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EU agrees sanctions on Turkey over Cyprus drilling, to add names later

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday economic sanctions over Turkey’s drilling off the coast of Cyprus, setting up the legal framework for travel bans and asset freezes but leaving names until a later date. The decision, reflecting a broader deterioration in EU ties with Turkey, aims to punish Ankara… Read More

To Circumvent Western Sanctions, Syria’s Assad Looked to a Moscow Skyscraper: FT

Family members of Bashar al-Assad have purchased at least 20 Moscow apartments worth an aggregate $40 million over the past six years, despite EU and US sanctions targeting the Syrian leader, the Financial Times reported Monday. The real estate deals, including the purchase of 18 luxury apartments in Moscow’s… Read More

HSBC Warned Twice by Bank of England on Conduct Risk Control

The Bank of England has warned HSBC Holdings Plc for two years in a row that it hasn’t done enough to tackle concerns about how the bank handles risks including financial crime and staff conduct. Samir Assaf, HSBC’s top investment banker, told executives on a conference call this week… Read More
8th November 2019
UK financial institutions and other firms filed a record number of suspicious activity reports (SARs) between April 2018 and March of this year, but only a third of the reports citing potential money laundering prompted criminal investigations. In an annual report published Tuesday, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said… Read More
8th November 2019
New York state tax officials are restoring a measure of secrecy for condo owners who buy units without disclosing their names publicly through limited-liability companies, in a reversal of a policy that drew fire from the real-estate industry. In September, the tax department stunned the real-estate industry by requiring that… Read More
8th November 2019
Recent commentary on AUSTRAC and the risk of money laundering, as well as high profile investigations into banks such as Westpac and money remitters like PayPal, has raised some important points around how Australia governs funds coming into and going out of the country. At a time when… Read More
8th November 2019
Despite significant regulatory attention on emerging financial crime risks related to crypto assets, one of the oldest and most sought-after physical assets — gold — remains a prevalent money laundering risk. A recent Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence article detailed how gold bars fraudulently stamped with logos of major refineries were being inserted… Read More
7th November 2019
AP — Cyprus is to set in motion procedures to strip 26 foreign investors of citizenship, the country’s interior minister said Wednesday, amid questions over whether they should have been issued a Cypriot passport under a lucrative investment program. Constantinos Petrides said authorities will also investigate all investors… Read More
7th November 2019
Malta’s financial services sector is exposed to flows of funds from higher risk jurisdictions and customers, the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has indicated in a report. This is mainly due to the exposure to flows of funds from higher-risk jurisdictions and customers, Malta’s economic policy, as well as the… Read More
7th November 2019
The Latvian government on November 5 supported a Justice Ministry plan to establish a specialized economic affairs court that will start operating as of January 1, 2021. However, Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens (KPV LV) spoke against the legislative amendments and minister also called for an audit of the judicial sector before… Read More
7th November 2019
In this exclusive interview KYC360 talks to Tom Keatinge, Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security, including the use of finance as a tool of… Read More
6th November 2019
Free trade zones (FTZs) present both opportunities and challenges for globalised trade. At their best, they facilitate frictionless trade and manufacturing, creating jobs and economic growth for local communities. At their worst, they enable illicit trade and the laundering of criminal proceeds. In this article, the authors examine how the… Read More
6th November 2019
A lawyer for a Turkish bank accused by the U.S. of aiding an Iranian scheme to evade economic sanctions appeared in a New York courtroom for the first time on Tuesday and said the bank continued to dispute the U.S.’s legal authority over it and planned to seek dismissal of… Read More