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A near record year for money laundering: Banks hit with $10 billion in fines

Regulators hit banks with a near record $10 billion worth of fines in a 15 month period through 2019, and the figure is expected to increase in 2020. That’s according to a new report from Fenergo, a European startup that makes software to help financial institutions detect illegal transactions. Read More

Deutsche Bank’s latest compliance failures risk post-Brexit ‘passport’: FT

Bank of England officials have voiced concerns that Deutsche Bank is failing to improve its anti-money laundering (AML) and compliance controls and have warned the German lender that it could lose access to the UK market following Brexit, the Financial Times reported Monday. The bank’s latest compliance troubles come… Read More

Banks Have a Key Weakness in Preparing for Brexit: Their Clients

Germany’s top financial regulator says banks are well prepared for Brexit, until you look at their list of clients. While many details of the U.K.’s future relationship with the European Union remain unclear, global banks have already set up units in the bloc to retain access to those markets. Read More
4th February 2020
Brexit is complete-ish and the United Kingdom has moved into the transition period of its departure from the European Union at the end of the year. Companies with UK sanctions obligations will still be required to follow EU policies through December 31st, and even then, differentiations between OFSI lists… Read More
16th December 2019
The U.K. capital’s financial center cheered Boris Johnson’s emphatic election victory for alleviating the Brexit uncertainty that has hung over the British economy’s key engine for 3½ years. Banks and financial firms have been preparing for a disruptive Brexit, collectively spending billions of pounds to protect themselves, while also… Read More
7th October 2019
The U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union is complicating the bloc’s fight against money laundering in the financial system, according to EU authorities. Firms relocating from Britain could overwhelm the national bodies that supervise anti-money laundering systems, the three EU financial regulators said in a joint report published Friday. Read More
25th September 2019
Whether the U.K. leaves the European Union with no deal or clinches a last-minute agreement in the coming weeks, Brexit has already taken a toll on London’s finance industry. Three years and three prime ministers since the vote, fraught negotiations and political turmoil have sapped confidence in the industry, putting… 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
2nd September 2019
Britain’s banks face a hit of up 25% to their earnings if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, analysts at Citigroup (C.N) said in a research note. The economic slowdown that would result from a no-deal Brexit, as well as the likelihood of lower… 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
31st July 2019
The Brexit deadline is just five weeks away, and new Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the EU are already in a stalemate, as neither wants to budge to meet the other. This could result in a no-deal Brexit, and today Michael Gove is chairing the first daily meeting of the… Read More
26th July 2019
Direct access for Britain’s financial sector to the European Union after Brexit is increasingly under threat as political will for an industry deal fades and the bloc toughens requirements for recognizing other countries’ financial rules. The EU is the City’s biggest customer, with financial services exports worth 26 billion pounds… Read More
24th July 2019
Former foreign minister Boris Johnson was elected leader of Britain’s governing Conservative Party on Tuesday, and will take over as prime minister when Theresa May steps down on Wednesday. With the leadership campaign largely dominated by Brexit, Johnson has set out little in the way of firm policies, but below… Read More