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21 Feb 2017
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Special Report – the UK: the most corrupt place on earth?

Campaigners have frequently branded the UK a world money-laundering hotspot, citing the ‘terrifying’ scale of money laundering through the City of London. Is this fair? What is the UK doing to remedy the problem? Richard Nicholl investigates.

08 Feb 2017
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Special report – Joint accounts: recreational marijuana and the U.S. banking system

Policymakers have given themselves the year to legislate around the legal complexities that have plagued both the marijuana industry and law enforcement in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska and DC. With a change in law at Federal level still looking unlikely, they have some serious difficulties to resolve when it comes to those $7 billion of cannabis cash.

04 Jan 2017
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From 2000 to 2005 the Philippines was ‘blacklisted’ as a ‘non-cooperative’ country and subjected to significant sanctions by the Financial Action Task Force for its failure to tackle endemic problems with transparency and traceability in its financial system.

09 Dec 2016
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Special Report – Treasure Island or Banana Republic? Mauritius faces tough choices about legitimacy and development

In an exclusive report for KYC360, investigative journalist Lucy Wark reflects on Mauritius’ progress in establishing itself as a legitimate financial centre and considers the challenges it faces going forwards.

28 Oct 2016
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KYC360 investigative reporter Clementine Wallop examines the unusual case of Zapata vs HSBC Holdings PLC. Families of several US citizens killed by Mexican drug cartels are suing HSBC under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which creates civil liability for supporters of terrorism, for the bank’s role in laundering billions of dollars of drug money.

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    Last year Russia’s oligarchs saw their collective wealth grow to an impressive $460 billion and the number of billionaires in their ranks rise from 77 to 96. This occurred despite the fact that several of these individuals, amongst them another Novatek stakeholder Gennady Timchenko and Stroygazmontazh owner Arkady Rotenberg, have been subjected to US and European sanctions since the Crimean referendum in March 2014.

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