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Malta leads on cryptoassets regulation while EU ponders

As the European Commission ponders whether the European Union needs rules for cryptoassets and trading in virtual currencies, EU states are moving ahead with their own regulations, with the smallest of them, Malta, leading the pack. The risks of investing in the industry were made clear last year when Bitcoin,… Read More

Cyber attack on Malta bank tried to transfer cash abroad

Bank of Valletta which accounts for almost half of Malta’s banking transactions, had to shut down all of its operations on Wednesday after hackers broke into its systems and shifted funds overseas. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told parliament the cyber attack involved the creation of false international payments totaling 13… Read More

Money laundering: European Commission treatment of Malta ‘unfair’ compared to Latvia – MEP

The European Commission (EC) has handled money laundering issues regarding Malta disproportionally compared to Latvia, which had a ‘much more serious case,’ according to EU lawmaker and former Maltese prime minister Alfred Sant. Malta has been in the spotlight over a number of money laundering and corruption issues in recent… Read More
5th December 2018
The United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission has taken action against three online casinos following an investigation into how firms handle money laundering and problem gambling. In its findings, the Commission highlighted a number of compliance failings across the firms. “Nearly £14m in penalty packages will be paid by three companies… Read More
20th November 2018
The European Commission has been accused of being biased in its approach to tackling money laundering, with a former Maltese leader saying the body targets smaller banks while turning a blind eye on such crimes at bigger European banks. Alfred Sant singled European Commissioner for Justice Vera Jourova, saying she… Read More
9th November 2018
The European Commission has requested Malta’s Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit step up its supervision of the banking sector after an investigation revealed that Malta had failed to ensure banks comply with EU anti-money laundering (AML) rules. Malta has been under the spotlight over various scandals related to money laundering,… Read More
6th November 2018
The European Central Bank (ECB) has withdrawn Maltese-based Pilatus Bank’s licence following allegations of money laundering and the arrest of its owner over financial crime charges in the US. The money laundering allegations around Pilatus, which was central to a scandal investigated by murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, go back… Read More
18th October 2018
The European Central Bank (ECB) is reportedly looking to revoke the licence of Pilatus Bank, following the arrest of its chairman over money laundering charges and allegations it processed corrupt payments. Malta’s banking regulator has also previously recommended that the licence be withdrawn. The ECB’s supervisory board has… Read More
27th September 2018
Europe’s banking watchdog has backed a recommendation by the Maltese financial regulator to withdraw Pilatus Bank’s banking license following the indictment of its chairman for money laundering. EBA’s move puts pressure on the European Central Bank which is expected to make a decision on whether to withdraw Pilatus’s license as… Read More
26th September 2018
Malta’s financial watchdog said a preliminary European Union investigation into how it applied EU anti-money-laundering rules at Pilatus Bank has been dropped. The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) said on Tuesday that the European Banking Authority (EBA) found that no EU rules had been broken. “As a result, the… Read More
13th August 2018
Malta has signed up to join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), making it the 22nd country to join efforts to protect the EU’s budget against financial crime. The EPPO, which is set to be operational in two years time in all participating EU Member States, will seek to fight… Read More
26th July 2018
The EU has given Malta two months to fully transpose the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4AMLD) into national law. The EU Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Malta about enforcing 4AMLD, which all Member States should have implemented by June 2017. Malta claimed to have implemented 4AMLD in December, however… Read More
12th July 2018
The European Union’s top banking watchdog has found “general and systematic shortcomings” in Malta’s application of EU anti-money-laundering rules, it said on Wednesday. The European Banking Authority’s (EBA) criticism came as it concluded an enquiry into the way Malta’s anti-money laundering watchdog the Maltese Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU), investigated… Read More