The perfect AML programme: A ten point guide

Does the ‘perfect’ path to anti-money laundering (AML) exist? The quest for the perfect plan can be traced back to criminals causing immeasurable damage for many economies through money laundering. In response, governments are continuously trying to fight back, issuing a raft of rules and penalties for financial institution (FIs)… Read More

Q and A: EU money laundering blacklist explained

The European Commission has published its list of high-risk third countries – dubbed the blacklist – which it says have weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes. It says the list was established after an ‘in-depth’ analysis, and the that the method reflected the ‘stricter’ criteria of the Fifth Anti-Money… Read More

Compliance hot spots for third-party transactions and corporate remittances

In recent years, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been looking to become more stringent regarding compliance, alongside its aims to encourage the establishment of an open economy to facilitate foreign investment. However, there are some challenges regarding foreign investment and compliance. One issue is the complexity to detect the… Read More
The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) recently removed three companies from its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List, where they had been each designated under two Executive Orders as part of OFAC’s Ukraine-/Russia-related program. The delisting process for these firms, which was elongated due to the Congressional oversight mandated… Read More

The European Commission has published the findings of its investigation into EU members’ citizenship and residency schemes.

The probe revealed financial crime risks, such as money laundering and tax evasion, associated with the programmes.

Here’s an outline of some of the facts and issues pertaining to the schemes and the study, or a Q and A, sourced from the European Commission which can be downloaded here.

Anti-money laundering author Ehi Eric Esoimeme devles into the issues surrounding pension fraud in Nigeria. Of interest is a revised approach to the processing of death benefits in one of Africa’s most populous states. Will the new measures prove effective, or can more be done?… Read More
Someone asked me how I won an internal award or recognition for my compliance work at the bank where I worked, and I am pleased to share my little adventure. My tale goes back to when I arrived at the glossy reception area of a smart block of offices. It… Read More
After a tumultuous 2018, which saw some eye-watering penalties, the rollout of new privacy laws and Europe’s ‘biggest banking scandal,’ anti-money laundering compliance officers may be ready for a fresh start. But regulatory expectations, the promise of fintech solutions and money laundering issues linked to ongoing political corruption scandals, are set to loom large for… Read More
By Robert Mazur Testimony in the ongoing New York federal trial of “El Chapo” Guzman offered a repeat of facts heard in hundreds of similar trials since the prosecution of Al Capone. Despite that blaring reminder, governments, including the one now prosecuting El Chapo, appear to turn a deaf… Read More
Have you ever worked with a ‘spoilt rotten’ star trader before, watched him feted by bosses and get his or her own way – yes, even with compliance matters! What ever becomes of such an individual? A London-based compliance officer looks back, aghast, at the time he worked with… Read More
A key element in the application of the risk-based approach (RBA) to financial crime is the identification by a firm of those countries with which its customers are closely linked and which are also adjudged to be high risk in financial crime terms. There are many lists of such high-risk… Read More
The European Union has enforced new rules designed to further combat tax avoidance across the bloc, effective from 1 January 2019. Under the Anti-Tax Abuse Directive (ATAD), authorities will tax profits moved to low-tax countries where the company does not have any genuine economic activity, and member states will also… Read More