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German banking regulator calls for better coordination, ‘urgent’ action in anti-money laundering

The president of German financial watchdog BaFin has urged firms to treat the fight against money laundering as a ‘very high priority,’ and called for better coordination in Europe to tackle the crime. In a recent speech, BaFin chief Felix Hufeld referred to reports of suspected cases of money laundering… Read More

Seriously attacking real money laundering; A simple solution to a complicated problem

By Robert Mazur Testimony in the ongoing New York federal trial of “El Chapo” Guzman offered a repeat of facts heard in hundreds of similar trials since the prosecution of Al Capone. Despite that blaring reminder, governments, including the one now prosecuting El Chapo, appear to turn a deaf… Read More

UK: Firm laundered cocaine dealers’ cash through buying property; assets seized

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has seized a property worth £1.7 million from a Staffordshire-based woman who, with her firm, used money from drug dealers to purchase a number of properties. A Civil Recovery Order by Consent was made at the High Court in London on 14 January, leading to… Read More
21st January 2019
French authorities are considering launching an investigation into scandal-hit Danske Bank over violating anti-money laundering rules involving transactions worth millions of euros. In recent days, the French Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris Court issued Danske with a letter summoning it to an interview to discuss matters relating to an… Read More
20th January 2019
Malaysia’s finance minister said on Friday the government would be ready to discuss dropping criminal charges against Goldman Sachs (GS.N) linked to the 1MDB scandal if the bank pays $7.5 billion in reparations. Goldman Sachs is being investigated by Malaysian authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice for its role… Read More
18th January 2019
Estonia has dropped plans for a rule that would demand people suspected of benefiting from suspected criminal cash prove the source of their wealth is legitimate. Estonia has been thrust into the limelight in recent months following a €200 billion money laundering scandal stemming from the Estonian branch… Read More
17th January 2019
European Union finance ministers are set to put on hold a plan to strengthen the bloc’s financial watchdogs, as some states led by Luxembourg oppose ceding their national powers to supervise money managers, according to EU officials and documents. The reform, proposed by the EU executive commission in 2017, was… Read More
17th January 2019
Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) Chief Executive Officer David Solomon (pictured) on Wednesday apologised to the Malaysian people for former banker Tim Leissner’s role in the sovereign wealth fund 1MDB scandal, but said the bank had conducted due diligence before every transaction. Goldman is being investigated by Malaysian authorities and… Read More
17th January 2019
The European Commission (EC) has handled money laundering issues regarding Malta disproportionally compared to Latvia, which had a ‘much more serious case,’ according to EU lawmaker and former Maltese prime minister Alfred Sant. Malta has been in the spotlight over a number of money laundering and corruption issues in recent… Read More
16th January 2019
Britain’s existing financial crime taskforce initiatives, formed with the banking sector, will not be replaced by the creation of a new economic crime taskforce announced on Monday. Rather, they will have different roles and feed into the new project as part of joint efforts to combat economic crime. Read More
15th January 2019
After a tumultuous 2018, which saw some eye-watering penalties, the rollout of new privacy laws and Europe’s ‘biggest banking scandal,’ anti-money laundering compliance officers may be ready for a fresh start. But regulatory expectations, the promise of fintech solutions and money laundering issues linked to ongoing political corruption scandals, are set to loom large for… Read More
15th January 2019
The United Kingdom is set to launch a new initiative aimed at tackling financial crime such as money laundering, fraud and bribery. The new taskforce, to be known as the Economic Crime Strategic Board, will comprise government ministers, law enforcement figures and the bosses of Barclays, Santander and Lloyds… Read More
11th January 2019
Danske Bank A/S and four former top executives were sued on Wednesday by a U.S. shareholder that accused Denmark’s largest bank of defrauding investors and inflating its share price by hiding and failing to stop widespread money laundering at its Estonian branch. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District… Read More