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UNODC on terrorism threats in Eastern & Southern Africa

Increasing activity by armed groups in Southern and Eastern Africa brings new and growing threats to the region of terrorism, terrorism financing and violent extremism. Some of the groups have pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which makes them...
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GFI comments to FinCEN on AML Regulations for the Real Estate

GFI submitted a comment on regulations proposed by the FinCEN which would create effective solutions to address vulnerabilities of the U.S. real estate market to money laundering and other illicit activity. The avalanche of high-profile cases over the last several years have...
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Home Office Policy paper on terrorism acts in 2019

The threat to the UK was driven by a number of factors which affect terrorist intent and capability, with a number of suppressive factors affecting the threat at the time. In 2019, these included domestic and international counter-terrorism efforts such as the coalition...
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EBA investigation on the 2020 Luanda Leaks

The EBA found that competent authorities’ approaches to identifying and tackling ML/TF risks highlighted by the 2020 Luanda Leaks differed significantly across NCAs and varied beyond what the EBA would have expected under a risk-based approach...
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House of Commons Library on economic crime

The precise scale of economic crime in the UK is unknown, but it could run to tens or hundreds of billions of pounds per year. The extent of these crimes include money laundering, fraud and corruption...
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OCCRP analysis of leaked records on Credit Suisse accounts

Despite two decades of pledges by Credit Suisse to crack down on illegitimate funds, data leaked from the bank reveals that it catered to dozens of criminals, dictators, intelligence officials, sanctioned parties and political actors with outsized wealth...  
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UK Govt abolishes Golden Visas – Tier 1 Investor Visa

The Home Secretary has taken decisive action to shut the Tier 1 Investor visa route to all new applicants from all nationalities with immediate effect. The route had allowed entry and stay in the UK if an applicant invested funds in share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK...
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FSB warns of crypto threat to financial stability

The report examines developments and associated vulnerabilities relating to three segments of crypto-asset markets: unbacked crypto-assets (such as bitcoin); stablecoins; and decentralised finance (DeFi) and crypto-asset trading platforms...
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White House EO on protecting Da Afghanistan Bank

President Biden signed a new Executive Order on Protecting Certain Property of Da Afghanistan Bank for the Benefit of the People of Afghanistan.  Under the new EO, President Biden declares a national emergency to address the threat to US national security caused...
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SEC modernisation of beneficial ownership reporting

The proposed amendments would modernize the filing deadlines for initial and amended beneficial ownership reports filed on Schedules 13D and 13G. It also would deem holders of certain cash-settled derivative securities as beneficial owners of the reference equity securities...
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House of Commons briefing on economic crime

The House of Commons Library published a briefing paper on economic crime in the UK summarising recent research, analysis and Government action. The paper highlighted the extent of economic crime in the UK can reasonably be said to run into the tens of billions...
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Home Office on employing financial investigators under POCA

POCA provides financial investigation powers to officers, in connection with the various kinds of investigations permitted by Part 8 of the Act in connection with the recovery of the proceeds of crime. Section 378 of POCA defines who an appropriate officer is in respect of...
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