30th November 2020
The UK’s NCA (National Crime Agency) has unveiled details of a project to reform the SAR (suspicious activity report) regime, amid a large increase in the number of submissions from financial institutions and other reporting entities. The NCA received over 570,000 SARs in the year to March 2020, an increase… Read More
27th November 2020
By Eli Moskowitz, OCCRP, 25 November 2020 OCCRP – Leaders of the G20 reiterated their commitment to following anti-money laundering policy measures recommended by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which stressed their importance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic at a summit over the weekend hosted by… Read More
25th November 2020
The UAE Central Bank will start taking legal action against non-registered Hawala service providers when registration deadline expires on December 2, 2020, after which no Hawala service provider will be allowed to operate in the country. “After the deadline has expired, the Central Bank will impose the necessary legal and… Read More
23rd November 2020
A Wall Street regulator appointed by President Donald Trump wants to force banks to finance unpopular businesses the industry has been known to shun — a list that includes oil companies, gun manufacturers and private prisons. Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks on Friday proposed a rule that would… Read More
20th November 2020
U.S. federal authorities on Thursday issued fresh Bank Secrecy Act guidance for banks providing services to charities and non-profit organizations (NPOs) as part of an effort to ensure that the groups retain access to financial pipelines. The joint fact-sheet—issued by the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency,… Read More
19th November 2020
The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is calling for additional reforms to the country’s system for reporting suspicious transactions in an effort to scale back the volume of defensive filings it receives, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Although the Home Office has launched a “transformation programme” aimed at overhauling… Read More
18th November 2020
U.S. regulators are discussing the “why” of a new proposal that has crypto fans concerned. Speaking Monday at the V20 Virtual Asset Service Providers Summit, Carole House, cyber and emerging tech policy specialist at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), said criminals are conducting cross-border payments using smaller amounts… Read More
13th November 2020
Swiss companies will no longer be able to deduct bribes paid to private individuals from their taxes, Switzerland’s government said on Wednesday, according to an update of tax laws due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022. Beyond bribes, costs from financing criminal activities or money paid in return for… Read More
13th November 2020
Financial intelligence regulator AUSTRAC is preparing to unleash a wave of guidance including as many as five detailed risk assessments for banks and non-bank lenders and a new division that will engage directly with regulated entities and spell out what is expected of them. The enigmatic regulator is preparing as… Read More
12th November 2020
The world’s most influential gold market authority is threatening to stop bullion from countries including the United Arab Emirates entering the mainstream market if they fail to meet regulatory standards, a letter seen by Reuters showed. In the letter dated Nov. 6 addressed to countries with large gold markets, the… Read More