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EU plans new rules against tax avoidance

The tax discussion at the plenary session of the EU parliament was added to the agenda after reports this week on a large leak of tax data, known collectively as the "Pandora Papers", which showed how the rich and powerful continue to systematically use offshore companies...
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GRECO 5th Round Compliance Report on Slovenia

GRECO recommended that the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption be provided with adequate financial and personnel resources to effectively perform its tasks with respect to persons entrusted with top executive functions, in particular in the areas of asset declarations...
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FATF report on the Mutual Evaluation of Finland

Among it findings, Finland has a good legal structure to combat ML & TF. While provisions are in place to allow restraint, confiscation and recovery of the proceeds of crime in most situations, the mechanism for freezing terrorist assets is incomplete...
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ICIJ on the release of the “Pandora Papers”

The leaked records reveal that many of the power players who could help bring an end to the offshore system instead benefit from it – stashing assets in covert companies and trusts while their governments do little to slow a global stream of illicit money...
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MAS on the FI-FI information sharing platform for AML/CFT 

MAS proposes to introduce a legislative framework and to develop a secure digital platform for FIs to share information with each other. Such information would include information relating to, or particulars of, a customer5 (e.g. the beneficial owners and authorised...
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FATF issues follow up report on Canada

Canada has made progress in addressing most of the technical compliance deficiencies identified in its MER and has been upgraded on seven Recommendations and downgraded in one. Canada will move to regular follow-up and will continue to inform the FATF of progress ...
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UK Home Office circular 004/2021: ML & SARs

UK Home Office publishes a circular (the Circular) setting out the Government’s position on the use of SARs in civil litigation...
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EBA on shadow banking entities

The EBA launched today a public consultation on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) setting out criteria for the identification of shadow banking entities...
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IMF warns against the use of crypto assets

IMF warns against the use of crypto assets as national currencies. Without robust AML/CTF measures, cryptoassets can be used to launder ill-gotten money...
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An inspection of the operation of CPS and SFO Proceeds of Crime Divisions

HM Crown Prosectution Inspectorate assesses the Proceeds of Crime Divisions of the CPS and SFO in new report. Prosecuting agencies are able to apply to the court for restraint of assets belonging to suspected criminals...
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Amendments to ML, TF and Transfer of Funds

HMT consults on amendments to the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017. The MLRs are designed to...
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US DoJ sentences leader of a sophisticated drug trafficking organization

The Mexican national was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to 22 years in prison for her role in an international drug trafficking conspiracy to transport into the US...
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