Legal expert and author of ‘Asset Forfeiture Law in the United States’ Stefan Cassella examines a recent case involving a woman in the US who was paid by a drug dealer to be a smurf, transporting and depositing large sums of money into various third party bank accounts. She argued… Read More
HSBC has found itself in political hot water in Nigeria, after President Muhammahdu Buhari launched an extraordinary public attack on the bank. In a recently released statement to Nigerian media, the President’s office accused HSBC of helping to launder over $100 million on behalf of Nigeria’s former President, General Sani… Read More
There’s been a new twist to the rather amusing relationship between the United Kingdom and its former chum the Cayman Islands. In a recent development, British financial police chief Donald Toon expressed frustration with Cayman, saying that his National Crime Agency (NCA) was “asking for information we don’t get”… Read More
It is hard to deny that compliance has a reputation for being a little on the dull side. Regulations, forms, processes, and GDPR are enough to make even the most pernickety person fall asleep. Occasionally, however, particularly when it all goes horribly wrong, the wreckage of a broken compliance regime… Read More
By Raisa Ostapenko From the discovery of an eighth exoplanet circling distant star Kepler-90 to Microsoft’s ambitious new project to map and decode the human immune system, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and especially its subset Machine Learning – a field of Computer Science that gives computers the ability to… Read More
A top EU official overseeing money laundering issues in the bloc has described the multi-billion euro money laundering scandal at Danske Bank as the ‘biggest’ on the continent. Věra Jourova’s Justice and Consumers unit at the European Commission has seen through a number of major laws to tackle money laundering… Read More
Every year some financial institutions around the world continue to open bank accounts which do not fully satisfy regulatory expectations because the identity and verification (ID & V) process they use is very manual in nature. Facial recognition solutions linked with ID verification, on the other hand, help ensure that… Read More
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Group (APG) recently issued a issued a report on financial flows in human trafficking, highlighting the opportunities and challenges of preventing predicate crimes by identifying the perpetrators and victims through their money trails. The report breaks down human… Read More
If your job is looking for needles in a haystack, the last thing you want is a group of people standing by with pitchforks, throwing extra bales onto the pile. Yet that seems to be the situation the UK’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has found itself in when it comes… Read More
By Richard Parlour Topolcany Castle in the Slovak Republic is often acknowledged to be one of the best examples of mediaeval castle architecture anywhere in the world. It was built on the classic three lines of defence model. There is an outer wall, an inner wall, and a keep. Three… Read More