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FATF publishes assessment of UK anti-money laundering, counter terror financing systems

A global anti-money laundering (AML) watchdog has found that the United Kingdom has a ‘robust understanding’ of laundering and terrorism financing threats, but warned it faces significant risks of dirty cash inflows from offshore jurisdictions and foreign criminals. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Britain’s ‘strong’ public-private partnerships are… Read More

Council of EU adopts money laundering action plan

The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on an action plan aimed at improving the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing, amid a rise in the number of European banks mired in financial crime scandals. The plan comprises non-legislative actions designed to address a number of issues,… Read More

UK watchdog cautions banks over hasty Brexit moves

International banks in Britain should resist pressure from European Union regulators to shift their non-EU business to new hubs in the bloc because of Brexit, Britain’s markets watchdog said on Monday. Around 30 lenders in Britain have applied to the European Central Bank for a license to open or expand… Read More
7th December 2018
A global anti-money laundering (AML) watchdog has found that the United Kingdom has a ‘robust understanding’ of laundering and terrorism financing threats, but warned it faces significant risks of dirty cash inflows from offshore jurisdictions and foreign criminals. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Britain’s ‘strong’ public-private partnerships are… Read More
7th December 2018
Britain will suspend its top tier investor visas, which require 2 million pounds ($2.55 million) in investment, as part of a drive to crack down on organised crime and money laundering. From Russian oligarchs and Middle Eastern oil barons to newly-minted Chinese entrepreneurs, the wealthy have flocked to London over… Read More
7th December 2018
AP — Cuba’s government has modified a series of measures unpopular with the country’s private sector, including lifting restrictions on the number of business permits a person can have and the number of chairs there can be in restaurants, a top official said Wednesday. In July,… Read More
6th December 2018
Iran’s parliament approved a tweaked draft law against funding terrorism on Wednesday which officials hope will bring Tehran closer to global standards and help remove it from investment blacklists as it faces renewed U.S. sanctions. The official news agency IRNA said lawmakers had included amendments requested by a powerful clerical… Read More
6th December 2018
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… Read More
5th December 2018
The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on an action plan aimed at improving the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing, amid a rise in the number of European banks mired in financial crime scandals. The plan comprises non-legislative actions designed to address a number of issues,… Read More
5th December 2018
The United States is pressing the European Union to consider economic sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, warning of a wider regional conflict if Tehran’s ambitions remain unchecked. Iran’s test of a ballistic missile this month alarmed the West and France called… Read More
5th December 2018
Sweden is likely to become cashless within the next five years, the deputy governor of the country’s central bank, Cecilia Skingsley, predicted on Tuesday. The use of notes and coins has been declining in Sweden for years and instant mobile phone payments and other new technologies means it is has… Read More
4th December 2018
A key element in the application of the risk-based approach (RBA) to financial crime is the identification by a firm of those countries with which its customers are closely linked and which are also adjudged to be high risk in financial crime terms. There are many lists of such high-risk… Read More
4th December 2018
International banks in Britain should resist pressure from European Union regulators to shift their non-EU business to new hubs in the bloc because of Brexit, Britain’s markets watchdog said on Monday. Around 30 lenders in Britain have applied to the European Central Bank for a license to open or expand… Read More
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FATF publishes assessment of UK anti-money laundering, counter terror financing systems

A global anti-money laundering (AML) watchdog has found that the United Kingdom has a ‘robust understanding’ of laundering and terrorism financing threats, but warned it faces significant risks of dirty cash inflows from offshore jurisdictions and foreign criminals. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Britain’s ‘strong’ public-private partnerships are… Read More

Deutsche Bank hit by new laundering report; shares slide again

Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) defended its record in fighting money laundering on Thursday after the Financial Times reported it had processed 31 billion euros ($35 billion) more in questionable funds for Danske Bank (DANSKE.CO) than previously thought. A Deutsche Bank spokesman declined to comment on the FT article. He said, however,… Read More