Featured Jurisdictions

Swedbank revamps management after money laundering probe

Swedbank (SWEDa.ST) said on Monday its chief risk officer was leaving as the Swedish bank’s new CEO revamps its structure to regain customer trust after a money laundering scandal sent its shares down 40% in the past year. Helo Meigas will leave the bank along with head of… Read More

Money Laundering Battle Drives Japan Banks to JPMorgan’s Payments Network

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s blockchain-based payments network is drawing the greatest interest in Japan, a country long blamed for weak measures against money laundering. More than 80 Japanese banks have expressed a willingness to join the Interbank Information Network, said Daizaburo Sanai, an executive director at the U.S. firm. Read More

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Cambodian PM’s Associates Over Alleged Corruption

The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions on a businessman and a senior government official with close links to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, accusing them of corruption. The measures come as western countries step up pressure on Hun Sen over a crackdown on the opposition and after the United States… Read More
10th December 2019
The United States on Monday sanctioned Aivars Lembergs, the suspended mayor of Latvia’s seaport city of Ventspils and an oligarch with substantial influence in the country’s politics, over alleged corruption, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. According to the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Lembergs controls “entities… Read More
10th December 2019
Summing up six weeks of testimony at the trial of a former SNC-Lavalin executive accused of fraud and corruption, a prosecutor told jurors Monday that greed lies at the root of the accusations. Sami Bebawi’s fate will soon be in the hands of the jury after federal prosecutors made their… Read More
10th December 2019
A Swiss court convicted a Belgian lawyer on Monday of money-laundering and forgery for taking shares now worth more than 60 million Swiss francs ($60 million) from Belgium’s richest family and stashing them in accounts and offshore companies. The unidentified defendant, who denied the charges, was sentenced to 30 months,… Read More
10th December 2019
Deutsche Bank AG said Friday it agreed to pay €15 million ($16.6 million) in penalties to end a probe into possible money-laundering and tax evasion involving German clients, closing an investigation that featured a high-profile raid of the bank’s Frankfurt headquarters in November 2018. The bank and the Frankfurt… Read More
9th December 2019
A group of European Union countries is calling for the bloc to cast a wider net when listing tax havens and to consider imposing stricter sanctions for countries facilitating tax avoidance, according to an EU document and an EU official. The document, prepared by the Danish government and seen by… Read More
9th December 2019
A fund in which the Vatican’s Secretariat of State has invested tens of millions of euros has links to two Swiss banks investigated or implicated in bribery and money laundering scandals involving more than one billion dollars. The fund is under investigation by Vatican authorities. The fund, Centurion Global Fund,… Read More
9th December 2019
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. could end up paying less than $2 billion to resolve U.S. criminal and regulatory probes over its role in raising money for scandal-ridden Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, said three people familiar with the negotiations. The Justice Department and other federal agencies, in internal discussions… Read More
9th December 2019
A British company helped move a key subsidiary of the Iranian state-owned oil company to a secretive tax haven, despite it being on an international sanctions list. The London-based company agent Formations House agreed to help find a new base for Naftiran Intertrade Co (Nico), the international trading arm of… Read More
9th December 2019
Westpac has not completed a comprehensive external audit of how it manages risk in more than two years, with the last review finding the bank’s systems were only “partially effective”. In a letter to Westpac’s then chief risk officer Alexandra Holcomb in August 2017, audit firm EY said the design… Read More
9th December 2019
Latvia’s financial watchdog said on Friday it had fined Baltic International Bank 1.56 million euros ($1.72 million) for lax anti-money laundering controls. The Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) said in a statement that a review of the country’s eighth-biggest bank had shown it did not have an adequate control… Read More