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FATF sets out procedures for Mutual Evaluations, Follow-Up and ICRG

Mutual evaluations based on the 2023 Methodology will be a six-year cycle. The shorter cycle, greater scrutiny and strong follow-up mechanisms will ensure that governments stay focused on taking effective action to detect, prevent and punish money laundering, terrorist financing and the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

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Basel Institute and Europol make recommendations on preventing and combating the criminal use of cryptocurrencies

These recommendations follow the 7th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies on 26–27 October 2023. The five recommendations highlight the need for accelerated action in order to combat the use of crypto assets, as well the allocation of more resources, better training and better collaboration…

Basel Institute issues a consultation on Guidelines for counterparty credit risk management

The proposed guidelines include the need to: (i) conduct comprehensive due diligence at both initial onboarding, as well as on an ongoing basis; (ii) develop a comprehensive credit risk mitigation strategy to effectively manage counterparty exposures; (iii) measure, control and limit CCR using a wide variety of complementary metrics; and (iv) build a strong CCR governance framework…

FinScan launches a webinar on ‘Staying on Top of the Sanctioned Securities Challenge’

In this webinar our panel of experts navigates the tumultuous terrain of geopolitical developments and the technological capabilities required to support…

Ankura delves into the Financial Crime Risk Assessment: The Foundations for an effective financial crime program

The key steps include: Identifying and Categorising Risks, involves outlining the types of financial crimes that could impact the organization, considering factors like industry sector, customer profiles, and transaction types, inherent Risk Evaluation and Scoring: Organisations assess the likelihood and potential impact of identified risks, often using scoring systems to prioritise areas of concern…

FATF Ministers meet for their Bi-Annual meeting and commit to stepping up efforts to fight money laundering and TF/PF

The Ministerial Declaration noted that further efforts were required on supervision and preventive measures, beneficial ownership transparency, investigating and prosecuting money laundering, and confiscating the proceeds of crime. Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to support jurisdictions to implement the tools…

OECD publishes ‘Tax Inspectors without Borders 2024 Annual report’

Beyond details about TIWB work on international audit, criminal tax investigations, and effective use of automatically exchanged information, the annual report describes the continuing expansion of TIWB technical assistance to tax administrations tackling frontier issues, including practical implementation and effective use of country-by- country reporting data, conducting audits of VAT on digital trade and facilitating the implementation of the global minimum tax.

Wolfsberg Group responds to the FATF public consultation on R.16 covering payments transparency and its Interpretative Note

The explanatory memorandum contains eighteen questions for consultation on various subjects including: Additional transparency requirements on exemption for purchase of goods and services using cards. Removal of the withdrawal or purchase of cash or a cash equivalent from R.16 exemption, subject to certain conditions. Improving the content and quality of basic originator and beneficiary information in payment messages…

INTERPOL network renews commitment to protecting victims from global crime threats

To address the increasing logistical, operational and technological sophistication of transnational organized crime, INTERPOL’s Heads of NCB conference has ended with delegates approving a series of conclusions to boost the law enforcement response…

UNODC launches new action to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling

The involvement of organized crime and the rapid evolution of digital technologies have exacerbated the situation. Online technologies are regularly abused to exploit trafficking victims or advertise migrant smuggling services. Financial crises, armed conflicts and forced displacement, catalyzed by the pandemic…

New report from PWC reveals that some financial firms consider AML regulations to be unhelpful

The ‘AML Survey 2024: Spotlight on Effectiveness’ revealed that only 53% of EMEA financial firms believe that current AML regulations are helpful to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. Over a third of respondents cited an increase in regulatory pressures as their most challenging issue and just over half stated they will spend more than 10% of their AML budget on technology in the next 2 years.