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NEWS: Concern over Toronto Dominion Bank’s AML practices scuttled $13.4BN deal to buy First Horizon – reports

CHARGES: “In respect of the recent charges of a TD branch employee in New Jersey, TD is cooperating fully with the law enforcement and this employee has been terminated,” a spokesperson said. Photo shows a Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) sign outside of a branch office.

By AML Intelligence Correspondent

Toronto-Dominion Bank’s handling of “suspicious” customer transactions was behind regulators’ refusal to approve the lender’s $13.4 billion deal to buy First Horizon, it’s been reported.

The reluctance by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve to give TD a clean bill of health on its AML practices proved to be the biggest obstacle, according to the report.

The revelations were first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

TD had pledged to regulators that it would make its anti-money-laundering policies more comprehensive and timely, but the assurances were not enough to sway regulators, the WSJ reported.

TD works to prevent criminals from using the bank for illegal activity and to strengthen its risk management programs on an ongoing basis, a spokesperson for the lender said.

First Horizon declined to comment.

The banks ended their proposed merger last week, citing a lack of clarity on when they would get regulatory approvals. At the time, a spokesperson for First Horizon said the termination was solely related to TD and had nothing to do with ongoing banking turmoil.

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