Banks Seek Reputation Repair

Trouble for Lebanese financial institutions.

, The National Law Journal


When Lebanon's bankers turned to DLA Piper and Patton Boggs for help last year, they hoped the lobbying powerhouses could burnish the image of a $127 billion industry tainted by allegations of money laundering for terrorists and drug dealers. Instead, two Lebanese financial ­institutions last week were hit with U.S. Treasury Depart­ment sanctions, each designated as a "primary money laundering concern" for purportedly aiding Hezbollah.

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