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Japanese crypto exchanges to enforce FATF’s Travel Rule

Japan’s crypto exchanges will adopt the FATF Travel Rule requiring platforms to stamp out anonymity in crypto transactions in a bid to fight ML…

Credit Suisse scrutiny after client data leaks

Credit Suisse is facing fresh scrutiny after leaked data purported to show the bank had served human rights abusers, corrupt politicians and businessmen under sanctions for decades. The Swiss bank has denied any wrongdoing and said it “strongly rejects” the allegations…

In Putin’s Russia, oligarchs don’t matter as much as they used to

Many oligarchs continued harvesting riches in the decades following my 1998 meeting with Potanin. On the other hand, today’s oligarchs are far less important to the inner workings of Vladimir Putin’s Russia…

EU draft law on human rights, environmental ethics

The draft law will require EU companies with more than 500 employees and turnover of €150 million to prevent human rights and environmental abuses along their full supply chains, by carrying out so-called ‘due diligence’…

Netherlands Financial Crime Threat Assessment 2022

The Netherlands is rated overall as Low – Moderate Risk scoring 62/100 for financial crimes and money laundering by FCN. Threats are rated Moderate at 50/100 & Responses Moderate – High at 72/100…

US imposes Russia sanctions

OFAC has issued Directive 4 under Executive Order (E.O.) 14024, “Prohibitions Related to Transactions Involving…

SWIFT meaningful sanctions against Putin regime

Selected Russian banks banned from global payments system, while Russian central bank will find it harder to spend $500bn war chest…

Leak of internal investigations at Ericsson

Telecoms giant’s internal investigators uncover allegations it was involved in corruption in at least 10 countries. Confidential documents have revealed how the telecoms giant Ericsson is alleged to have helped pay bribes to the Islamic State terrorist group in order to continue…

How is China involved in organized crime in Mexico? 

Over the last few years China’s presence in Mexico has expanded in both legal and illegal activities. Trade between China and Mexico topped $100 billion in 2021, a new record. Imports from China account for over 90% of total trade between China and Mexico…

Rabobank triples net profit, ups spending on AML controls

Rabobank is setting aside a further €249m to improve its money laundering controls, after the Dutch central bank expressed its concerns and threatened to impose a fine. The bank has so far invested €1.6bn in improving anti money laundering checks and some 4,900 members…

China launches 3-year AML campaign

China has launched a 3-year campaign to fight money laundering in a bid to safeguard national security and social stability, according to a government statement. The campaign, which started this year and will last until the end of 2024, is led by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC)…

Cayman Islands to face increase challenge in the EU

The financial services industry in the Cayman Islands is bracing itself for another rocky year. This jurisdiction could be included on the European Union’s list of high-risk third countries for money laundering that pose significant threats to the financial system of the Union…