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
15th January 2019
The U.S. Federal Reserve is wary of giving “fintech” firms such as OnDeck Capital Inc (ONDK.N) or Kabbage Inc. access to the country’s financial infrastructure, putting the central bank at odds with other regulators looking to bring them into the fold. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)… Read More
14th January 2019
Standard Chartered’s deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) with the US Department of Justice and the New York County District Attorney’s Office will be further extended until March 2019. Both deals were reached in 2012, and subsequently extended until 31 December 2018. The bank entered the agreements after it landed in trouble… Read More
14th January 2019
The United Kingdom has announced the new appointment of Bill Dodwell as Tax Director of the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). As part of his portfolio, Dodwell will provide’ expert advice, guidance and direction’ to the OTS and its Board as a Non-Executive Member, the Treasury department said. OTS… Read More
11th January 2019
Germany’s financial markets watchdog is requiring Deutsche Bank to re-examine the files of about 20,000 risky clients by the end of June as part of its “know your customer” process, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Deutsche Bank has come under fire for weaknesses in its procedures… Read More
10th January 2019
The US has imposed sanctions on the owner of a TV station, former Venezuelan government officials and other companies it says were part of a bribery and currency exchange scheme that generated over $2.4 billion in corrupt proceeds. Venezuelan officials plundered funds from the government through conducting illegal foreign… Read More
10th January 2019
A key element in the application of the risk-based approach (RBA) to financial crime is the identification by a firm of those countries with which its customers are closely linked and which are also adjudged to be high risk in financial crime terms. There are many lists of such high-risk… Read More
7th January 2019
A powerful Iranian council approved an anti-money laundering bill on Saturday, state media reported, a major step towards reforms that would bring Iran into line with global norms and could facilitate foreign trade in the face of U.S sanctions. Iran has been trying to implement standards set by the Financial… Read More
7th January 2019
The European Union has extended its economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2019, citing a lack of progress in implementing an agreement over Moscow’s conflict with Ukraine. The measures, which target the financial, energy and defence sectors, and the area of dual-use goods, were… Read More
4th January 2019
Swiss financial regulator FINMA has introduced a relaxed anti-money laundering regime for smaller financial technology firms as it looks to promote innovation. The companies will still be subject to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, under the new licensing category – known as the FinTech licence – in Article 1b of the… Read More