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U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account

Myanmar’s military rulers attempted to move about $1 billion held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York days after seizing power on Feb. 1, prompting U.S. officials to put a freeze on the funds, according to three people familiar with the matter, including one U.S. government official. The transaction… Read More

Jersey trust company fined $835,000 for opening ‘gateway to possible money laundering’ in Angola

By Will Fitzgibbon, ICIJ, 4 March 2021 ICIJ — A court in the Channel Islands has fined a team of accountants and economists who for years ignored “obvious” risks of possible corruption and embezzlement when providing services to an investment management company working with the government… Read More

UBS May Use Money-Launderer Case to Appeal $5.4 Billion Penalty

Just over two years ago, UBS Group AG got a nasty shock when a Paris judge handed it a record $5.4 billion penalty for helping French clients avoid taxes. As the Swiss bank returns to the French capital on Monday for a three-week long appeal, its team of lawyers… Read More
5th March 2021
The U.S. and U.K. are weighing additional penalties against Russia over the use of chemical weapons, with options ranging from sanctions against oligarchs to the extreme step of targeting the nation’s sovereign debt, according to people familiar with the matter. British officials plan to push for the Organisation for the… Read More
5th March 2021
The U.S. is considering sanctions against Lebanon’s long-serving central bank chief as a broader investigation into the alleged embezzlement of public funds in the country gathers pace, according to four people familiar with the matter. Officials within the Biden administration have discussed the possibility of coordinated measures with their European… Read More
5th March 2021
Venezuela sent gold to Mali in 2020 via Russian-owned planes to exchange for euros and United States dollars that President Nicolas Maduro’s government used to remain afloat despite US sanctions, an opposition representative said on Wednesday. Julio Borges, designated by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as his chief overseas envoy,… Read More
4th March 2021
Florida private equity manager Elliot Smerling has overseen a growing empire of private equity funds reportedly worth more than $1.8 billion and lived a lavish lifestyle, with homes in Florida, New York and Brazil as well as a collection of luxury cars including a Ferrari, a Corvette and a Cadillac… Read More
4th March 2021
European Union rules on company financial information need to be updated to apply the lessons of the collapse of German payments firm Wirecard, the bloc’s securities watchdog said on Wednesday. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said in a report in November there were deficiencies in how Germany’s securities… Read More
4th March 2021
ING Group’s unit in France will pay €3 million to address anti-money laundering (AML) and counterterrorism financing compliance shortcomings identified by the country’s prudential regulator. The banking group, which acknowledged the fine in a statement Tuesday, said the enforcement action stemmed from a 2018 inspection by the Autorité de Contrôle… Read More
4th March 2021
Cyprus plans to launch a register in coming months identifying the owners of thousands of companies on the island, lifting a veil of secrecy on opaque and complex corporate structures that campaigners say can help criminals seeking to hide their loot. Details of thousands of companies domiciled on the island,… Read More
4th March 2021
Malaysian police said on Wednesday it was investigating the husband of the country’s former central bank head for allegedly receiving funds linked to 1MDB, a state fund at the centre of a massive corruption scandal. Malaysian and U.S authorities have said around $4.5 billion was stolen from 1Malaysia Development Berhad… Read More
4th March 2021
Embattled financial startup Greensill Capital plans to file for insolvency in the U.K. this week, as it simultaneously moves toward a deal to sell its operating business to Apollo Global Management, according to people familiar with the matter. Also Wednesday, in a dramatic ratcheting up of Greensill’s problems, Germany’s… Read More
4th March 2021
More than 20 years ago, a group of former salesmen for Houston software entrepreneur Robert Brockman sued their old boss, claiming in court that he had deprived them of commissions by directing a portion of customer payments to a Cayman Islands entity. Mr. Brockman twice appealed to the Texas… Read More