Special Reports

Exclusive KYC360 investigations

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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Special report – EXECUTIVE LAWLESSNESS: MONEY LAUNDERING AND VIGILANTISM IN THE PHILIPPINES

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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SPECIAL REPORT – MEXICO AND THE HUMAN COST OF FINANCIAL CRIME

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.

05 Sep 2016
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Special Report: CALIPHATE CASH CRUNCH: WHAT LOWER OIL PRICES AND SHRINKING TERRITORY MEAN FOR ISLAMIC STATE’S FINANCES

KYC360 investigative reporter Clementine Wallop takes a look at Islamic State’s revenue raising, its recent spending squeeze and what companies can do to protect themselves against an unusually dynamic enemy in this exclusive report.

12 Jun 2016
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SPECIAL REPORT: DISCONTINUANCE OF THE 500 EURO NOTE – GOOD NEWS FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST ORGANISED CRIME AND TERRORISM?

On 4 May 2016, the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to discontinue the production and issuance of the EUR 500 banknote. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, considers whether this decision represents good news for the fight against organised crime and terrorism.

25 May 2016
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Special Report: Sovereign Wealth Funds – Will 1MDB and the Panama Papers lead to greater transparency in the government investment sector?

As scrutiny around governments’ investments increases following the 1MDB saga and the release of the Panama Papers, will SWFs, governments, or national regulators be persuaded of the need for a wide-ranging drive towards greater transparency?