3rd December 2019
Dutch crypto startups are crying foul as regulators in the Netherlands look to implement the European Union’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) ahead of a Jan. 10 deadline. The firms, which include exchanges and software developers, say authorities are subverting the democratic process and trying to right past wrongs that… Read More
3rd December 2019
An indictment submitted to Israel’s parliament on Monday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu names more than 300 prosecution witnesses, including wealthy friends and former aides, in three graft cases against him. By formally sending the indictment to the legislature, after announcing charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud on… Read More
3rd December 2019
A federal jury in Brooklyn found a Lebanese shipbuilding executive not guilty of fraud and money-laundering charges related to $2 billion of debt deals in Mozambique, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Jean Boustani, a salesman for shipbuilder Privinvest Group, was found not guilty on charges of wire… Read More
3rd December 2019
The U.S. Department of Justice has in recent weeks stepped up its investigation into Deutsche Bank’s role in the 200 billion euro ($220 billion) Danske Bank money laundering scandal, four people familiar with the inquiry told Reuters. One source said the DoJ’s new line of inquiry is whether Deutsche (… Read More
2nd December 2019
An international network of financial watchdogs said the Vatican’s handling of confidential information posed “an evident security threat to our organization,” in a statement explaining why it suspended the Vatican from access to its information earlier this month. The Egmont Group, a Toronto-based network of more than 160 national… Read More
2nd December 2019
Officials from the new European Commission will discuss a report by International Monetary Fund researchers that lists Luxembourg as a world-leading tax haven just days after the former leader of the Grand Duchy departs the EU executive’s helm. Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and tax commissioner Paolo Gentiloni will on Monday meet… Read More
2nd December 2019
Andrew Pearse said he negotiated his first bribe while sipping vodka at a hotel in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, in February 2013. His employer, Credit Suisse Group AG, was financing a $370 million coastal security contract between Mozambique and Privinvest Group, a shipbuilder owned by Lebanese billionaire Iskandar… Read More
2nd December 2019
Last week, the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes convened in Paris to discuss international efforts to advance tax transparency. Comprising 158 member jurisdictions, the Global Forum is an OECD initiative that works to address the risks to tax compliance posed by non-cooperative jurisdictions. “Ten… Read More
2nd December 2019
It started with a huge hash bust. Following up on a tip, the RCMP set up a stakeout and pounced when a freight truck left a warehouse on Mitchell Island in Richmond. The haul: six tonnes of hashish (a drug made from the resin of cannabis), wrapped in cellophane and… Read More
2nd December 2019
Not all money laundering scandals are equal. When the world learned that billions in dirty funds had flowed through Danske Bank A/S and Swedbank AB, it proved disastrous for the two lenders. But when SEB AB was accused of similar offenses, people were more forgiving. The difference can be traced… Read More