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OFAC Fact Sheet on Digital Assets

OFAC issues fact sheet on the framework for international engagement on digital assets. The EO directs the Administration to promote development of digital asset and central bank digital currencies (CBDC) technologies consistent with our values and legal requirements…

US DoJ on money transfer company on AML failures 

US DoJ announces guilty plea of money transfer company, Ping Express, in relation to AML failures. The company – which was licensed to transmit money but was not licensed to conduct currency exchange – charged U.S. customers a fee to remit money to beneficiaries…

EP on the scope of ML powers entrusted to EBA

European Parliament proposes to broaden the scope of ML powers entrusted to the European Banking Authority. The objectives are to maintain financial stability in the EU and to guarantee the integrity, efficiency and effective functioning of the banking sector…

HMRC consults taxation of decentralised finance

The government aims to establish clear tax and regulatory treatment of cryptoassets to place the UK at the forefront of safe, sustainable, and rapid innovation in cryptoasset and blockchain technologies. DLT uses cryptography to maintain a decentralised database acting…

HMT ML advisory notice: high-risk third countries

Businesses are required to apply enhanced customer due diligence and enhanced ongoing monitoring in any business relationship with a person established in a high-risk third country or in relation to any relevant transaction where either…

HMRC Guidance on Accountancy sector for ML supervision

The guidance helps accountancy related businesses meet their obligations for money laundering supervision, including customer due diligence, record keeping and reporting suspicious activity intended for those who provides audit, accountancy, tax advisory, insolvency…

UK Report on Cost of Complacency: illicit finance

UK Foreign Affairs Committee publishes its report on The Cost of Complacency: illicit finance and the war in Ukraine, calling for a substantial increase in funding and expert resourcing for the NCA, SFO and other responsible agencies…

Basel on bank’s cryptoasset exposures

Basel Committee publishes second consultation document on the prudential treatment of banks’ cryptoasset exposures. Unbacked cryptoassets and stablecoins with ineffective stabilisation mechanisms continue to be subject to a conservative prudential treatment

UK Govt Report on The Cost of Complacency: illicit finance and the war in Ukraine

The report underlines the imperative of implementing beneficial ownership rules and robust reform of Companies House, including new powers for the company registrar to verify information to ensure accuracy as well as discretionary powers to remove corporate entities…

FATF Rec. 25 on transparency & beneficial ownership

FATF is considering whether countries should apply measures to understand the risk posed by trusts and similar legal arrangements governed under their law or which are administered in their jurisdictions or whose trustees are residing in their jurisdictions…

FATF standards on virtual assets (VAs)

Both FATF and FATF-style regional body (FSRB) members should accelerate compliance with FATF’s R.15 with a priority focus on assessing
ML/TF risks of VA and VASPs, and the application of AML/CFT measures to mitigate these risks.

EU on the transparency of crypto asset transfers

EU reaches provisional agreement on transparency of crypto asset transfers. The aim is to introduce an obligation for crypto asset service providers to collect and make accessible certain information about the originator and the beneficiary of the transfers of crypto assets…