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ESAs publishes joint Annual Report for 2021 

The main areas of cross-sectoral focus continued to be joint risk assessment, enhancement of consumer protection, development of the regulatory and supervisory frameworks for sustainable finance and securitisation...
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China’s banking regulators issue warning against NFTs

Three Chinese banking watchdogs have issued a warning against non-fungible tokens (NFTs). While NFTs are an innovative application of blockchain technology that can enrich the digital economy, they could potentially be used for ML, speculation, illegal financial activities...
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FATF Ministers decisive action against ML TF and proliferation financing

The Ministers of the FATF members committed to take swift and decisive action to improve the effectiveness of measures to fight money laundering, terrorist and proliferation financing at their meeting in Washington D.C. today.
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FinCEN advisory on kleptocracy & foreign public corruption

FinCEN urges financial institutions to focus efforts on detecting the proceeds of foreign public corruption, a priority for the U.S. Govt. Kleptocratic regimes and corrupt public officials may engage in bribery, embezzlement, extortion, or the misappropriation of public assets...

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Home Office on Joint Fraud Taskforce meetings

The Home Office presented an overview of the draft Plan. It has identified key pillars to strengthen leadership and cooperation across the public and private sectors. The UK Intelligence Community are also doing work to prevent frauds from reaching...
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ESAs issues first joint risk assessment report for 2022

ESAs issues their first joint risk assessment report for 2022. The report highlights the increasing vulnerabilities across the financial sector as well as the rise of environmental and cyber risks...
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ICIJ reveals more than 800 Russians behind secret companies

ICIJ reveals more than 800 Russians behind secret companies in landmark expansion of public offshore database. The Offshore Leaks Database spotlights vital new information on the covert financial activities of oligarchs, bankers and politicians as waves of Western...
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EBA letter on AML/CFT legislative package

EBA issues letter on AML/CFT legislative package - related to supervisory cooperation and selection criteria for direct supervision. The EBA works closely with 57 AML/CFT supervisors from all Member States that are members...
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UNODC on Ukraine’s conflict on drug demand & supply

Seizure data suggest that heroin trafficking through Ukraine has been slowly increasing since the turn of the century, with some larger quantities seized after 2015. Heroin transiting Ukraine is often smuggled from Afghanistan...
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Malta FIAU issues Guidance Note on MLRO

The FIAU trusts that this Guide will enhance subject persons’ understanding of the importance of this role and ensure that anyone appointed as MLRO or holding the said position is able to exercise the associated functions in an effective manner...
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EBA revised guidelines on risk-based supervision

The revised Guidelines on risk-based supervision set out the steps supervisors should take to ensure adequate AML/CFT oversight of their sector and support the adoption, by credit and financial institutions, of effective ML/TF risk management policies and procedures...
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EC removes the Bahamas from AML blacklist

The Bahamas was removed from the European Commission’s List of Third-country Jurisdictions which have strategic deficiencies in their AML/CFT Regimes (AML Blacklist). This decision was finalized after The Bahamas was assessed under...
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