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FATF Plenary Outcomes, 21-23 June 2023

FATF Members agreed to publish the fourth targeted update on the implementation of the FATF Rec. on virtual assets and VASP. They also advanced the work on preventing the misuse of NPOs and agreed to release for public consultation potential revisions to Rec 8 and…

EU adopts 11th package of economic and individual restrictive measures intended to strengthen existing EU sanctions

The package includes tightened export restrictions, targeting entities supporting the Kremlin. It forbids transit via Russia of an expanded list of goods and technology which might aid Russia’s military or security sector. To curb the practice of ships loading Russian crude oil or…

UK Govt releases new Factsheets on the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill 2022

The Factsheets provide details of the different measures contained in the Bill which will deliver reforms to Companies House, additional powers to seize and recover suspected criminal cryptoassets, reforms to give businesses more confidence to share information in order..

OFSI revokes General Licence INT/2022/2305324 relating to German subsidiary of Russia’s state oil concern, Gazprom

The nationalisation of Gazprom Germania (renamed Securing Energy for Europe) means that Gazprom’s UK subsidiaries are no longer in scope of the credit restrictions introduced by The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 15) Regulations 2022, which…

RBI amends its Master Direction on KYC to strengthen CDD and risk-based monitoring requirements for regulated entities

The amendments, which came into effect on May 10, 2023, are aimed at preventing ML and TF. The key changes to the MD on KYC include: Enhanced CDD requirements: REs will now be required to conduct enhanced CDD for high-risk customers, including (PEPs) and those who…

UK amends General Licence INT/2022/1947936 dealing with humanitarian assistance in Ukraine

The definition of “Non-government controlled Ukrainian territory” has been expanded to include the oblasts of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. The GL has also updated Annex I of Designated Financial Institutions to capture financial institutions designated since 7 July 2022…

 

OFAC enters Settlement Agreement with Swedbank Latvia for $3,430,900 related to apparent violations of Crimea Sanctions

Swedbank Latvia has agreed to remit $3,430,900 to settle its potential civil liability for 386 apparent violations of OFAC’s Crimea sanctions. Throughout 2015 and 2016, a customer of Swedbank Latvia used Swedbank Latvia’s e-banking platform from an internet protocol address…

TI UK warns ministers they needs to act fast to close property transparency loophole

The failure to improve transparency over trusts controlling UK property is unfinished business, this is a significant loophole used by kleptocrats and oligarchs to hide their property portfolios in the UK. If this law is to work as intended and shine a light on suspect cash in…

MONEYVAL Committee says that States need to improve criminal asset recovery in combatting money laundering

States should not only improve their results in identifying and freezing criminal funds. There is also an urgent need for them to greatly improve their results in confiscating and managing criminal assets, adopt stricter sanctions and increase the number of convictions for…

Sweden mulls higher penalties for Money Laundering Act breaches

Swedish lawmakers will consider a proposal to increase penalty fees for gambling operators that breach the country’s Money Laundering Act. The proposal provides better opportunities to combat criminal activity in connection with gambling including proposals for a…

UK announces new legislation regarding Ukrainian compensation and Russian Sanctions

The UK Govt announced plans to tighten its sanctions policy against Russia, including introducing legislation to keep assets frozen until Moscow has agreed to pay compensation to Ukraine. The new measures will require any individual who has been designated under the…

Firms should invest in KYC & model “good” customer transactions to reduce pile-up of monitoring alerts

Many firms’ pivot to digital on-boarding has prioritized speed over collecting enough information to determine whether transactions are suspicious. Experts say it has created an inefficient, expensive process where AML analysts are sifting through thousands of alerts looking…