 2018

by: Barry Hester

In a unique administrative ruling under delegated “exceptive” authority, on May 16, 2018 FinCEN issued relief from its new beneficial ownership requirements through at least August 9, 2018, for “certain financial products and services that automatically rollover or renew (i.e., certificate of deposit (CD) or loan accounts) and were established before the Beneficial Ownership Rule’s Applicability Date, May 11, 2018.”

FinCEN acknowledged

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Regulators Update BSA/AML Exam Manual Sections

May 15, 2018

Authors

Barry Hester

Regulators Update BSA/AML Exam Manual Sections

May 15, 2018

by: Barry Hester

Just in time for the effective date of FinCEN’s Customer Due Diligence (CDD) and Beneficial Ownership Rules, on May 11, 2018 the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) published updates to its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual.  The FFIEC is an interagency body comprised of representatives of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, OCC, CFPB, NCUA, and state banking regulators.  The agencies’ changes (1) replace existing CDD sections of the manual and (2) add new Beneficial Ownership overview and exam procedures sections, in each case corresponding to the new CDD and Beneficial Ownership requirements.

The publication of this new content was announced through separate press releases by

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FinCEN Provides Relief to CDD Obligations for Existing Customers

April 5, 2018

Authors

Barry Hester

FinCEN Provides Relief to CDD Obligations for Existing Customers

April 5, 2018

by: Barry Hester

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published long-awaited additional Frequently Asked Questions on April 3, 2018 (the “Guidance”) relating to its Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule, which FinCEN promulgated pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (the “CDD Rule”).  This comes at a time when most covered institutions are in the final stages of implementing plans to comply with the CDD Rule by

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Don’t Forget to Consider Deposits in an Acquisition

February 17, 2015

Authors

Michael Shumaker

Don’t Forget to Consider Deposits in an Acquisition

February 17, 2015

by: Michael Shumaker

With many U.S. markets experiencing slow loan growth, some boards of directors looking to increase the size of their institutions have turned to acquisitions to capture greater scale and efficiencies. While asset growth is important, directors should also consider the deposits acquired as part of a merger. Many banks have found that a careful evaluation of the deposits of the selling bank can spot unexpected issues and also drive earnings for the combined institution. The issues and opportunities raised by the liability side of the balance sheet have implications for both buyers and sellers going forward, particularly as

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