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Danske wields risk axe after Estonia money laundering scandal

In an era when compliance heads have unprecedented importance in banking, there is perhaps no other major financial institution in the world where the role is quite as crucial as it is at Danske Bank. Philippe Vollot became the Danish lender’s new chief compliance officer in November last year, just… Read More

Court documents show U.S. seeks seizure of Iranian tanker violating sanctions

Newly released U.S. court documents show the United States issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian tanker that British Royal Marines had seized last month in Gibraltar, citing evidence that it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of U.S. sanctions. The oil tanker Grace 1, the more… Read More

U.S. Threatens Sanctions Over Iranian Tanker After Court Release

The U.S. is gravely disappointed with the U.K. after a Gibraltar court allowed the release of an Iranian tanker suspected of hauling oil to Syria, and threatened sanctions against ports, banks and anyone else who does business with the ship or its crew, two administration officials said. The court’s decision… Read More
16th August 2019
Ziraat Bank, Turkey’s largest bank by assets, has stopped offering services to Venezuela’s Central Bank in wake of tougher U.S. sanctions that raise the stakes for companies that do business with the Caribbean nation. The Ankara-based state bank confirmed the closing of its account without providing further details. Venezuela’s… Read More
16th August 2019
The Latvian lender which accused the country’s central bank head of corruption is failing and will be shut down, European banking authorities said on Thursday. PNB Banka, one of the smallest lenders under ECB supervision with just 550 million euros of assets, has seen “significant deterioration in its capital situation… Read More
16th August 2019
The European Central Bank, which supervises data protection at Europe’s largest banks, said Thursday that it temporarily shut down one of its websites after it was hacked and injected with a malicious software. The site, called BIRD, which provides the banking industry with information on how to produce statistical and… Read More
16th August 2019
As president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades has worked to strengthen his country’s relationship with Russia while dealing with international criticism of its lax financial and money laundering controls. But several years before his 2013 election, a law firm he established and co-owned, and in which he was a partner at… Read More
15th August 2019
More than £100m suspected to have been imported to the UK from bribery and corruption overseas has been frozen following a court order obtained by the National Crime Agency. Westminster magistrates’ court granted account freezing orders covering eight bank accounts holding in excess of £100m which is “suspected to have… Read More
15th August 2019
UK banks are significantly behind schedule in moving staff to the European Union ahead of Brexit and risk being caught off guard if Britain leaves without a deal, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday. Many London-based banks are having to expand their EU operations to continue doing business in… Read More
14th August 2019
Europe is gradually tightening the rules for the crypto space. A wave of new regulations are introducing stricter requirements for companies operating in the industry and cryptocurrency users are going to feel the difference in the coming months. The measures stem from the obligation of member states to transpose EU’s… Read More
14th August 2019
In January, as the Senate debated whether to permit the Trump administration to lift sanctions on Russia’s largest aluminum producer, two men with millions of dollars riding on the outcome met for dinner at a restaurant in Zurich. On one side of the table sat the head of sales for… Read More
14th August 2019
The British territory of Gibraltar will not yet release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean despite an Iranian report that it could do so on Tuesday, an official Gibraltar source said. The commandeering of the Grace 1 on July 4 exacerbated frictions between Tehran and… Read More
13th August 2019
Latvia’s financial regulator, the Financial and Capital Markets Commission (FKTK) on August 12 said it had deleted the register entries of two firms dealing with electronic money transfers. The firms, called ‘Complete Payment Systems’ and ‘Money Express’ have had their entries in the credit register of payment institutions annulled, suspending their provision of… Read More