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Commerzbank Warned BaFin of Wirecard Concerns in Early 2020: FT

Commerzbank warned Germany’s financial watchdog in early 2020 of money laundering risks at Wirecard following the conclusion of an interview review launched the previous year, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. The review, which had been launched by the German lender in the wake of media reports… Read More

Money Laundering Watchdog Turns Focus to Digital Tools, Extremism

The coronavirus halted a wide range of economic activities, but it hasn’t stopped criminals from using the global financial system to commit fraud and engage in other types of illicit behavior. Yet the pandemic has forced some countries to divert resources away from fighting money laundering and made it harder… Read More

UK’s National Crime Agency Calls for Further SARs Reforms

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
10th November 2020
Hong Kong police have arrested 22 locals in a crackdown on what they believed was the city’s first bookmaking and money-laundering racket that had taken advantage of financial technology to collect more than HK$500 million (US$64 million) in bets on international gambling websites. The citywide arrests of 17 men and… Read More
5th November 2020
Germany’s financial establishment came under pressure yesterday after its handling of the collapse of Wirecard, the digital payments company, was strongly criticised by Europe’s markets watchdog. Bafin, the German regulator, faces questions about its competence and probity after the European Securities and Markets Authority said that it was deficient… Read More
5th November 2020
Cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase, Paxful, Gemini and BitFinex have all joined the Anti-Human Trafficking Cryptocurrency Consortium, or ATCC. Launched in April 2020 by the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative, the consortium is a nonprofit focused on intelligence sharing, best practices and the development of tools to fight trafficking. The ATCC brings together… Read More
4th November 2020
The Hong Kong government is aiming to ban retail investors from trading in cryptocurrencies and force exchange operators to obtain licences, in a move that promises to end an era of largely unregulated trading of digital assets, according to officials. The government planned to release a consultation paper on… Read More
27th October 2020
Many financial institutions looking to offer banking services to the expanding number of legal cannabis growers and distributors in the U.S. are still limited by spotty regulations and expensive compliance efforts. The disparities between federal and state laws governing the use of marijuana and hemp, and the differences across states,… Read More
27th October 2020
The Federal Reserve, along with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Agency (FinCEN), an agency of the U.S. Treasury, have invited comment on a proposed rule that lowers the threshold on reporting under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) from $3,000 to $250 for transactions outside of the United States in what is… Read More
23rd October 2020
PayPal has announced its foray into the crypto market, launching a new service that will allow users to buy, hold, and sell digital currency. After receiving a conditional Bitlicence from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS), through a partnership with Paxos Trust Company, PayPal users in the… Read More
21st October 2020
An Iranian businessman was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role operating a company that prosecutors said helped Iranians circumvent U.S. sanctions. Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, founder and former chief executive of Iranian online financial services company Payment24, pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to defraud the U.S. Read More
20th October 2020
Consider the current state of anti-money laundering efforts across the globe. Around 2% of global GDP is laundered annually, amounting to between $800B – $2T. Banks spend around $8B annually fighting it but affect only 0.1% of criminal finance. What we know then is that the ROI of… Read More
15th October 2020
Afterpay has received an all-clear from the Australian financial crimes watchdog AUSTRAC over its breaches of anti-money laundering laws, but the buy now, pay later (BNPL) heavyweight isn’t entirely out of the woods when it comes to regulatory scrutiny. The $27 billion listed fintech said on Wednesday that AUSTRAC would… Read More