HM Treasury Minister John Glen, commenting on the recently published Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) evaluation of the UK’s anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorist financing (CTF) systems, said: “The report recognises that the UK’s AML/CTF regime is the strongest of the over sixty countries assessed by FATF and its regional bodies.”

However, within a few days of the report’s publication, FATF’s conclusions have attracted criticism, such as that raised by the Bond Group, and raised some important questions, rather than answered them.

Are the points justified?

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The Royal Court in Jersey has ruled that a trust for a convicted fraudster should be allowed to open a bank account on the Isle, despite being denied banking services in other jurisdictions. The case put before the Jersey court is linked to another infamous scam, unrelated to the trust… Read More
In an extract from her new book, senior US lawyer Elise J. Bean hits on some pretty hot issues concerning money laundering, just one aspect of her rich and entertaining story. Duffle bags of cash. Corrupt dictators and their money-grubbing relatives. Sleazy offshore banks. Shell companies. Drug… Read More
If it seems like an odd recipe for financial oversight, it’s also a surprisingly effective one: take five to ten congressional staffers, exile them to a squalid basement office with “hard-boiled” charm in the U.S. Senate’s oldest building, give them access to subpoena powers and a seemingly endless series of… Read More

Anti-money laundering (AML) expert Denis O’Connor looks at some of the main points raised at an EU Parliament hearing by Danske Bank whistelblower Howard Wilkinson, and recommends AML and compliance professionals take note of the issues discussed. The €200 billion Danske Bank money laundering scandal is considered to be the biggest laundering scandal in banking history.

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A longtime favorite vehicle for money launderers, real estate as a means of hiding illicit proceeds has gained the renewed attention of regulators and legislators throughout the world. Real estate was an $8.5 trillion market in 2017, which warrants regulatory scrutiny and enhanced transparency for an industry exposed to the… Read More
Helena Wood Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, UK The British government claims to be focussing on its ability to seize the proceeds of organised crime, but the response remains piecemeal, underfunded and poorly coordinated As a seasoned follower of the UK’s progress (or lack thereof) in… Read More

The British government claims to be focussing on its ability to seize the proceeds of organised crime, but the response remains piecemeal, underfunded and poorly coordinated

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A tale of drug money laundering spanning from the crowded streets of Casablanca to the pristine shores of Lac Leman, Geneva, has finally come to its conclusion in the courts in Paris – and an epilogue yet to play out in French prison. The story begins almost a decade earlier… Read More