Wednesday, December 23, 2015
On July 29, 2015, FinCEN issued a Final Rule imposing the fifth special measure against FBME Bank Ltd. (FBME) with an effective date of August 28, 2015. On August 27, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted FBME’s motion for a preliminary injunction and enjoined the Final Rule from taking effect. On November 6, 2015, the Court granted the Government’s motion for voluntary remand to allow for further rulemaking proceedings.
On November 27, 2015, FinCEN published in the Federal Register a Notice to re-open the Final Rule for 60 days to solicit additional comment in connection with the rulemaking, particularly with respect to the unclassified, non-protected documents that support the rulemaking and whether any alternatives to the prohibition of the opening or maintaining of correspondent accounts with FBME would effectively mitigate the risk to domestic financial institutions. The Notice can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-27/pdf/2015-30119.pdf. The unclassified, non-protected documents that support the rulemaking are available at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FINCEN_FRDOC_0001-0038 [Docket ID: FINCEN_FRDOC_0001].
III. Request for Comments
FinCEN invites comments on all aspects of this rulemaking, including, but not limited to, the following:
2. Whether any of special measures one through four under Section 311 with respect to covered U.S. financial institutions' activities involving FBME would be an effective alternative to mitigate the risk posed by FBME as explained in the Notice of Finding;
3. Whether, pursuant to special measure five of Section 311, FinCEN should impose conditions, rather than a prohibition, on the opening or maintaining of correspondent accounts with FBME as an effective alternative to mitigate the risk posed by FBME as explained in the Notice of Finding; and
4. Any material developments that have occurred with respect to FBME since the issuance of the NOF and NPRM on July 22, 2014, including whether reasonable grounds continue to exist for concluding that FBME is a primary money laundering concern.