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Lindar Media faces UKGC regulatory action for AML failures

Lindar Media Limited, the operator of online casino Mr Q, is facing regulatory action by the UK Gambling Commission and has been ordered to pay £690,947 for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures. The regulatory action follows…

Home Office publishes annual report on unexplained wealth orders

Report on the number of unexplained wealth orders applied for and issued from 15 May 2022 to 14 May 2023.

Home Office releases annual report and accounts: 2022 to 2023

A review of the Home Office’s vision and priorities for the year ending March 2023.

FCA publishes research note covering international perspectives of de-risking

The FCA’s review of publicly available information about the nature, scale and impact of de-risking.

FCA publishes findings of its initial data exercise on bank account access and closures

The information supplied by banks, building societies and payment companies suggests that no firm closed an account between July 2022 and June 2023 primarily because of a customer’s political views…

Gambling Commission establishes Industry Forum

The UK Gambling Commission has established a new body called the Industry Forum, in a move to improve its understanding of operators’ insights. The forum will aim to give the Commission more insight into the views of operators…

FCA launches review of treatment of Politically Exposed Persons

The review will assess how firms are adhering to the AML legislation and FCA guidance to conduct proportionate and risk based due diligence on their clients. This review is being conducted in compliance with Section 78 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023.

NCA publishes white paper on ransomware, extortion and the cyber crime ecosystem

The online cyber criminal ecosystem set out in this paper enables the scale of threat and harms within the UK itself. The NCA’s National Cyber Crime
Unit (NCCU) works with a wide range of partners in the UK and overseas to disrupt the key services that enable the cyber crime ecosystem; proactive, intelligence-led operational efforts, stressing the business model at multiple points with the overarching objective of achieving long-term strategic advantage.

FCA sets expectations ahead of incoming crypto marketing rules

Tough new rules designed to make the marketing of cryptoasset products clearer and more accurate, and that ban incentives like ‘refer a friend’ bonuses, will come into force on 8 October.

FCA Speech on risks calibration, system and controls, and outsourcing to a third party

Sarah Pritchard, FCA Executive Director of Markets and International, delivered a speech to the Financial Crime Summit 2023 entitled Calibrating controls to build confident markets, which is key to understanding the FCA’s AML focus and priorities and re-iterated a number…

 

GRECO publishes second 5th round compliance report for the UK

The report focuses on prevention of corruption amongst Top Executive Functions of Govt and Law Enforcement Agencies in the UK. It  concludes that the UK has now implemented satisfactorily or dealt satisfactorily with 7 of the 12 recommendations; 4 remain partly…

NCA issues SARs Reporter Booklet – Aug 2023

This booklet provides a snapshot of some of the excellent examples the NCA received highlighting the work of law enforcement agencies in utilising SAR intelligence to initiate investigations and informing existing ones…