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ANALYSIS: AML Groundhog Day AgainDeutsche Bank’s Other Lesson

Aug. 4, 2020, 10:26 AM

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) enforcement action against Deutsche Bank announced on July 7, known mainly for punishing the bank for serving Jeffrey Epstein, has a second dimension: correspondent banking for high-risk foreign banks, including Danske Bank. This action is the latest in a 15-year-long history of finding this problem in Deutsche Bank’s anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance.

The lesson—that money-laundering risks of foreign correspondent banks must be adequately addressed—should already have been apparent. And if it wasn’t, then it is now.

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