NYDFS Issues Enforcement Action Against Deutsche Bank for Anti-Money Laundering Deficiencies Involving Jeffrey Epstein and Eastern European Correspondent Banking Accounts

The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) recently sanctioned Deutsche Bank (“DB”) $150 million for BSA/AML deficiencies.  According to the regulator’s factual findings, the compliance failures arose in connection with the bank’s private wealth relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, and correspondent banking relationships with Danske Bank Estonia (“Danske Estonia”) and FBME Bank (“FBME”), both located in Eastern Europe. This latest enforcement action against DB follows several others issued against the bank by NYDFS since 2015, including for improper conduct arising from LIBOR manipulation, sanctions violations, improper foreign exchange trading practices, and BSA/AML deficiencies in connection with money laundering arising out of equity trades at its London and Moscow branches. More detailed analysis and the Consent Order can be found on my blog post for the NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement Blog here: 

Deutsche Bank Sanctioned in Connection with Jeffrey Epstein Banking Relationship: Financial Institutions Must Be Vigilant in BSA/AML Compliance