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New York Fed cracks down on Puerto Rico banks following Venezuela sanctions

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela have led the New York Federal Reserve to crack down on Puerto Rico’s $50 billion offshore banking industry, according to four sources and a document seen by Reuters. The development will prevent the island’s offshore banks, several of which are owned by citizens of crisis-stricken Venezuela,… Read More

Enhancing Financial Inclusion: Telecoms and AML in Nigeria

The rapid development of mobile money is creating unprecedented opportunities for poor people in developing countries to more actively participate in the economy. For millions of underserved individuals around the world, a mobile phone represents more than just a tool for communication; it’s a payment terminal in the pocket. Every… Read More

Romanian justice minister resigns after losing party support

AP — Romania’s justice minister says he is resigning after losing the support of the governing Social Democratic Party. Tudorel Toader says in a statement Thursday he decided to present his resignation to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila despite declaring hours earlier that he would stay in his post. Toader’s downfall… Read More
18th April 2019
The weeks before Easter are usually some of the busiest of the year for bankers, lawyers and consultants in the City of London, as clients rush to get deals done before a run of public holidays. But this year comparatively little has been happening. City workers had been hoping the… Read More
18th April 2019
Whether it’s linked to a case of whistleblowing, a problematic work culture or discrimination, the decision to sue an employer is never easy. For some compliance officers, however, there may come a point in which legal action is the only recourse available to them to expose wrongdoing, protect their professional… Read More
18th April 2019
By William M. LeoGrande, American University School of Public Affairs The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962. Speaking in Miami on April 17,… Read More
18th April 2019
The Trump administration on Wednesday announced sanctions restrictions targeting Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, including a designation of Venezuela’s central bank and pending limits on Cuban remittances. The administration added Banco Central de Venezuela to its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List to “prevent it from being used as a tool of… Read More
18th April 2019
Deutsche Bank “very likely” processed illicit transactions linked to a massive Russian money laundering network that the lender was unaware of until media reports of it surfaced, a leaked audit report concluded last year. The “strictly confidential” report by the bank’s supervisory board audit committee determined that the institution’s… Read More
18th April 2019
The European Union banking watchdog said on Wednesday that its investigation into financial regulators in Estonia and Denmark in relation to suspected money laundering activities by Danske Bank did not find any breach of EU law. Danish and Estonian financial regulators have publicly blamed each other for the Danske Bank… Read More
18th April 2019
Bill Browder, an investor who campaigns to expose corruption, has taken a criminal complaint against Swedbank to Latvian authorities, alleging it was involved in a Russian money laundering scandal. Swedish broadcaster SVT reported in March that Swedbank processed gross transactions worth up to 20 billion euros a year from high-risk,… Read More
18th April 2019
The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will stand trial in France for allegedly acquiring millions of euros worth of French property assets using funds diverted from the Syrian state, a judicial source said on Wednesday. Rifaat al-Assad is a former military commander, widely held responsible for crushing an Islamist… Read More
18th April 2019
The UK in the coming year will seek to extend a senior management accountability program to new firms, toughen its oversight of professional bodies and reform how it processes suspicious activity reports, two agencies disclosed. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said in a 2019/2020 business plan published Wednesday that… Read More
18th April 2019
AP — Former President Alan Garcia mortally wounded himself with a gunshot to his head Wednesday as officers waited to arrest him in a big graft probe that has put Peru’s most prominent politicians behind bars and provoked a reckoning over corruption. Authorities broke through a door at Garcia’s mansion in… Read More