On November 4, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) and the Agricultural Bank of China agreed to a Consent Order requiring the bank to pay a $215 million penalty and to install an independent monitor to review the bank’s program for compliance with anti-money laundering laws (“AML”), including the Bank Secrecy Act

Earlier this month, Chinese law enforcement officials arrested the manager of prominent hedge fund Zexi Investment, as well as executives of trading company Yishidun, for alleged futures trading schemes. First reported by state news service Xinhua, these arrests are part of the Chinese government’s escalating efforts to rein in abuses in the nation’s securities industry