AML


Bank

FinCEN, OCC offer BSA compliance relief amid pandemic

2020-04-07T15:48:00+01:00By

Two federal agencies that oversee Bank Secrecy Act requirements have notified financial institutions they will agree to “reasonable delays” in the filing of required reports if institutions can show the delays are necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Money laundering

Study: Europe blows U.S. away in financial crime spending

2020-04-07T14:44:00+01:00By

A new report found financial institutions spent $181 billion on financial crime compliance worldwide last year, with European firms spending three to four times more than their counterparts in North America.

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Swedish regulator delays SEB money laundering probe

2020-03-26T20:28:00+00:00By

Sweden’s financial regulator announced it will wait until June to conclude its money laundering investigation into Scandinavian Enskilda Banken AB (SEB) due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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DOJ indicts Venezuela President Maduro, others in regime

2020-03-26T18:28:00+00:00By

The DOJ unsealed indictments against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and several high-ranking former and current members of his regime for alleged drug trafficking and money laundering crimes, as well as violations of the FCPA.

Swedbank

Swedbank cuts ex-CEO’s severance following AML probe

2020-03-23T16:22:00+00:00By

Swedbank has canceled the severance pay of its former CEO and accepted a record fine of 4 billion Swedish Krona (U.S. $390 million) in the wake of the findings of an independent investigation into its anti-money laundering deficiencies.

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U.K. AML report: Data analysis of risks lacking

2020-03-20T16:57:00+00:00By

Implementation of risk-based processes and the data analysis that sits behind them are among the biggest weaknesses laid out in a review of AML efforts in the accounting and legal sectors conducted by the U.K.’s financial watchdog.

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Swedish regulator fines Swedbank record $390M for AML deficiencies

2020-03-20T15:07:00+00:00By

Swedbank AB has been issued a record 4 billion Swedish Krona (U.S. $390 million) administrative fine for what Sweden’s financial watchdog called “serious deficiencies in its management of the risk of money laundering in its Baltic operations.”

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Webcast: Can KYC compliance and customer experience coexist?

2020-03-19T14:10:00+00:00Provided by

Remaining competitive in the modern financial world requires staying ahead of increasingly sophisticated financial crimes and fluid regulations across multiple jurisdictions.

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Swedbank announces new risk chief as probe nears end

2020-03-17T16:31:00+00:00By

Swedbank announced the appointment of Rolf Marquardt as chief risk officer just over a week prior to the expected announcement of the findings of a probe into its AML shortcomings conducted by law firm Clifford Chance.

Jail

Ex-Alstom exec gets 15 months in prison on money-laundering charges

2020-03-09T16:35:00+00:00By

Lawrence Hoskins, a former executive of French power and transportation company Alstom, was sentenced to one year and three months in prison for his role in a money-laundering scheme that prosecutors say was designed to promote violations of the FCPA.

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Former U.S. Bank risk officer pays $450K for AML compliance failures

2020-03-04T19:44:00+00:00By

The former chief operational risk officer at U.S. Bank has agreed to pay a $450,000 penalty for his role in the bank failing to implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering compliance program.

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Fictitious soccer players at center of money laundering scheme

2020-02-25T17:31:00+00:00By

Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, announced it has uncovered more than €10 million (U.S. $11 million) from fictitious soccer player transfers in a money laundering and tax evasion scheme.

Money laundering

Compliance lessons from Julius Baer’s ‘serious AML failings’

2020-02-21T15:52:00+00:00By

Compliance officers can learn a lot from the anti-money laundering compliance shortcomings at Julius Baer Group, as well as from what the bank is now doing to enhance its risk management and AML compliance controls.

KYC

Understanding the why in CDD

2020-02-13T20:05:00+00:00By Jake Plenderleith, International Compliance Association

Compliance practitioners might know how to undertake customer due diligence, but may never ask themselves why and might have limited knowledge of other anti-money laundering areas.

Fines

Study: Post-financial crisis fines against financial institutions hit $36B

2020-02-11T19:39:00+00:00By

Global fines and penalties against financial institutions hit $36 billion last year, as ramifications from the financial crisis continue to reverberate throughout the financial services industry, according to a new report.

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Experts weigh in on Brexit consequences for GDPR, AML, more

2020-02-10T18:40:00+00:00By

The wheels to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union are finally in motion, but the hard work still remains as to what kind of future trading relationship the country has with the single market.

Money

Effective AML training: Four questions to answer

2020-01-30T18:45:00+00:00By Simone Jones, International Compliance Association

There are a multitude of factors that need to be established when determining training requirements. What is clear is that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

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Top ethics and compliance failures of 2019

2019-12-27T17:13:00+00:00By

From antitrust and privacy concerns in the tech world to compliance officer liability in the pharmaceutical industry to unethical practices in the banking and accounting professions, more than a dozen companies made Compliance Week’s list of the biggest compliance fails in 2019.

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SEC bars former Goldman Sachs director over 1MDB scandal

2019-12-17T15:50:00+00:00By

Former Goldman Sachs Group executive Tim Leissner has settled charges brought by the SEC for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. His settlement includes a permanent bar from the securities industry.

Money laundering

Skills crucial to combating terrorist financing

2019-12-16T19:28:00+00:00By Jon Prentice, International Compliance Association

The pernicious strength of terrorism is its element of surprise: Just when you think it’s disappeared, it rears its ugly head. A proven and effective method of preventing it is disrupting the financial networks used to fund it.

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Swedbank announces governance overhaul, launches culture probe

2019-12-10T18:18:00+00:00By

Swedbank CEO Jens Henriksson announced the financial institution is making some major organizational changes “to create simpler and clearer decision-making structures to facilitate the realization of the bank’s strategy.”

