Bermuda: Beneficial ownership register to go public

Bermuda’s companies beneficial ownership register is to go public. The island has kept records of the owners of companies for about 70 years, with the information only available to government authorities. The Government said it would pass legislation making the register accessible to the public in 2022. A government spokeswoman… Read More

These Are the Deutsche Bank Executives Responsible for Serving Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein, the sex criminal and financier, didn’t act alone. Now we know in vivid detail who some of his financial enablers were: executives and bankers at Deutsche Bank. Last week the New York Department of Financial Services laid bare at least some of the financial underpinnings of… Read More

Germany formally proposes first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions over Russia hacking

The German government has officially proposed that the European Union impose sanctions on Russian individuals responsible for a large-scale hacking of the Bundestag five years ago, the German Press Agency reported Sunday. If agreed, the plan, which was recommended by Berlin last month, would be the first use of an… Read More
14th July 2020
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is conducting an assessment of the exposure of domestic banks and other stakeholders of the financial sector to money laundering and its related offenses, terrorism and terrorist financing. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said the regulator is conducting the third anti-money laundering and combating… Read More
30th June 2020
Ernst & Young GmbH, auditor to insolvent German fintech company Wirecard AG, had questions related to unorthodox arrangements under which the company’s cash was held in bank accounts it didn’t control as far back as 2016, according to emails seen by The Wall Street Journal. The auditor subsequently signed… Read More
23rd June 2020
The recent introduction of the so-called ‘Special Deposit Account’ (SDA) may risk Sri Lanka falling back into the ‘grey list’ of the FATF (Financial Action Task Force). The SDA is a no-questions-asked deposit account designed to attract Diaspora funds into the country, and to entice foreign direct investment, as the… Read More
26th May 2020
The value of a prudential standard that demands banks review their risk management framework but does not require the bank or the regulator to act on it has been questioned by a Labor senator. Senator Deborah O’ Neill said confusion over the purpose of CPS 220 Risk Management rendered the… Read More
20th February 2020
Australia’s Westpac Banking Corp said on Wednesday its 2020 profit would be hit by a rise in costs related to improving risk management systems in the wake of a money-laundering scandal and the country’s deadly bushfires. Westpac, which previously expected a 1% increase in costs for the year, said those… Read More
13th December 2019
The Federal Reserve on Thursday lifted consent orders against JPMorgan Chase & Co. and U.S. Bancorp stemming from what the central bank identified as weak anti-money laundering controls. The Fed’s order against JPMorgan, issued in January 2013, directed the bank to strengthen its board oversight of anti-money laundering… Read More
10th December 2019
Swedbank (SWEDa.ST) said on Monday its chief risk officer was leaving as the Swedish bank’s new CEO revamps its structure to regain customer trust after a money laundering scandal sent its shares down 40% in the past year. Helo Meigas will leave the bank along with head of… Read More
9th December 2019
Westpac has not completed a comprehensive external audit of how it manages risk in more than two years, with the last review finding the bank’s systems were only “partially effective”. In a letter to Westpac’s then chief risk officer Alexandra Holcomb in August 2017, audit firm EY said the design… Read More
27th November 2019
New Zealand’s central bank said on Wednesday it was ramping up its scrutiny of banks and insurers ahead of its highly anticipated decision on raising bank capital requirements. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s decision to increase oversight on financial institutions comes after a number of high-profile censures of Australian… Read More
6th September 2019
Ever since the 2008 financial crisis, US financial misconduct fines have led the world.  However, defenders of Europe’s more collegiate approach to tackling banks’ money-laundering shortcomings say US banks also lead the world for de-risking, shunning some of the globe’s poorest countries from access to the dollar system. … Read More