9th December 2019
A fund in which the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has invested tens of millions of euros has links to two Swiss banks investigated or implicated in bribery and money laundering scandals involving more than one billion dollars. The fund is under investigation by Vatican authorities. The fund, Centurion Global Fund,… Read More
9th December 2019
Westpac has not completed a comprehensive external audit of how it manages risk in more than two years, with the last review finding the bank’s systems were only “partially effective”. In a letter to Westpac’s then chief risk officer Alexandra Holcomb in August 2017, audit firm EY said the design… Read More
9th December 2019
Latvia’s financial watchdog said on Friday it had fined Baltic International Bank 1.56 million euros ($1.72 million) for lax anti-money laundering controls. The Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) said in a statement that a review of the country’s eighth-biggest bank had shown it did not have an adequate control… Read More
6th December 2019
Credit Suisse Group AG has acted to block Geneva prosecutors from using details of a critical report by the country’s financial regulator into the bank’s failure to prevent fraud at its wealth management unit. The bank asked Geneva prosecutor Yves Bertossa to seal the report, which he is legally… Read More
3rd December 2019
A Belgian lawyer appeared in a Geneva court on Monday accused of money-laundering and falsifying documents in a case involving Belgium’s richest family, who say she swindled missing shares in brewer InBev worth some $60 million today. The woman, who denies the charges, was convicted in 2016 by a Luxembourg… Read More
3rd December 2019
The U.S. Department of Justice has in recent weeks stepped up its investigation into Deutsche Bank’s role in the 200 billion euro ($220 billion) Danske Bank money laundering scandal, four people familiar with the inquiry told Reuters. One source said the DoJ’s new line of inquiry is whether Deutsche (… Read More
2nd December 2019
Last week, the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes convened in Paris to discuss international efforts to advance tax transparency. Comprising 158 member jurisdictions, the Global Forum is an OECD initiative that works to address the risks to tax compliance posed by non-cooperative jurisdictions. “Ten… Read More
28th November 2019
The Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) has launched a massive hunt for information regarding any possible financial transactions made by former Tumas Group CEO Yorgen Fenech or any of the 61 companies connected to him over the past years. In “strictly confidential” correspondence sent to all financial practitioners and financial… Read More
28th November 2019
A Miami investment manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a $1.2 billion money-laundering ring run by wealthy Venezuelan businessmen with political connections to the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro. Gustavo Hernandez Frieri, 45, was convicted of a single money-laundering conspiracy count and now faces less than 10… Read More
27th November 2019
After a string of bank closures and a high-level bribery scandal put it at the heart of Europe’s dirty-money storm last year, Latvia declared efforts to clean up its act a success. The Baltic nation of 1.9 million people, once seen by clients in the former Soviet Union as a… Read More