13th February 2019
The European Union needs tougher anti-fraud controls including a central body able to enforce laws against money laundering, European lawmakers said on Friday, describing financial crime as as a security problem for the continent. Curbs should be more uniform across the EU and its framework for swapping financial intelligence is… Read More
12th February 2019
Senior executives could be jailed for several years if they mismanage workers’ pension schemes under new plans announced by the British government. The move follows efforts to toughen the state’s approach against the abuse of pension funds, following high-profile pension scheme failures such as at retailer BHS and construction firm… Read More
7th February 2019
Fraudulent schemes involving cryptocurrency firms are among the three most commonly reported scams, according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which also stated that investments scams resulted in over £197 million of reported losses in 2018. The FCA on Wednesday urged investors to be vigilant to the threat posed by… Read More
6th February 2019
The Cayman Islands has been added onto the Netherlands new low-tax jurisdictions list, dubbed blacklist, of 21 jurisdictions considered to be tax havens, as Amsterdam looks to roll out new measures to combat tax avoidance. Companies registered in the jurisdictions on the list face paying 20.5% tax from 2021 on… Read More
6th February 2019
The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently removed three companies from its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List, where they had been each designated under two Executive Orders as part of OFAC’s Ukraine-/Russia-related program. The delisting process for these firms, which was elongated due to the Congressional oversight… Read More
5th February 2019
A key government-appointed inquiry into misconduct and other issues within the Australian banking sector has highlighted a need to reform culture within the industry, and revealed issues of ‘greed’ within industry, where the drive for profit supersedes customer care. In its final report published on Monday, the Royal Commission said… Read More
5th February 2019
France, Germany and the United Kingdom (E3) have announced the creation of a new platform aimed at facilitating legitimate trade between European firms and Iran, which will operate under the ‘highest standards’ of financial crime compliance, officials said. Called INSTEX SAS (Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges), the special purpose vehicle… Read More
4th February 2019
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has clarified its stance on whether remittance firms can lend out money following a query about their operations. The query, which was published in the Straits Times, said that many maids were being paid through a remittance firm. In its response, the… Read More
4th February 2019
International payments network SWIFT said on Saturday it had signed an agreement with Bangladesh’s central bank to help it rebuild its infrastructure after hackers used it to steal $81 million in 2016 in the world’s biggest cyber heist. Unidentified hackers, suspected to be from North Korea, carried out the heist… Read More
1st February 2019
Danish and Estonian financial regulators are blaming each other for the Danske Bank money laundering scandal, which has highlighted the need for better cross-border surveillance. Denmark’s largest lender is being investigated in Denmark, Estonia, Britain and the United States over 200 billion euros ($229 billion) of suspicious payments through its… Read More