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EU heavyweight states push for joint supervisor against money laundering

The European Union’s largest states are pushing for the establishment of a new supervisory authority that would take over from states the oversight of money laundering at financial firms, after a series of scandals at the bloc’s banks. In a joint statement, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Latvia… Read More

Terrorism Financing Charge Upheld Against French Company Lafarge

A French court on Thursday upheld preliminary criminal charges against one of France’s biggest companies over allegations that it financed the Islamic State and other armed groups in Syria, while putting the lives of its employees there in danger. In its ruling, the Court of Appeal in Paris also said… Read More

UBS Has Four Weeks in June to Fight $5 Billion French Fine

UBS Group AG is set for a Paris retrial in June to fight its conviction and record 4.5 billion-euro ($5 billion) fine for helping wealthy French clients stash undeclared funds in offshore accounts. Judges at the Paris Court of Appeals said on Monday the UBS retrial will run… Read More
25th October 2019
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Thursday it fined BNP Paribas SA $15 million for failing to develop an anti-money-laundering program that could detect suspicious penny stock and wire transfer activity. The fine relates to activity from BNP Paribas Securities Corp. and BNP Paribas Prime Brokerage Inc. Finra said… Read More
21st October 2019
Major European players are joining forces to block Facebook’s proposed digital currency because of the dangers it poses to national sovereignty, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire announced Friday. The firm opposition from France, Italy and Germany added to the mounting resistance faced by the tech giant’s troubled foray into… Read More
14th October 2019
European Union taxpayers held assets worth at least $1.6 trillion offshore in 2016, equal to nearly 10% of the bloc’s output, the European Commission said on Friday, estimating tax revenue losses at around $50 billion a year. In a report, the Commission said taxpayers in the Mediterranean islands of Cyprus… Read More
7th October 2019
Judging by the fleet of supercars parked in the grounds of Geneva’s Bonmont Golf and Country Club last Sunday, Teodorin Obiang was not overly fussed by the size of his carbon footprint. There were 25 in total, representatives of every luxury model conceivable, from Aston Martin to Bugatti and Ferrari,… Read More
20th September 2019
The parliamentary foreign affairs commission on Tuesday approved a draft resolution supporting Belgium’s membership of INSTEX, the European special purpose company that is required to allow trade with Iran despite American sanctions. In 2015, an agreement was reached between Iran and the five members of the UN Security Council as… Read More
16th September 2019
A year after U.S. authorities closed Backpage.com, the biggest player in the online sex-for-sale industry, investigators are focused on three websites now dominant in the American market and the Swiss businessman who they believe may control them. U.S. authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, are… Read More
10th September 2019
France will likely win Britain’s financial services crown in the European Union after Brexit, which leaves the bloc’s economy more reliant on struggling euro zone banks, New Financial think tank said on Tuesday. Brexit will most likely lead to a shift in the tone and direction of policy on EU… Read More
10th September 2019
When Lafarge, one of the world’s leading producers of building materials, acquired a cement plant in the north Syrian town of Jalabiya in 2007, it was with the hope of expanding into the Middle Eastern markets. The French company—which became LafargeHolcim after merging with a Swiss firm in 2015—spent over… Read More
6th September 2019
Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, US financial misconduct fines have led the world.  However, defenders of Europe’s more collegiate approach to tackling banks’ money-laundering shortcomings say US banks also lead the world for de-risking, shunning some of the globe’s poorest countries from access to the dollar system. … Read More
5th September 2019
A European trade mechanism to barter humanitarian and food goods with Iran will not work until Tehran sets up a mirror company and meets international standards against money-laundering and terrorism financing, a French diplomatic source said. Britain, France and Germany, parties to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran along with… Read More