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Estonia orders Danske Bank to shut down following money laundering scandal

The Financial Supervision Authority of Estonia (FSA) has ordered Danske Bank’s local unit to cease operating and finalise its affairs within eight months, citing its financial crime scandal which revealed that €200 billion was allegedly laundered through its system. In a statement, the Estonian regulator said the bank would… Read More

Commerzbank spends 600 million euros on compliance, driven by U.S. monitor – Q4 results

Commerzbank’s compliance function, helped by the demands of a U.S. monitor, has come at a cost of 600 million euros since 2015 and reduction in both products and customer reach, the bank said. This includes an international anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance programme, it said in its Q4 results… Read More

Germany warns it will stop extradition of its citizens to UK after Brexit – FT

Berlin will stop extraditing Germans to Britain immediately after Brexit even if it leaves the European Union with a deal, the Financial Times reported on.ft.com/2DPMBED on Sunday, citing a formal notification submitted by Germany to the European Commission last week. By Kanishka Singhm, Reuters, 17 February 2019. Link to… Read More
20th February 2019
AP — Chinese police have investigated 380 online lenders and frozen $1.5 billion in assets following an avalanche of scandals in the huge but lightly regulated industry, the government announced Monday. Beijing allowed a private finance industry to flourish in order to supply credit to entrepreneurs… Read More
19th February 2019
Serial production of Russia’s first post-Soviet mainline commercial aircraft will be delayed by a year due to U.S. sanctions, the head of state-owned industrial conglomerate Rostec said on Monday, Russian news agencies reported. Russia hopes the MS-21, a twin-engine, medium-range passenger plane, will give Boeing and Airbus a run for… Read More
19th February 2019
German financial watchdog Bafin has extended the mandate of its monitor at Deutsche Bank over the bank’s role in a money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank. Deutsche Bank acted as a correspondent bank for Danske Bank in Estonia, meaning it helped transfer funds on behalf of the Danish lender from… Read More
18th February 2019
Russian lender Gazprombank has decided to freeze the accounts of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and halted transactions with the firm to reduce the risk of the bank falling under U.S. sanctions, a Gazprombank source told Reuters on Sunday. While many foreign firms have been cutting their exposure to PDVSA… Read More
18th February 2019
Roger Ng, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker caught up in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fraud scandal, will be allowed to return to the United States to face criminal charges against him there, a Malaysian court ruled on Friday. Ng has been detained in Kuala Lumpur since Nov. Read More
18th February 2019
JPMorgan has announced the launch its digital coin representing a fiat currency. Called JMP Coin, the unit is based on blockchain-based technology and will enable the instant transfer of payments between institutional accounts. Exchanging value, such as money, between different parties over a blockchain requires a digital currency. “The JPM… Read More
15th February 2019
(Convicted launderer: Avinash Kakumanu) Two men have been jailed and another given a suspended sentence for their part in a fraud which saw a London-based 84 year-old man lose over £70,000. Avinash Kakumanu, Dinesh Alavala and Ranjit Nellikondi tricked the victim into believing he was helping the authorities. According to… Read More
15th February 2019
The European Commission on Tuesday adopted a list of countries it says has weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes, and urged banks to increase customer due diligence (CDD) checks on customers and firms from the blacklisted states. The list was established after an ‘in-depth’ analysis, the Commission explained, and… Read More
15th February 2019
Dutch lender Rabobank has been fined just over €1 million over its anti-money laundering controls, including know your customer (KYC), customer due diligence (CDD) and beneficial ownership issues. The penalty was issued by the Dutch regulator, the Dutch National Bank (DNB), which reviewed the bank’s files for some years up… Read More
14th February 2019
A British banking industry body has urged customers to be wary of romance scams in response to a rise in the number victims. The UK Finance warning comes as new figures show that 4,555 reports of romance fraud were made to UK-based Action Fraud, with victims reporting to have lost… Read More