29th November 2019
HSBC Holdings Plc’s head of operational risk, who has been in the role for almost six years, has asked to take a sabbatical. Mark Cooke, whose role involves overseeing non-financial risks such as financial crime, staff misconduct and compliance breaches, has requested a sabbatical, the bank said in an email. Read More
29th November 2019
Australia’s Westpac Banking Corp offered to refund people who bought new shares weeks before a lawsuit accusing it of millions of breaches of money laundering laws, a move some investors said was to fend off criticism about its transparency. The country’s oldest and second-largest bank has… Read More
29th November 2019
The Trump administration assured U.S. banks on Wednesday that they can temporarily process U.S. dollar transactions on a Dalian unit of China’s biggest shipping company COSCO that Washington had imposed sanctions on over suspicions it transported oil from Iran. The United States’ sanctions on Sept. 25 pushed global freight costs… Read More
28th November 2019
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Wednesday raised the possibility of triggering a mechanism in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that could lead to the reimposition of UN sanctions. Le Drian’s comments, to the National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee, came against a background of Iranian moves to disregard elements… Read More
28th November 2019
More directors may depart Westpac’s board following an investigation of the bank’s money laundering and child exploitation scandal by consulting firm Promontory. Westpac’s board will also set up a new financial crime committee, chairman Lindsay Maxsted said. Investor pressure following bombshell legal action launched by… Read More
28th November 2019
Westpac Banking Corp’s experienced anti-money laundering chief was told she didn’t have the skills for the job and would have to take a more junior role after informing the bank that it faced the largest fine in corporate history, industry sources said. Amanda Wood, Westpac’s money-laundering reporting officer, led the… Read More
27th November 2019
At times, we AML professionals in the private and public sectors that play by the rules have difficulty realizing that the “bad guys” at the highest levels of the criminal world have no rules. They have more resources and capabilities than we can conceptualize. Unless you’ve lived in that world,… Read More
26th November 2019
The Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer has resigned and chairman Lindsay Maxsted will step down early following the money-laundering scandal involving allegations the bank failed to stop transactions with the Philippines involving child exploitation. Hartzer will be paid $2.69m for doing nothing for the next 12 months while serving… Read More
26th November 2019
Two bankers who worked at Coutts private bank in Zurich were fined by the Swiss authorities for failing to report suspicious transactions linked to the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB scandal, it was reported on Sunday. The Sonntag Zeitung and Le Matin Dimanche newspapers reported on Sunday that two Coutts bankers who… Read More
26th November 2019
Westpac has released its response plan to the AML/CTF issues raised by AUSTRAC last week as it launched civil penalty proceedings against the bank. According to AUSTRAC’s statement of claim, Westpac contravened the AML/CTF laws on 23 million instances between 2013 to and 2019. Among the bank’s failures, AUSTRAC… Read More