Fried Frank provides counseling, compliance and enforcement advice on all aspects of anti-money laundering (AML) rules and regulations. The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), amended by the USA Patriot Act, requires financial institutions to maintain AML compliance programs to ensure that they are not being used to hide or disguise money derived from criminal or terrorist activity. Financial institutions must implement know your customer (KYC) rules to determine the identity of customers and source of their funds. Even investment funds that are not strictly subject to the BSA are best served by employing compliance procedures to ensure that they are not involved in money laundering activities as well as to respond to the needs of their financial institution counterparties.
We assist clients in the financial services and investment industry to craft and implement AML compliance policies and procedures. We also provide ongoing counseling and training on reporting, blocking, and other AML requirements.
The International Trade and Investment Practice works closely with our asset management, securities enforcement and regulation, and white-collar criminal defense practices to provide effective counsel to a diverse group of clients.