Westpac

Westpac accused of 23M violations of Australian AML rules

2019-11-21T18:54:00+00:00By

Australia’s financial crime regulator has accused Westpac Banking of committing over 23 million breaches of the country’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing rules.

Kroll, Coinfirm partner on crypto compliance

2019-11-14T21:34:00+00:00By GRC Announcements

Kroll, a division of global advisor Duff & Phelps, announced it now offers crypto compliance and investigations solutions through a collaboration with blockchain analytics firm Coinfirm.

Alstom

Alstom exec convicted of FCPA, money-laundering charges

2019-11-11T20:57:00+00:00By

A former Alstom executive was found guilty by a federal jury for his role in a multi-year, multi-million-dollar foreign bribery scheme and related money-laundering scheme in Indonesia.

Money

DOJ recovers $700M in 1MDB scandal

2019-10-31T18:28:00+00:00By

Jho Low, a Malaysian businessman-turned-fugitive, has agreed to forfeit more than $700 million worth of assets that he and his family allegedly misappropriated from Malaysian’s sovereign-wealth fund, 1MDB.

Gold

EY accused in U.K. gold-laundering scheme

2019-10-29T17:41:00+00:00By

Big Four audit firm EY has been accused of covering up evidence of smuggling by an organized crime gang that was laundering British drug money through gold dealings, according to an investigation by the BBC.

Capitol

Bill to expose shell companies passes House vote

2019-10-23T16:16:00+01:00By

A proposed bill to crack down on anonymous shell companies passed a House of Representatives vote Tuesday and will progress to the Senate.

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Singapore regulator: Technology creates both challenges, opportunities

2019-10-16T13:22:00+01:00By Compliance Week

The evolution of technology is enabling myriad capabilities for regulatory and financial crime compliance, but it is also presenting complex financial crime risks, according to a representative from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) at the International Compliance Association’s second Asia Pacific (APAC) conference this week in Singapore.

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Bill requiring shell companies to disclose ownership introduced in Senate

2019-10-02T19:08:00+01:00By

Aimed at fighting money laundering, newly proposed legislation looks to mandate full transparency from shell companies on ownership and also fosters greater communication between financial institutions and law enforcement agencies.

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Embattled Swedbank names permanent CCO

2019-09-19T13:52:00+01:00By

Faced with numerous AML investigations, Swedbank made several significant moves this week, including naming a permanent CCO and agreeing to waive attorney-client privilege by handing over an internal report to local prosecutors.

Blockchain

FINMA publishes AML guidance on blockchain

2019-09-03T15:24:00+01:00By

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority has published new guidance on how it applies AML rules to the financial services providers it supervises in the area of blockchain technology.

Money laundering

New FinCEN unit to focus on money laundering threats

2019-08-29T15:05:00+01:00By

FinCEN announced the launch of its newly created Global Investigations Division, with responsibility for targeting terrorist financing and money laundering threats, both domestically and internationally.

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Embattled Danske hires HSBC compliance head

2019-07-10T14:52:00+01:00By

Danske Bank, embroiled in a substantial money laundering scandal, has added to its compliance team with the appointment of Simon Kingsbury as head of surveillance & investigation.

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Yet another misstep by Danske results in firing of interim Danish CEO

2019-06-27T14:06:00+01:00By

Danske Bank has been forced to fire yet another board member—this time for mis-selling thousands of customers a wealth management product that charged excessive fees.

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Public register pros trump cons

2019-06-26T21:02:00+01:00By Matthew Stephenson

Harvard Law School’s Eli Goldston Professor of Law Matthew Stephenson discusses the benefits of public registers.

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No proof in public register value

2019-06-26T21:00:00+01:00By Geoff Cook

Consultant and independent director Geoff Cook offers evidence on why public registers are still lacking.

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U.K. tax havens promise greater transparency on company ownership

2019-06-21T17:14:00+01:00By

Starting in 2021, Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man will make records of company ownership public, which should please members of parliament who have argued that not doing so has made them vulnerable to financial crime.

Nordea

Nordea raided over ML probe in Denmark

2019-06-21T16:46:00+01:00By

Scandinavian banking giant Nordea revealed its Copenhagen office was raided by Danish police as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged money laundering.

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White paper: Global AML Screening: Leveraging Technology to Combat False Positives

2019-06-13T17:52:00+01:00Provided by

Organizations across regulated industries are obligated to screen transactions and customers against sanctions lists in order to avoid transacting with sanctioned countries, individuals and entities.

​Refinitiv, Napier partner to combat AML

2019-06-13T17:07:00+01:00By GRC Announcements

Refinitiv has partnered with AML software provider Napier to offer a transaction monitoring solution designed to tackle emerging threats in financial crime.

Treasury

Bill demands ownership reveals for shell companies

2019-06-11T15:08:00+01:00By

The newly proposed ILLICIT CASH Act would, for the first time, require shell companies to disclose their true owners to the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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White paper: US in Focus: AML/KYC & Sanctions Fines 2008-2018

2019-06-05T16:29:00+01:00Provided by

Over the past ten years, US regulators have increasingly prioritized the importance of strict AML law enforcement to effectively deter money laundering and terrorist financing activity, with over $24bn in AML, KYC and sanctions penalties levied.

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Nordic and Baltic regulators join to combat money laundering

2019-05-28T14:54:00+01:00By

Regulators in eight Nordic and Baltic countries are developing a joint effort to exchange information with regard to fighting money laundering.

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FinCEN to financial institutions: Beware of Venezuelan money laundering

2019-05-20T11:23:00+01:00By

FinCEN recently alerted financial institutions of continued widespread public corruption in Venezuela and the methods Venezuelan senior political figures and their associates may use to move and hide proceeds of their corruption.