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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…

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…

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…

 

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…

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…

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…

IIF/Wolfsberg Group EBA De-Risking Letter

The joint comments highlight, inter alia, the importance of alignment with the FATF definition of ‘de-risking’ and that financial institutions should have the ability to apply a risk based approach to non for profit organisations (NPOs) in line with FATF Recommendation 8…

TI-UK insights from the UK’s register of overseas entities

The research details how almost 52,000 UK properties are still owned anonymously despite a new transparency law designed to reveal their true owners. a new database of the real owners of offshore firms that hold UK property, shows almost half of the companies required…

Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill HL Bill 96 of 2022–23

The Bill will reform the powers of Companies House so that it has a bigger role in ensuring corporate transparency and guarding against economic crime, including strengthened information requirements for companies, including identity verification. It will improve…

FATF Annual Report 2021-2022

FATF publishes Annual Report 2021-2022 which sets out the achievements of the FATF under the second year of Marcus Pleyer’s Presidency on Beneficial ownership, Digital transformation, Migrant smuggling, New and update guidance, Mutual evaluations…

FCA on Cryptoasset AML/CTF regime: feedback on good and poor quality applications

The FCA published detailed feedback for crypto firms on good and poor quality applications under its AML/CTF regime for crypto. This feedback should help applicants when they prepare their application for registration and help make…

FCA commences criminal proceedings for insider dealing and money laundering

The FCA has commenced criminal proceedings against five individuals, alleging that they conspired to commit offences of insider dealing between December 2019 and March 2021. In addition to insider dealing, the five individuals are charged with money laundering offences…