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FinCEN on customer identity verification requirements

FinCEN grants limited exceptive relief to casinos from certain customer identity verification requirements in the context of online gaming. A casino may utilize suitable non-documentary methods to verify the identity of online customers...
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FinCEN’s 314(a) Fact Sheet

FinCEN’s regulations under Section 314(a) enable federal, state, local, and foreign (EU) law enforcement agencies to reach out to more than 34,000 points of contact at more than 14,000 FIs to locate accounts and transactions of persons that may be involved in terrorism or ML...
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ESA sectoral reports on supervisory independence

The EBA, EIOPA and ESMA published their individual reports on the supervisory independence of competent authorities (CAs) in their sectors. The reports highlight that the independence of CAs is multi-faceted and dependent on a number of legal, institutional, operational and...
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FinCEN report on ransomware trends in Bank Secrecy Act data

FinCEN identified several ML typologies common among ransomware variants in 2021 including threat actors increasingly requesting payments in Anonymity-enhanced Cryptocurrencies (AECs) and avoiding reusing wallet addresses, “chain hopping” and cashing out...
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OECD responds to the ‘Pandora Papers’ leaks 

The ICIJ released information relating to its review of data leaks referred to as the Pandora Papers. As a result of the strong partnerships established through its JITSIC Network, the OECD Forum on Tax Administration (FTA) is well positioned to enable a collaborative approach...  
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US Members of Congress announces the Enablers Act

The ENABLERS Act would impose stronger due diligence requirements on such U.S.-based middlemen, to ensure that the US never again facilitates the corruption and dictatorship we claim to oppose by giving kleptocrats and criminals a safe haven for the money they steal...
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How poor countries finance the rich?

Each year hundreds of billions of dollars leave developing countries and land in the coffers of rich countries like Switzerland. This trend “contradicts the neoclassic economic theories, according to which capital should naturally circulate from rich countries to those lacking capital...
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GRECO 4th Evaluation compliance report on Monaco

GRECO welcomes the introduction of the new National Council Rules of procedure and their accompanying implementing measures, which should strengthen considerably the transparency of the legislative process and the visibility of parliamentarians’ activities...
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FATF follow-up report on the Evaluation of China

The report summarises China’s progress to improve its technical compliance by addressing some of the technical compliance deficiencies identified in the MER, and Implementing new requirements where the FATF Recommendations have changed since China’s 1st enhanced...
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ESAAMLG Evaluation Report South Africa on 2021

Public sector corruption represents a major weakness in the AML/CFT system, with the key LEAs being the most impacted over the past decade. The RBA and many key preventive requirements were introduced in the legal framework only recently...
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FCA Financial Crime: analysis of firms’ 2017-2020 REP-CRIM data

This analysis aims to provide MLRO and industry practitioners insights on trends and developments, which should help inform the arrangements and risks of their respective firms. This publication provides analysis of the REP-CRIM submissions for the 3 reporting periods...
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US DoJ sentences foreign national on ML funds to promote turtle trafficking 

Kang Juntao was sentenced today to 38 months in prison and one year of supervised release on a federal ML conviction. He financed a nationwide ring of individuals who smuggled at least 1,500 protected turtles, valued at more than $2,250,000, from US to Hong Kong...
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