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RUSI issues paper on Combating Kleptocracy: Lessons from the Response to Russia’s War in Ukraine

This paper explores the state of efforts to combat modern kleptocracy before February 2022 and assesses how the Kremlin’s war has catalysed a range of responses from Western allies. The increased focus on countering kleptocracy following the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has involved the deployment of dedicated sanctions programmes against Russia by Ukraine’s allies. These programmes have triggered a dramatic increase in the rate of designations of individuals…

FINTRAC imposes an administrative monetary penalty of $9,185,000 on Toronto-Dominion Bank, for committing 5 violations related to AML/CTF

The Bankfailed to submit 20 suspicious transaction reports (STRs) out of 178 case files reviewed where there were reasonable grounds to suspect that one or more transactions were related to the commission or attempted commission of a money laundering (ML) or terrorist activity financing (TF) offence. FINTRAC’s 2023 examination continued to reveal gaps in the application of investigative processes in the Canadian FIU of the Bank…

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is now requiring banks and financial institutions to report any significant incident related to ML/TF/PF within 24 hours

Under the new rules, BSP-supervised financial institutions (BSFIs) are now required to submit a risk event report to the central bank within 24 hours from date of knowledge of any significant money laundering, terrorism financing and proliferation financing risk event.

The Gambling Commission announces new rules to boost safety and consumer choice consistent with the Govt’s White Paper on High stakes: gambling reform for the digital age

The changes, consistent with the Government’s White Paper which includes reducing intensity of online games, improving consumer choice over receiving gambling marketing, light-touch financial vulnerability checks and tightening processes to support age verification checks in premises. They also include a careful approach to implementation with the changes to be implemented in four stages: August 2024, November 2024, January 2025 and February 2025…

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.

EU Parliament strengthens EU’s toolkit to fight ML/TF, providing interested parties with direct access to beneficial ownership including wide-reaching due diligence

𝗠𝗘𝗣𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗲: 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝘁𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗖𝗹𝘂𝗯𝘀 – From 2029, professional football clubs will be required to verify customer identities, monitor transactions, and report any suspicious activities to FIUs. 𝗘𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗩𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗨𝗹𝘁𝗿𝗮-𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗵 – persons with a total wealth value of at least 50.000.000 euro, excluding their main residence. 𝗘𝗨-𝘄𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗵 𝗣𝗮𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁 – of €10,000 to prevent large-scale cash-based money laundering.

 

 

 

 

FCA consults on proposed changes to the Financial Crime Guide in relation to sanctions, proliferation financing and transaction monitoring

FCG provides practical assistance and information for firms of all sizes and across all FCA-supervised sectors on actions they can take to counter the risk that they might be used to further financial crime. Its contents are drawn primarily from FCA and FSA thematic reviews, with some additional material included to reflect other aspects of our financial crime remit…

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…

Estonia’s Financial Intelligence Unit publishes yearbook for 2023

Annual report summarising key AML/CFT developments in the Baltic state.

MEPs vote on new rules for payment services to improve access to cash with strong defences against fraud and data breaches

The aim is to foster a level playing field between banks and non-bank payment service providers while protecting users from fraud, misuse of their data and hidden fees and charges. MEPs also want to ensure better access to cash for all citizens, especially those in remote or rural areas…