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Central Bank of Russia addresses digital assets & decentralised finance in latest consultation reports 

The Bank of Russia released two consultation reports discussing blockchain-based assets, focusing on the use of digital assets, and the other one is dedicated to decentralized finance (DeFi). It admits the benefits of blockchain, including the reduction of intermediaries…

GFI report on trade-based money laundering & illicit supply chains

This research notes that the China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) transport projects have significantly increased trade within the corridor economies as well as the rest of the world. This has heightened the proliferation of counterfeit and illicit goods disguised as illicit goods…

HMRC list on Suspension & cancellation of AML supervision

HMRC publishes updated list of businesses whose registration for AML supervision has been suspended or cancelled from 2022. This information is published in accordance with The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations 2017…

Wolfsberg publishes Financial Crime Principles for Correspondent Banking

The Principles detail risk-based due diligence measures that, when undertaken, allow the Correspondent Bank to assess the profile, customer base and Financial Crime Programme of its Respondent customers. These will assist Correspondent Banks in developing a programme…

FATF announces the outcomes of latest Plenary

FATF members agreed to release, for public consultation, draft guidance on Rec. 24 to help countries and the private sector implement FATF’s strengthened requirements on beneficial ownership to prevent criminals from hiding illicit activity behind opaque…

Basel launches AML Index for 2022

Basel launches AML Index for 2022 which ranks countries with sufficient data to calculate a reliable risk score. It is a snapshot of global ML/TF risks and progress by countries and regions over time. The interactive map displays scores for 128 countries…

Europol law enforcement report on policing in the metaverse

Europol issues report for law enforcement on policing in the metaverse which aims to help police chiefs, law enforcement agencies and policy makers to begin to grasp this new environment so that they can adapt and prepare for policing in the metaverse…

The new UK Register of Overseas Entities goes live

The Register went live on 1 Aug 2022 – Overseas entities who already own or lease land or property in the UK will also need to register with Companies House and advise who their registrable beneficial owners or managing officers are by 31 January 2023….

FATF webinar on beneficial ownership transparency

This webinar focused on FATF’s recent revision to Recommendation 24 on beneficial ownership of legal persons, which aims to help stop criminals from hiding their illicit activities and dirty money behind secret company structures…

PRA/FCA conclude investigations into senior managers

The PRA & and FCA  joint investigations into certain former senior managers at HBOS plc have now concluded with a decision by each of the Authorities’ independent decision-makers to take no further action. The Authorities gathered more than 2 million documents, interviewed..

MONEYVAL Mutual Evaluation Report on Germany

Germany has made significant improvements to its AML/CFT framework over the past five years, including using the National Risk
Assessment (NRA) process to develop a stronger national understanding of money laundering/terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks…

Wolfsberg transaction monitoring RFI Best Practice Guidance

An RFI is used when a Correspondent is seeking to understand the background of a transaction that has been processed through an account or relationship in its books and is directed at the customer entity that sent the payment instruction to the Correspondent…