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Danske Bank over ‘shortcomings’ on AML controls

Sweden's financial regulator (FSA) has criticised Danske Bank over its AML failings related to suspicious transactions connected to the bank’s Estonian branch and has set the Danish institution a deadline to sort out its problems...
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Gambling Commission outlines strategy for next 3 years

Evidence shows that while headline gambling participation is not increasing, the ways people gamble are changing. Changes in consumer behaviour and emerging technology create new risks and opportunities for regulation to keep pace with...
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JMLSG revisions on its Guidance – Trade Finance

JMLSG publishes a revised sectoral piece in Part II of its Guidance – Sector 15 (Trade Finance). Firms addressing the money laundering/terrorist financing risks in trade finance should also have regard to the guidance in Sector 16: Correspondent Relationships...
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FATF cross border payments survey results

The survey results highlight, among others, that lack of risk-based approach and inconsistent implementation of the AML/CFT requirements increases cost, reduces speed, limits access and reduces transparency. Inconsistent national approaches also create obstacles in identifying...
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FATF public statement on the situation in Afghanistan

The FATF reiterates the upmost importance of ensuring non-profit organisations (NPOs) and all other humanitarian actors can provide the vital humanitarian assistance needed in the region and elsewhere, without delay, disruption or discouragement...
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Companies agree to forfeit £29m linked to ML

A Cyprus-based company and a South African law firm have agreed to give up nearly £29 million that was allegedly linked to ML in the UK’s biggest ever forfeiture case. Prosecutors working with the City of London Police said they had reached an agreement...
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FATF on proposed revisions to Recommendation 24

The amendments seek to reinforce Recommendation 24 to ensure greater transparency about the beneficial ownership of legal persons, and take action to mitigate the risks. FATF has analysed the views received from various stakeholders in considering...
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European Parliament on the Pandora Papers

Parliament called for thorough investigations to be launched into any wrongdoing exposed by the Pandora Papers that took place in EU jurisdictions.  It urged Member states to do more on the identification and sharing of information on beneficial owners...
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FATF issues a call to action to high risk jurisdictions

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 the( ML/TF/PF) risks emanating from the country...
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FATF on the financing of ISIL, Al Qaeda & affiliates 

Proceeds generated from criminal activities remain an important financing source for ISIL. In response to its decreased revenue, ISIL has focused on looting local civilians and businesses, and has generated funds through kidnapping for ransom, extortion of oil networks...
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The race to redefine cross-border finance

It is seeking to link instant-payment networks across countries, in order to make transfers seamless. Whoever wins the race to redefine cross-border payments will determine the future shape of the financial system—and who holds sway over...
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AFME paper on AML Transaction Monitoring in the Markets Sector

A small number of firms have demonstrated that it is possible to monitor effectively through the use of a hybrid approach blend. Firms using a hybrid approach are deploying more markets-specific AML TM coupled with intelligence led investigations...
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