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Rabobank fined over poor anti-money laundering controls, KYC, beneficial ownership

Dutch lender Rabobank has been fined just over €1 million over its anti-money laundering controls, including know your customer (KYC), customer due diligence (CDD) and beneficial ownership issues. The penalty was issued by the Dutch regulator, the Dutch National Bank (DNB), which reviewed the bank’s files for some years up… Read More

Bad loans and money laundering curbs take toll on ABN Amro

Rising bad loans and a big investment in improving anti-money-laundering controls pushed fourth-quarter net profit from Dutch bank ABN Amro way below analysts’ expectations, prompting a sell-off in its shares. Net profit plunged 42 percent to 316 million euros (278 million pounds) from 542 million euros a year earlier. That… Read More

Cayman Islands added onto new tax haven blacklist

The Cayman Islands has been added onto the Netherlands new low-tax jurisdictions list, dubbed blacklist, of 21 jurisdictions considered to be tax havens, as Amsterdam looks to roll out new measures to combat tax avoidance. Companies registered in the jurisdictions on the list face paying 20.5% tax from 2021 on… Read More
9th January 2019
The European Union on Tuesday froze the assets of an Iranian intelligence unit and two of its staff, as the Netherlands accused Iran of two killings on its soil and joined France and Denmark in alleging Tehran plotted other attacks in Europe. The move, although in part symbolic since one… Read More
31st December 2018
Banks need to step up the fight against money laundering and accept lower profits in return, European Central Bank board member Klaas Knot said, after a year in which investigations into criminal use of accounts implicated several EU lenders. “Banks need to adhere to rules and laws under any circumstance. Read More
14th December 2018
A network of favorable tax treaties and an industry devoted to minimizing tax bills has made the Netherlands the conduit for an annual flow of capital five times the size of its own economy, new research showed on Thursday. Statistics Netherlands published the data for the first time — based… Read More
28th November 2018
AP — The ride-hailing service Uber has been fined the equivalent of nearly $1.2 million by British and Dutch authorities for failing to protect customers’ data during a cyberattack in 2016. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office said Tuesday it fined the company 385,000 pounds ($491,000) and Dutch… Read More
23rd November 2018
Amsterdam detectives have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of money laundering after they found €350,000 inside a washing machine at a house in New West. According to the municipal administration, no one lived at the house, said the police, who were conducting checks for unregistered residents when they came… Read More
5th October 2018
AP — April 12 was supposed to be another day on the job for Alexei Morenets, the balding 41-year-old alleged to be an on-site hacking specialist for Russian military intelligence. Morenets’ work for the agency, often abbreviated as GRU, was said to involve using specialized equipment… Read More
12th September 2018
Dutch banking group ING has announced that its chief financial officer will step down after it was fined €775 million (about $900m) for poor anti-money laundering controls, including client on-boarding and customer due diligence issues. CFO Koos Timmermans (pictured) was also a member of the Management Board Banking… Read More
6th September 2018
When Dutch prosecutors trawled through ING’s books they found a “women’s underwear trader” had been able to launder 150 million euros (135 million pounds) through the bank’s accounts without ringing alarm bells. “It should have been clear to the bank that the monetary flows had little to do with… Read More
5th September 2018
Dutch bank ING Groep will pay 775 million euros (about $900 million) in a settlement with the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (DPPS) over its poor anti-money laundering controls which in some cases allowed customers to launder cash for years. A DPPS investigation established ‘serious’ shortcomings at the lender, including that… Read More
26th June 2018
Denmark’s new business minister has signalled he will take a tough line on the country’s largest lender Danske Bank, describing its admission of past failings in anti-money laundering controls in Estonia as “a disgrace and a scandal.” Rasmus Jarlov was appointed by Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Thursday, after… Read More