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How a Reality-TV Producer Became Rainmaker to $300 Billion Saudi Fund

Businesses looking for cash from Saudi Arabia’s $300 billion sovereign-wealth fund, one of the world’s most influential investors, have found it helps to enlist a former reality-TV producer from Sarasota, Fla. Carla DiBello, 35, has become a high-profile figure in Saudi Arabia’s investment scene for her connections with the… Read More

Deutsche Bank’s Payments to Saudi Royal Adviser Under Scrutiny: FT

Deutsche Bank’s Switzerland-based wealth management division paid $1.1 million to secure lucrative business arrangements with a senior member of the Saudi royal family, the Financial Times reported Sunday, citing the findings of an internal probe conducted by the bank. The funds, which were offered in tandem with an internship… Read More

Trump unveils slew of sanctions over human rights abuses overseas

The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on at least 20 more people accused of human rights abuses, targeting government officials, businessmen and others in countries from Myanmar to Pakistan — but still avoiding penalizing some world leaders deemed critical partners. The new sanctions, announced Tuesday, are the latest in a… Read More
12th November 2019
The revelation last week that fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, holds a Cypriot passport has sparked a fresh flurry of speculation over his whereabouts, as authorities attempt to track him down for alleged financial crimes linked to defunct state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The… Read More
31st October 2019
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and five other Gulf nations joined the U.S. in imposing sanctions on a financing network controlled by Iran’s military and several men linked to the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah. Top U.S. Treasury Department officials said the action is the largest ever by the Riyadh-based Terrorist Financing… Read More
24th September 2019
The United States on Friday imposed another round of sanctions on Tehran, including on Iran’s central bank and a development fund, following last week’s attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that Riyadh and U.S. officials have blamed on Iran. President Donald Trump outlined the action to reporters at the… Read More
12th September 2019
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have been working for three years to recover assets around the world that were allegedly acquired with billions of dollars stolen from Malaysia’s 1MDB fund by people associated with former prime minister Najib Razak. But the question of whether the civil forfeiture lawsuits for overseas… Read More
2nd September 2019
Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s former president, has told a court that he received $25m from Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince. The 75-year-old, who was toppled in April in the wake of mass protests against his three-decade rule, made the statement on Saturday after a judge formally charged him with illicit… Read More
20th August 2019
Sudan’s ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir acknowledged receiving millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a police detective told a court on Monday at the start of a corruption trial that many Sudanese thought they would never see. Bashir listened to the testimony without comment, sitting in a metal cage and… Read More
20th August 2019
The European Commission will revisit plans to publish a list of non-EU jurisdictions deemed to be particularly vulnerable to money laundering, an official from the economic bloc told the Financial Times. The incoming commission is expected by October to unveil an overhauled methodology on how to draft the blacklist of… Read More
1st August 2019
Oil tanker owners are finding a way to reduce the risks of navigating the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important — and lately most dangerous — energy chokepoint: vanish from global tracking systems. Copying from Iran’s own playbook, at least 20 ships turned off their transponders while passing through… Read More
12th July 2019
The European Union is preparing an overhaul of its listing of countries that pose money-laundering risks, an EU confidential document shows, a review that could allow Saudi Arabia to be moved to a new gray list after having been briefly blacklisted. The EU executive added the oil-rich kingdom in February… Read More
8th July 2019
As the U.S. looks to enforce sanctions aimed at halting trade with states such as Iran and Venezuela, there’s increased scrutiny on the tricks being used to keep commodities flowing to and from blacklisted countries. Ships… Read More