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FCA takes further action against unregistered crypto ATMs

The FCA has used its powers to inspect several sites in East London suspected of hosting illegally operating crypto ATMs, as it continues its crackdown on the illicit sector. The FCA is working with the NECC to plan and coordinate action with law enforcement partners...
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FATF Guidance on beneficial ownership of legal persons

The guidance will help countries identify, design and implement appropriate measures in line with the revised Recommendation 24 to ensure that beneficial ownership information is held by a public authority or body functioning as a beneficial ownership registry...
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NCA issues Guidance on submitting better SARs

When submitting a SAR to the NCA reporters must refer to the published guidance from their own regulatory body and their own internal guidance. the reason for suspicion a description of the property concerned (including value where possible) the prohibited act that they wish to carry out.
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EGBA publishes Guidelines on fighting ML/TF for the European online gambling sector

EGBA has published its first pan-European guidelines to support the online gambling sector’s contribution to Europe’s fight against money laundering. The guidelines reflect the latest technologies and laws and build upon EGBA’s commitment to promote...
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FATF calls for EDD on High-Risk Jurisdictions

For all countries identified as high-risk, the FATF calls on all members and urges all jurisdictions to apply enhanced due diligence, and, in the most serious cases, countries are called upon to apply counter-measures to protect the international financial system from ML/TF/PF risks...
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EU agrees 10th package of sanctions against Russia

The package contains new listings plus trade and financial sanctions, including further export bans worth more than €11 billion, depriving the Russian economy of critical tech and industrial goods. It also steps up enforcement and anti-circumvention measures, including a new...

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FATF summarises outcomes of the 22-24 Feb 2023 Plenary 

FATF members took important steps to enhance the transparency of beneficial ownership and prevent criminals from hiding illicit activity behind opaque corporate structures. FATF agreed on revisions to Rec 25 on transparency and beneficial ownership of legal...
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Home Office Fact Sheet on journalistic freedoms under the National Security Bill 

Part 1 of the bill contains the core state threats offences and measures. These are designed to make the UK an even harder place for states to conduct hostile activity in, increase the cost to them of doing so and tackle all aspects of the threat, which has evolved since...
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House of Commons Library research briefing on cryptocurrencies

The briefing examines what cryptocurrencies are, how they work, the benefits and challenges they offer, and how regulators have reacted to them. It covers the definition of cryptocurrencies and cryptoassets; the regulation of cryptoassets and stablecoins...
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Basel Working Paper sheds fresh light on the sanctions and confiscation debate

The paper examines whether states should be able to confiscate sanctioned assets* purely on the basis that they have been sanctioned? The justifiability and legality of mechanisms such as Canada’s is currently the subject of debate. Two key issues include whether the...
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Hong Kong SFC consults on proposals to regulate virtual asset trading platforms

The Consultation Paper on the Proposed Regulatory Requirements for Virtual Asset Trading Platform Operators covers (i) licensing and conduct requirements concerning Platform Operators and (ii) AML/CFT requirements applicable to virtual asset service providers (“VASP”)...
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FINTRAC on proposed changes to the Canadian AML/CFT regime

The proposed amendments to the regulations would prescribe a formula for FINTRAC to assess the expenses it incurs in the administration of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act against reporting entities, impose AML/ATF obligations on mortgage lending entities...
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