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FSMA 2023 brings crypto assets within the FCA’s area of responsibility

FSMA 2023 explicitly brings cryptoassets within the FCA’s regulatory perimeter and creates a new designated activities regime which may be used to regulate certain crypto-related activities…

APG Mutual Evaluation of AML/CFT in Brunei-Darussalam

Notes that the AML/CFT is strong is several areas, amid relatively low risk.

Securities and Exchange Board of India consults on plans to allow increased financial participation of Non – Resident Indians and Overseas Citizens of India

Follows increasing recognition that further investments in the Indian securities markets can be facilitated by channelling NRI/ OCI investments into the country through FPIs that are professionally run by investment managers and whose securities are kept in safe-keeping/custody by SEBI registered custodians.

Home Office releases counter-terrorism strategy for 2023

The aim of CONTEST is to reduce the risk from terrorism to the UK, its citizens and interests overseas, so people can live freely and with confidence.

FINMA publishes guidance on money laundering risk analysis

FINMA has repeatedly identified shortcomings in the area of the money laundering risk analysis during on-site supervisory reviews. This prompted it to conduct an in-depth review of the money laundering risk analyses of more than thirty banks in spring 2023…

IMF releases detailed assessment of AML/CFT in the Côte d’Ivoire

Report analyses the level of compliance with the FATF 40 Recommendations and the effectiveness of Côte d’Ivoire’s AML/CFT system and provides recommendations on how the system could be strengthened.

Wolfsberg Group publishes response to FATF Consultation relating to Non-Profit Organisations

The Group supports revisions to R.8/INR.8 designed to clarify how best to implement a risk-based approach, as well as addressing the negative impact of the over-application of preventive measures on legitimate NPO activities.

FATF issues follow-up report to Bhutan’s assessment of AML/CFT

The country has been re-rated on four recommendations from Partially Compliant to Largely Compliant

HMRC publishes list of businesses found not to be complying with money laundering regulations

Report covers Q1 of the 2023 calendar year.

FCA sets out expectations for UK cryptoasset businesses complying with the Travel Rule

From 1 September 2023, cryptoasset businesses in the UK will be required to collect, verify and share information about cryptoasset transfers, known as the ‘Travel Rule’.

NCA publishes Annual Plan for 2023/24

Outlines the agency’s operation priorities for 2023/24.

NCA releases SARs in Action

21st issue covers the SARs Reform Programme, the UAE FIU’s visit to the UKFIU and the role that ‘Professional Enablers’ play in facilitating illicit finance, with analysis from the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC).