As long as U.S. federal law enforcement priorities remain the same, licensed cannabis operators are unlikely to be prosecuted if they are completely compliant with state laws. However, if the DOJ or state regulators discover that a license was acquired through corrupt means, the license will not provide any protection.… Continue Reading
The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued an order Thursday expanding the requirement for title insurance companies to report the beneficial owners of shell companies buying residential real estate for cash or cryptocurrencies.… Continue Reading
The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network added Honolulu Tuesday to a reporting program for real estate deals involving cash transactions.
FinCEN also extended reporting requirements for six other metropolitan areas under a data collection program that started in March 2016.… Continue Reading
In the prior post, we talked about anti-corruption enforcement actions and investigations involving real estate. Now let’s look at real estate-related compliance.
A strong compliance program can help an investor detect and avoid a high-risk transaction, or at a minimum ensure that the investor avoids liability for conduct of a rogue third party.… Continue Reading
Regulators charged with enforcing anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and economic sanctions laws and regulations have turned new attention to the real estate industry, and investigations and enforcement efforts span the globe.
Over recent years, U.S.… Continue Reading
The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued new rules Wednesday to force U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay all cash for high-end residential real estate in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City and in Miami-Dade County, Florida.… Continue Reading
This summer, the TV documentary From Russia with Cash frayed political nerves, exposing London real estate agents keen to accept cash from “Boris,” an undercover journalist masquerading as a corrupt Russian health minister.… Continue Reading
Transparency International-USA sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday, endorsed by 17 civil society groups, asking for due diligence requirements for professionals in the real estate sector.… Continue Reading