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Standard Chartered faces Treasury fine over sanctions breaches

The Treasury is to slap Standard Chartered, the emerging markets lender, with a multimillion-pound fine for failing to prevent sanctions breaches, dealing a further blow to the FTSE-100 bank’s reputation. Sky News has learnt that the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has notified Standard Chartered that it intends to… Read More

Court documents show U.S. seeks seizure of Iranian tanker violating sanctions

Newly released U.S. court documents show the United States issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian tanker that British Royal Marines had seized last month in Gibraltar, citing evidence that it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of U.S. sanctions. The oil tanker Grace 1, the more… Read More

U.S. Threatens Sanctions Over Iranian Tanker After Court Release

The U.S. is gravely disappointed with the U.K. after a Gibraltar court allowed the release of an Iranian tanker suspected of hauling oil to Syria, and threatened sanctions against ports, banks and anyone else who does business with the ship or its crew, two administration officials said. The court’s decision… Read More
16th August 2019
U.S. prosecutors are seeking to sell three luxury homes linked to the stepson of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, court documents showed, in the latest effort to recover money allegedly stolen from Malaysian fund 1MDB. Malaysian and U.S. authorities allege that about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development… Read More
16th August 2019
A property development firm is trying to have the lawyer famed for representing creditors to late tycoon Scott Young imprisoned in a bitter legal dispute over the whereabouts of millions of pounds in misappropriated funds. Stephen Jones is said to have lied to clients, the courts and the National Crime Agency… Read More
16th August 2019
A fraud helpline is misleading victims by suggesting their cases will be investigated even though most are dismissed out of hand, it was reported last night. An undercover probe found that managers at Action Fraud mocked victims as ‘morons’, ‘screwballs’ and ‘psychos’, while staff are trained to trick callers into… Read More
15th August 2019
More than £100m suspected to have been imported to the UK from bribery and corruption overseas has been frozen following a court order obtained by the National Crime Agency. Westminster magistrates’ court granted account freezing orders covering eight bank accounts holding in excess of £100m which is “suspected to have… Read More
15th August 2019
UK banks are significantly behind schedule in moving staff to the European Union ahead of Brexit and risk being caught off guard if Britain leaves without a deal, the European Central Bank said on Wednesday. Many London-based banks are having to expand their EU operations to continue doing business in… Read More
15th August 2019
Barclays (BARC.L) is no longer providing banking services to major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, ending a relationship that started in March last year as the exchange expanded in Europe. The rare deal between the San Francisco-based exchange and the British bank made… Read More
14th August 2019
The British territory of Gibraltar will not yet release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean despite an Iranian report that it could do so on Tuesday, an official Gibraltar source said. The commandeering of the Grace 1 on July 4 exacerbated frictions between Tehran and… Read More
14th August 2019
Kazakh mining company Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. asked a British court to stall the U.K.’s pursuit of corruption charges following a six-year bribery investigation. ENRC, once listed on the FTSE 100 Index, asked London’s High Court in a filing this month to force the Serious Fraud Office to withhold… Read More
13th August 2019
One of the UK’s biggest consultancies has ousted the head of its financial services consulting division, following a probe into alleged misconduct. A spokesperson for KPMG confirmed that Tim Howarth had left the company. “We hold all of our people to a very high standard and take swift and appropriate… Read More
12th August 2019
The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has added fraud charges to its case against three former Barclays executives accused of directing hundreds of millions of pounds to Qatar in return for financing from the Gulf state, according to the Financial Times and Bloomberg. The new charges target Roger… Read More