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Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro

AP — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country’s crisis, The Associated Press has learned. The… Read More

Dominica removed from EU tax haven blacklist

The Caribbean island of Dominica has been removed from a European Union list of tax havens, the EU said on Friday. Dominica changed its tax rules to comply with EU requirements meant to reduce the risks of tax evasion, the EU said in a statement. The EU said 11 jurisdictions… Read More

Estonia questioned three Aripank staff in new money laundering probe

Estonian police said they held three employees of local bank Tallinna Aripank for questioning this week for 48 hours as part of an investigation into suspected money laundering and bribery. Estonia’s bank system has been in the spotlight after Denmark’s largest lender, Danske Bank, said last year more than 200… Read More
17th June 2019
Europe’s Baltic states are at risk from further Russian money laundering, a top European police official said after several big banks were hit by scandals centred on the region. Pedro Felicio, who is responsible for fighting money laundering at European police agency Europol, told Reuters that “huge inflows of criminal… Read More
14th June 2019
Two online gaming companies will pay a combined £2.8 million for anti-money laundering (AML) compliance lapses related to client bets made with ill-gotten gains, the UK Gambling Commission said. The fines against Osaka-based Platinum Gaming Ltd and London-based Gamesys Ltd follow a combined £4.5 million in monetary outlays ordered… Read More
14th June 2019
Latvia’s parliament on Thursday passed a bill aimed at strengthening control over the financial watchdog as the Baltic state moves to distance itself from a series of scandals that have hit the banking sector in recent years. The country’s new government, formed in January after months of political deadlock, hopes… Read More
14th June 2019
U.S. Senator John Barrasso introduced a bill on Thursday to slap sanctions on individuals and companies developing Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, a day after his fellow Republican, President Donald Trump, said he was considering sanctions on the pipeline. Barrasso’s Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in… Read More
14th June 2019
AP — The U.S. Education Department has opened investigations into foreign funding at Georgetown University and Texas A&M University as part of a broader push to monitor international money flowing to American colleges. Both universities are being ordered to disclose years of financial records amid concerns they have not fully… Read More
13th June 2019
Deutsche Bank has notified nearly 1,000 blue-chip companies that it will terminate their corporate accounts within weeks if they do not send documents verifying their identities, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. The lender issued the termination letters as part of a broader effort to shore up its anti-money laundering (AML) controls… Read More
12th June 2019
Finnish police have declined to investigate an allegation of money laundering at Nordea made by anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder’s Hermitage Capital, citing lack of jurisdiction and the statute of limitations. Hermitage Capital Management Ltd requested an investigation last October into transfers of funds to corporate customer accounts at Nordea from… Read More
12th June 2019
Deutsche Bank has identified serious failures in its screening of cheques and high-value electronic payments for anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions compliance purposes, the lender told the Financial Times. The lapses, which went undetected for years and were discovered as the result of an internal audit, include a “filtering gap”… Read More
11th June 2019
A senior American banker once secretly awarded a shareholding in powerful Moscow investment bank Renaissance Capital to one of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends and brokered meetings for the friend with top U.S. foreign policy officials a decade ago, emails show. The American banker, Robert Foresman, currently vice chairman at UBS… Read More
10th June 2019
UBS looks set to agree a 100 million euro ($113 million) settlement of a money laundering and tax case in Italy within the next few weeks, according to people familiar with the matter, in contrast to a similar case in France. Switzerland’s biggest bank is battling a number of court… Read More