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EU agrees 10th package of sanctions against Russia

The package contains new listings plus trade and financial sanctions, including further export bans worth more than €11 billion, depriving the Russian economy of critical tech and industrial goods. It also steps up enforcement and anti-circumvention measures, including a new...

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FATF summarises outcomes of the 22-24 Feb 2023 Plenary 

FATF members took important steps to enhance the transparency of beneficial ownership and prevent criminals from hiding illicit activity behind opaque corporate structures. FATF agreed on revisions to Rec 25 on transparency and beneficial ownership of legal...
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Home Office Fact Sheet on journalistic freedoms under the National Security Bill 

Part 1 of the bill contains the core state threats offences and measures. These are designed to make the UK an even harder place for states to conduct hostile activity in, increase the cost to them of doing so and tackle all aspects of the threat, which has evolved since...
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House of Commons Library research briefing on cryptocurrencies

The briefing examines what cryptocurrencies are, how they work, the benefits and challenges they offer, and how regulators have reacted to them. It covers the definition of cryptocurrencies and cryptoassets; the regulation of cryptoassets and stablecoins...
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Basel Working Paper sheds fresh light on the sanctions and confiscation debate

The paper examines whether states should be able to confiscate sanctioned assets* purely on the basis that they have been sanctioned? The justifiability and legality of mechanisms such as Canada’s is currently the subject of debate. Two key issues include whether the...
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Hong Kong SFC consults on proposals to regulate virtual asset trading platforms

The Consultation Paper on the Proposed Regulatory Requirements for Virtual Asset Trading Platform Operators covers (i) licensing and conduct requirements concerning Platform Operators and (ii) AML/CFT requirements applicable to virtual asset service providers (“VASP”)...
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FINTRAC on proposed changes to the Canadian AML/CFT regime

The proposed amendments to the regulations would prescribe a formula for FINTRAC to assess the expenses it incurs in the administration of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act against reporting entities, impose AML/ATF obligations on mortgage lending entities...
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Gambling Commission fines Blue Star Planet Ltd for AML control failings

Blue Star Planet Limited, trading as 10Bet, will pay £620,000 after a Commission investigation revealed social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures. The operator – which runs 10bet.co.uk – will pay the money as part of a settlement with the Commission...
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HMRC updates its Art market participants guidance for money laundering supervision

The guidance helps art market participants meet their obligations for money laundering supervision, including customer due diligence, record keeping and reporting suspicious activity. This guidance is based on law and regulations as at 6 Feb 2023 produced by BAMF...  
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BVI, Costa Rica, Marshall Islands, and Russia on EU noncooperative jurisdictions list

The European Council decided to add British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Marshall Islands and Russia to the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. They have been invited to improve their legal framework and to work towards compliance with international...
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Wolfsberg Group updates the Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire

Wolfsberg Group updates the Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire (CBDDQ) and  Financial Crime Compliance Questionnaire (FCCQ). The CBDDQ updates include a new section on Fraud and additional questions related to Whistleblower Policy, Virtual Bank License...
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Home Office report on the operation of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016

Home Office has published a report on the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016), which discusses the findings of an internal review that was conducted into the operation of the IPA 2016 to determine whether it remains fit for purpose...
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