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
Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that defendants cannot be imprisoned before all their appeals are exhausted, marking a setback for graft investigations that have led to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking politicians and business leaders. The ruling, which reverses policy adopted in 2016, means that former President Luiz… Read More
8th November 2019
Malaysia is planning to impose a cash transaction limit (CTL) of RM25,000 starting next year to further strengthen the country’s financial integrity and curb illicit activities. “This is to address the abuse of physical cash used for illicit activities,” Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) deputy governor and chairman of the National… 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
Prosecutors in Montenegro halted an investigation into nearly 22 million euros illegally paid to privileged clients of a failing financial institution while it was under the management of the Central Bank, even as smaller account holders lost their savings. The state prosecutor’s office ended its probe into the Central Bank’s… Read More
8th November 2019
Serhiy Lovochkin, who used to head the administration of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, and his sister Yulia Lovochkina, co-owned Latvia’s Trasta Banka through a proxy, according to a report published by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). UK citizen Charles Treherne held just under ten percent in… 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
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
Dutch officials really don’t like it when someone calls their country a tax haven. In 2009, the Obama administration did just that, naming the Netherlands as one of a number of countries where scores of major American firms had established subsidiaries in order to avoid paying U.S. taxes. In a… Read More