14th March 2019
The European Union has published its updated list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, dubbed the tax haven blacklist, adding ten jurisdictions to the existing five states. The new additions include Bermuda and the UAE. “Those jurisdictions did not implement the commitments they had made to the EU by… Read More
14th March 2019
After suddenly withdrawing an announcement in December that it would suspend ‘golden’ visas, the United Kingdom has now announced a change to the application process for the immigration rules which have been strongly criticised for being a gateway for money launderers to settle in the country. Under the changes announced… Read More
13th March 2019
European lawmakers and member states have agreed on a new set of rules which will guarantee whistleblowers protection against demotion and dismissal when they report money laundering, tax fraud and other financial crimes. Under the provisional regulations setting EU-wide standards of protection, whistleblowers will be protected in judicial proceedings. Read More
13th March 2019
The European Central Bank will take over the supervision of Latvia’s PNB Banka, a small lender that has accused the country’s central bank governor and financial regulator of running a racket after being itself fined over money laundering. The decision followed a request by the Latvian financial watchdog, which said… Read More
12th March 2019
Britain will create a new regulator to police accountants who check the books of companies in response to collapses at construction firm Carillion and retailer BHS that triggered calls for root-and-branch reform of the audit sector its supervision. Business minister Greg Clark said on Monday a new, more powerful regulator… Read More
12th March 2019
A leading Putin critic has reportedly hit out at the United Kingdom’s attempts to address financial crime and sanctions against the Russian government and oligarchs, saying ‘nothing is happening’ to tackle money laundering. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny slammed existing Western sanctions as “chaotic” and urged authorities to refocus to… Read More
12th March 2019
Australia’s anti-money laundering watchdog said on Friday it had suspended license of two cryptocurrency exchanges after a police investigation found the businesses were being exploited for drug trafficking. It was the first such suspension by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, or AUSTRAC, since new legislation in April 2018… Read More
11th March 2019
Sweden’s financial watchdog said on Thursday that it had not been too lenient in dealing with Swedish banks over money laundering though the system to deal with the issue needed to be strengthened in the Nordic country. “We have not been too kind,” Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority Director General Erik… Read More
22nd February 2019
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched an investigation into Danske Bank over possible money laundering, following the publication of details of the €200 billion scandal last year, the lender said. The SEC probe comes after the US Department of Justice also launched a criminal investigation regarding the… Read More
22nd February 2019
Swedish and Estonian finance watchdogs have opened a joint investigation into allegations that Swedbank played a role in the Baltic money laundering involving Danske Bank, the two supervisory bodies said on Thursday. A Wednesday Swedish TV report alleged that money laundering could have occurred in relation to at least 40… Read More