The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network recently issued a guidance, Application of FinCEN’s Regulations to Certain Business Models Involving Convertible Virtual Currencies (CVC), together with an Advisory on Illicit Activity Involving Convertible Currency. The Guidance largely summarizes FinCEN’s existing regulatory framework regarding the application of the Bank Secrecy Act to virtual currency activities. The Advisory warns financial institutions of the use by criminals and other bad actors of CVC schemes involving darknet marketplaces, P2P exchangers, foreign-located MSBs, and CVC kiosks. Our client alert provides an overview of FinCEN’s position on CVC-related AML expectations and its impact on financial institutions and CVC businesses.
Read our client alert.