On August 30, 2016, the US Department of Treasury, the US Federal Reserve Board, the US FDIC, the US OCC and the National Credit Union Administration released a joint fact sheet on foreign correspondent banking that sets forth supervisory and enforcement processes with respect to anti-money laundering and sanctions in the area of correspondent banking. Among other things, the fact sheet notes that while US depository institutions that maintain correspondent accounts for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) are not required to conduct due diligence on an FFI’s customers, US depository institutions must establish appropriate, specific and risk-based due diligence policies, procedures and processes that are reasonably designed to assess and manage the risks inherent with these relationships. The release further provides that while the regulators are not adopting a zero tolerance philosophy that mandates the strict imposition of formal enforcement action regardless of the facts and circumstances of the situation, the regulators are taking the threats posed by criminals, money-launderers and terrorist financers very seriously and continue to use their authorities to safeguard the US financial system against abuse.

The fact sheet is available at: http://www.ots.treas.gov/topics/compliance-bsa/foreign-correspondent-banking-fact-sheet.pdf