Featured Law & Accountancy

UK audit watchdog proposes record $16 million fine for KPMG

Britain’s accounting watchdog has proposed fining KPMG 12.5 million pounds ($16 million) for errors in checking whether BNY Mellon bank was complying with rules for safeguarding client assets. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said it has asked an independent disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday to levy the fine, a record for… Read More

Trump loses lawsuit challenging subpoena for financial records

A U.S. judge on Monday ruled in favor of a U.S. House of Representatives committee seeking President Donald Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm, dealing an early setback to the Trump administration in its legal battle with Congress. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington also denied a request… Read More

BC Money Laundering Inquiry Raises Questions for the Rest of Canada

British Columbia’s recently announced probe into suspected money laundering has drawn promises of cooperation from federal officials along with new questions for other provinces. On Wednesday, British Columbia (BC) Premier John Horgan announced that his government would conduct a public inquiry into the “extent, growth, evolution and methods of money… Read More
15th May 2019
More than 40 percent of the 59 law firms recently examined by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) are facing potential disciplinary actions for anti-money laundering (AML) compliance failures. That SRA, which focused its review on firms in England and Wales that offer trust and company services, found compliance deficiencies at… Read More
15th May 2019
Facing unprecedented pressure to clamp down on criminal groups, UK law enforcement officials are in need of an additional £2.7 billion in funding over the next three years, the head of the National Crime Agency (NCA) said Monday. The agency is seeking a 54-percent increase in its annual budget, which… Read More
15th May 2019
European Union finance ministers are set to remove this week the British overseas territory of Bermuda, the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba and Barbados from the bloc’s blacklist of tax havens, an EU official said on Monday. The three islands were added to the list in March because the EU… Read More
29th April 2019
Zurich Life Insurance Company and its Isle of Man-based affiliate will pay the US Justice Department $5.1 million for failing to stop clients from evading American tax obligations through their services. From January 2008 through June 2014, the companies maintained approximately 420 US-linked policies, worth an aggregate $102 million, for… Read More
29th April 2019
An uptick in white-collar prosecutions by the Trump administration could bring relief to high-end defense lawyers, who have been searching for work after years of declining federal prosecutions. Many white-collar lawyers have been fretting about their caseloads since the Trump administration took charge of the U.S. Department of Justice, worrying… 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
16th April 2019
The United Kingdom is seeking input on its planned implementation of the European Union’s fifth anti-money laundering directive (5AMLD) as the government continues to negotiate an exit from the economic bloc. In a consultation paper published Monday, HM Treasury said it would seek stakeholder commentary on the directive through… Read More
15th April 2019
Accountant EY’s audit of scandal-hit Danske Bank came under scrutiny on Friday as Danish authorities asked the state prosecutor for financial fraud to investigate the matter. Danske Bank is under investigation in the United States, Denmark, Estonia, France and Britain over payments from Russia, ex-Soviet states and elsewhere. It has… Read More
15th April 2019
European lawmakers are urging financial institutions and governments to address dozens of legal and supervisory shortcomings they say contributed to the proliferation of massive money laundering schemes in recent years. In a resolution adopted Thursday, the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly said that recent money laundering schemes linked to… Read More
15th April 2019
Finance ministers and other national representatives approved an indefinite extension of the Financial Action Task Force’s mandate, including revisions that increase the group’s presidential terms by a year. The open-ended mandate, which takes effect in 2020, comes as the Paris-based intergovernmental organization marked its 30-year anniversary in a ministerial meeting… Read More