Featured Trust & Corp Svcs

Deutsche Bank’s AML Team Sought SARs on Trump, Kushner: NYT

Deutsche Bank managers blocked the filing of multiple suspicious activity reports (SARs) on transactions involving President Donald Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and offshore parties, The New York Times reported Sunday. In the summer of 2016, the German institution’s transaction monitoring software flagged a series of suspicious payments from Kushner’s real estate… 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

Germany searches banks and homes in nationwide tax evasion raid

Frankfurt public prosecutors said they led a nationwide raid on eight homes and 11 banks on Wednesday as part of an investigation into wealthy individuals suspected of tax evasion. The action was a follow-up on a police raid last November of Deutsche Bank over money laundering allegations linked to the… 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
8th May 2019
Hundreds of thousands of UK companies have exploited loopholes and lax regulatory enforcement to circumvent rules on reporting their beneficial owners, a British watchdog group said Monday. A study by London-based Global Witness found that the number of corporations that have reported to the UK Companies House… 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
Tens of thousands of people marched on Hong Kong’s parliament on Sunday to demand the scrapping of proposed extradition rules that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial – a move which some fear puts the city’s core freedoms at risk. Opponents of the proposal fear… 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
16th April 2019
UBS shareholders should oppose discharging the board and top management of Switzerland’s biggest bank from liability after a guilty verdict in a French tax evasion case, proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) said. “A vote against the formal discharge of the board of directors and senior management is warranted on… Read More