16th April 2019
A UniCredit Group affiliate bank will plead guilty to US federal and state criminal violations and pay $1.3 billion to regulatory and prosecutorial agencies to resolve breaches of sanctions against Iran and other nations, officials disclosed. Under terms of a non-prosecution agreement with the US Justice Department, the group’s German… Read More
16th April 2019
The United Kingdom is seeking input on its planned implementation of the European Union’s fifth anti-money laundering directive (5AMLD) as the government continues to negotiate an exit from the economic bloc. In a consultation paper published Monday, HM Treasury said it would seek stakeholder commentary on the directive through… Read More
11th April 2019
The New York State Department of Financial Services rejected the application of a crypto-currency exchange on Wednesday, citing the company’s “non-existent” policies and procedures to prevent criminal exploitation of its services. In a letter to Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara, the department said it had coordinated with the firm on… Read More
11th April 2019
Unacceptable clients remain in the Estonian banking system despite tougher regulation, the country’s financial watchdog said on Wednesday, adding that some lenders will be placed under detailed monitoring. The move by Estonia’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) follows a special review of the country’s 16 banks, instigated after 200 billion euros… Read More
10th April 2019
Swedish bank SEB’s fund management arm has cut its stake in rival Swedbank by just over half, citing risks Sweden’s biggest mortgage lender faces due to its alleged involvement in a fast-growing Baltic money laundering scandal. Swedbank has come under heavy criticism from politicians, investors and the general public over… Read More
9th April 2019
The Financial Action Task Force is expected this month to lengthen the terms of its presidential and vice-presidential tenures and consider revisions to its mandate, the organization said in a report Monday. The Paris-based intergovernmental group, known as FATF, is set to approve a proposed “enhancement” of its rotating presidencies… Read More
8th April 2019
Swedbank Chairman Lars Idermark has quit only a week after the lender’s chief executive was ousted over her handling of a money laundering scandal, saying the controversy threatened to distract from his role as head of forestry group Sodra. The bank, Sweden’s biggest mortgage lender, had fired its CEO Birgitte… Read More
5th April 2019
The Financial Conduct Authority will not shy away from criminally prosecuting individuals responsible for egregious anti-money laundering failures, the head of enforcement at the agency said Thursday. The supervisory authority, known as the FCA, currently has a “large number of investigations” on its docket, some of which are entering significant… Read More
4th April 2019
AP — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sat in the dock Wednesday at the start of his corruption trial, with the chief prosecutor alleging he wielded “near absolute power” for nearly a decade during which he stands accused of pilfering millions of dollars from the 1MDB state investment fund. Read More
4th April 2019
The largest ever money laundering scandal in Europe is rippling through the region’s banks. It began in the Baltics and has engulfed several Nordic lenders, notably Denmark’s Danske and Sweden’s Swedbank, who had large Baltic operations. Here are some facts about Europe’s problems. HOW DID THE CURRENT SCANDAL EMERGE? The… Read More