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Interpol arrested 3,500 people and seized $300m in a huge international online financial crime operation

Interpol’s six-month operation entitled HEACHI IV (July-December 2023) targeted online scams of many types leading to 3,500 people arrested and $300m seized across 34 countries for money laundering, bribery and other offences…

IOSCO publishes decentralised finance (DeFi) policy recommendations including 9 policy recommendations

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) released a comprehensive report offering policy recommendations aimed at tackling market integrity and investor protection concerns within the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector…

FATF updates consolidated processes and procedures for mutual evaluations and follow-up universal procedures

The assessments of countries’ effective implementation of the 2012 FATF Recommendations are conducted in accordance with the 2013 Assessment Methodology.

Wolfsberg Group-IIF publish joint response to the FATF’s public consultation on its Risk-Based Guidance on Recommendation 25

FATF’s consultation relates to Beneficial Ownership and Transparency of Legal Arrangements (Recommendation 25).

INTERPOL Secretary General welcomes G7 commitments on transnational organised crime

The G7 remains dedicated to combating transnational organized crime, recognizing it as a global crisis eroding the foundations of the rule of law, communities, and businesses worldwide…

AML regulations in the art market compared across the UK, US and EU

This edition provides a needed and focused overview of laws on AML due diligence obligations, beneficial ownership registration, and the civil and criminal sanctions that can flow from violations in each covered jurisdiction…

OECD publishes Pilot Inter-Agency Trust Maturity Model and Trust Perception Survey

The Inter-Agency Trust Maturity Model is a tool for jurisdictions to self-assess the level of maturity of their practices and processes for achieving and maintaining inter-agency trust, and the Inter-Agency Trust Perception Survey is to help tax/financial crime authorities to foster and develop trusting relationships.

FATF publishes report on the misuse of Citizenship and Residency by Investment (CBI) programmes

It highlights how CBI programmes can allow criminals more global mobility and help them hide behind shell companies in other jurisdictions. In addition, it highlights the vulnerabilities of these programmes, including the frequent use of intermediaries, involvement of multiple government agencies…

FATF issues report on recovering the international proceeds of crime through inter-agency networks

The report underscores the importance of robust data collection and reporting to demonstrate the invaluable role of ARINs in the global fight against financial crime. It equips policymakers with a deeper understanding of the role of ARINs and identifies areas with…

UN tax body to go ahead after EU, US and UK fail to defeat it

The international community will move forward with plans to establish a UN convention to set global rules on tax and illicit financial flows after a campaign led by the EU, United States and UK failed to kill off the plan…

FATF amends Rec. 8 – the imperative for an effective risk based approach for the NPO’s

The amendments require countries to periodically identify NPOs falling within the FATF definition and assess the terrorism financing risks they face, focusing on those with a “high risk” of abuse. NPOs play a crucial role globally and contribute to economies and social systems…

FATF updates best practices on combating the abuse of NPOs

Rec. 8 does not apply to the entire not-for-profit sector, but only to the sub-set that falls within the FATF definition of an NPO.  Countries should identify organisations that fall within that definition, assess their risks of abuse for terrorist financing…