18th November 2019
Three prime ministers took to a stage in the ballroom of a five-star London hotel this week offering the world’s wealthiest people “golden passports” and citizenship of their countries in return for hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment or flat “contributions”. Allen Chastanet, the prime minister… Read More
14th November 2019
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will have a second go at its failed electronic know-your-customer (e-KYC) project, said MAS managing director Ravi Menon on Wednesday. The centralised KYC utility idea was first proposed in 2017, and was meant to allow financial institutions to identify and verify potential customers’ details… Read More
6th November 2019
Malaysia is working to locate at least $4.3 billion in assets that have yet to be accounted for in a global money laundering probe into state fund 1MDB, its anti-corruption chief said on Tuesday. U.S. authorities say about $4.5 billion was siphoned from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)… Read More
28th October 2019
Marilyn Monroe may have sung that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but when it comes to sparklers, regulators here are keeping their friends close – and their enemies closer. Precious stones and metals dealers (PSMDs) must register with the Ministry of Law (MinLaw)to keep plying their trade, under legislation… Read More
17th October 2019
Goldman Sachs has been negotiating with the Malaysian authorities to drop criminal charges against three of its subsidiaries in connection with three bond issues by 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB. The government is seeking $3.3 billion in compensation from the U.S. investment bank, accusing it of helping a Malaysian businessman… Read More
4th October 2019
Standard Chartered Plc hired Cedric Lizin to head private banking for southeast and south Asia after executive Srinivas Siripurapu resigned. The change in management comes at a sensitive time for the unit. Bloomberg News reported last month the private bank is in the process of reviewing all of its… Read More
10th September 2019
Cross-border payment startups are rushing into Asia as deregulation of the sector has enabled online services to operate in the region, in a major threat to existing banks. Among them, TransferWise, a U.K.-based online remittance company, will launch a debit card in Singapore in the next couple of months and in… Read More
6th September 2019
Singaporean authorities disclosed the launch of a new e-service platform Thursday that is intended to help bank compliance teams identify discrepancies in trade-finance data.  Banks can use the Trade Finance Compliance (TFC) service, which hosts data obtained from permits issued by Singapore Customs, to conduct anti-money laundering (AML) compliance… Read More
14th August 2019
Singapore’s central bank is raising its guard against money launderers increasingly using onshore shell companies to mask their transactions, a senior official said. Valerie Tay, who heads the anti-money laundering department at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said banks had closed accounts of several onshore shell companies over the… Read More
14th June 2019
Brazil’s Petrobras found suspicious activity in its oil trading business – and failed to stop it – six years before an alleged bribery scandal erupted in that unit in 2018, according to three people with knowledge of the situation and documents seen by Reuters. A 2012 internal probe at the… Read More