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The Abacha Case: How AML Procedures Should Have Flagged $267m Earlier

The news this week that the Bailiwick of Jersey has recovered more than $267 million linked to former Nigerian President Sani Abacha puts a spotlight on the banking sector’s vulnerability to money laundering. The funds, which were purportedly derived from corruption, had first been laundered through the US banking… Read More

COMMENTARY: Canada’s creep up corruption list a cause for concern for regulators, business

By Helen Chan, Reuters Graft scandals, and the political, economic and legal fallout associated with them, have become public enemy number one. Efforts to fight corruption and punish corrupt individuals and businesses are at the top of the agenda for many regulators and government around the world. Mere association with… Read More

Iran nuclear deal is hanging by a thread – so will Islamic Republic now develop a bomb?

By Annie Waqar, University of Westminster The most ambitious effort to peacefully constrain the nuclear aspirations of a nation hangs by a thread. Eight years of patient and difficult negotiations to reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme were cast aside when president Donald Trump withdrew US support… Read More
Earlier this month, the UK government submitted its response to the latest House of Commons Treasury Select Committee (TSC) report on economic crime, agreeing in many cases to advance parliamentarian recommendations and, in one instance, pushing back on a key proposal. Taken as a whole, the response outlines a… Read More
It’s been 30 years since the Sommet de l’Arche in Paris established the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to combat money laundering. So where have we come to in Europe and what remains to be done? The last three decades are not without their accomplishments. Money laundering has been criminalised… Read More
By Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro Millions of cryptocurrency investors have been scammed out of massive sums of real money. In 2018, losses from cryptocurrency-related crimes amounted to US$1.7 billion. The criminals use both old-fashioned and new-technology tactics to swindle their marks in… Read More
By Iwa Salami, University of East London The 21st-century revolutionaries who have dominated cryptocurrencies are having to move over. Mainstream financial institutions are adopting these assets and the blockchain technology that enables them, in what is perhaps the most profound development since the birth of cryptocurrencies through… Read More
By Reza Tajaddini, Swinburne University of Technology and Hassan F. Gholipour, Swinburne University of Technology There is disquiet about the French owners of the luxury brands Luis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Givenchy and Gucci giving a whopping €300 million to the rebuilding of Notre Dame Cathedral. Such… Read More
For many in the anti-money laundering (AML) compliance sector, cryptocurrencies remain an enigma better avoided than addressed. In some corners, it can sometimes seem like compliance staff have assessed crypto-related products and services wholesale and ended up with the oversimplified conclusion of  ‘cryptocurrencies: bad.’ Yet it’s apparent by now that virtual assets… Read More
KYC360 readers will be aware of the world’s largest money laundering scandal involving the Estonian branch of Danske Bank (“Danske”), which faces allegations that up to €200 billion in criminal proceeds, primarily from Russia, passed through its accounts. Understandably, the bank’s lawyers have their hands full engaging with criminal prosecutors… Read More
Earlier this month, Standard Chartered Bank signed a new deferred prosecution agreement and agreed to pay more than $1 billion in fines and forfeitures. This latest scandal evolved because, while the bank negotiated its earlier admission of guilt for intentionally violating sanctions against Iran and other… Read More
By Nafis Alam, University of Reading The US has unnerved the world oil market by ramping up the pressure in its long-running dispute with Iran. It has announced that, after May 1, it won’t renew the exemptions given to eight countries that enable them to buy Iranian… Read More
Recently, media outlets reported that Russian arms sales increased to USD $15 billion in the past year. Meanwhile, Moscow’s international adventurism and willingness to project military power beyond its borders seems unabated, as evidenced in recent weeks by the arrival of 100 military advisers in Venezuela to support the Maduro… Read More