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Bank of England, FCA, PRA and PSR conduct 2023 review of Memorandum of Understanding for payment systems in the UK

The Authorities have identified areas for future co-operation and co-ordination, including revisions to the MoU regarding proposed stablecoin regulation, embedding the reforms from the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 (FSMA 2023), as well as further enhancing the sharing of information and data. These will be undertaken during 2024 and beyond…

FATF highlights United States’ progress in strengthening measures to tackle ML/TF – R. 24: Transparency and beneficial ownership of legal persons

The FATF published the updated rating in the Seventh Enhanced Follow-Up Report of the US, recognizing Treasury’s historic efforts to increase beneficial ownership transparency and address key vulnerabilities in the U.S. AML/CFT framework…

FinCEN seeks comments on modernising its Customer Identification Program (CIP) requirements for banks

Relates to existing requirements for banks under the Customer Identification Program (CIP) Rule to collect a taxpayer identification number (TIN) from a customer prior to opening an account.

The Wolfsberg Group releases the principles for auditing financial crime risk management (FCRM)

The Group believes that IA can assist their FIs in their fight against financial crime by measuring FCRM outcomes using the Factors and has developed principles and measures for auditing an FCRM programme…

EBA’s Risk Dashboard shows EU banks are robust, but signs of credit quality deterioration are becoming apparent

It discloses aggregated statistical information for the largest EU/EEA institutions. EU/EEA’s banks capitalisation stands at record levels, liquidity has improved, while return on equity (RoE) stood at 10.3%. Yet, early signs of credit quality deterioration have become more apparent. The publication also includes information on minimum requirements for own funds and eligible liabilities (MREL).

HMRC issues list of businesses that failed to comply with the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017

Refers to civil breaches of the regulations and not to criminal offences and covers the period 1 April to 30 September 2023.

NCA publishes UKFIU SARs Annual Statistical report for 2022-23, highlighting a 38.9% increase in the volume of cases and a 46.6% increase in the value of assets denied, between £0 and £500k

*In the last two years the sum total of funds denied from DAML requests is £578.4m, higher than the total denied in the previous six years at £499m. 2021 – 2022 benefitted from seven cases of asset denial between £10m and £50m, contributing to a very high overall asset denied figure…


FCA secures £1.6m for investors from alleged unlawful investment fraud schemes

The FCA alleged that AWL unlawfully took approximately £2.8m as deposits under loan agreements and/or as part of an unauthorised collective investment scheme arranged investments in EMB Fund Limited (EMB) totalling about US$9m which breached the restrictions on financial promotion…

Gambling Commission orders Bet365 to pay £582,120 for AML and social responsibility failures at its online business

Recent investigation found that enhanced customer due diligence and know your customer triggers were ineffective at managing money laundering risk and that the company was failing to undertake financial sanctions checks on new customers prior to their first deposits.

BoE and FCA consult on proposed approach to implementing and operating the Digital Securities Sandbox, an initiative run by the regulators intended to help facilitate the adoption of innovative technology

This initiative run by the regulators is intended to help facilitate the adoption of innovative technology in digital assets in the UK. The consultation is relevant to firms intending to apply to enter the DSS and be approved as a sandbox entrant, as well as firms wishing to engage with a sandbox entrant…

BIS and Central banks embark on major project to explore tokenisation of cross-border payments with the aim to increase the speed and integrity of international payments, while lowering costs

This major public-private partnership will seek to overcome several structural inefficiencies in how payments happen, especially across borders, which add a layer of challenges: different legal, regulatory and technical requirements, operating hours and time zones. Plus the increased complexity of carrying out financial integrity controls (e.g against money laundering and customer verification)…

The Dominican Republic signs a new resolution into law which will provide a new regulatory regime for online gambling

Resolution 136-2024 will see the creation of regulations for online casino and sporting betting. Previously, only one company has held a license to operate in the country and this resolution is expected to increase competition in the market and raise tax revenue. The resolution includes a number of measures related to responsible gambling…