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Barbados PM lashes out at international AML regime 

Mia Mottley has criticised the international AML regime as disproportionate for small developing countries given the small risk they represent compared to large developed nations where most of the actual money laundering is taking place…

Brazilian Senate on incoming approval of the ‘Bitcoin law’

The law will allow the president of Brazil to designate or create a regulatory agency to oversee the crypto market…. There is a market demand for a safer business environment and the need for criminal classification to avoid fraud…

Microsoft on illegal bribes in the Middle East & Africa

A former senior director at Microsoft has accused the company of paying illegal bribes to win business deals in the Middle East and Africa. Microsoft 3 years ago was fined by the US DoJ…

Interpol Financial Crime & Anti-Corruption Centre

Interpol new crime centre will expand and streamline the world police body’s existing initiatives in tackling financial crimes, illicit money flows and asset recovery by centralizing the international response to transnational financial crime and corruption…

Winery cleared of mafia money laundering 

The war in Ukraine continues to send tremors into the wine world with the EU unveiling another round of sanctions – this time, luxury goods – aimed at kicking bagpipe-loving Russian oligarchs where it hurts…

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…