Mr. Stipano is a partner in Davis Polk's Financial Institutions & Regulation Group, based in the Washington DC office. [Full Bio]

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Examinations (the Staff) recently issued a risk alert reminding broker-dealers (firms) of their obligations under anti-money laundering (AML) rules and regulations, in particular requirements related to monitoring for and reporting of suspicious activity (AML
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A recent guilty conviction, after a jury trial, shows how complex and fraught the zigzag path to marijuana legalization is in the payments space. At a time when the federal government has signaled that criminal prosecutions in states that have legalized marijuana are a low to non-existent priority, this prosecution
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Today, we released our deck “The Road Ahead for Financial Regulatory Reform in a Time of Democrats in Control.” This deck describes our view of the road ahead for financial regulatory reform under a Biden Presidency, and updates the deck we published shortly after the 2020 election to reflect the
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The Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 implements the most extensive revisions to anti-money laundering law since the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001. The changes will affect both traditional financial institutions and FinTechs, including a new beneficial ownership provision that requires shell companies to submit ownership information to a non-public FinCEN
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