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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…

 

HKMA regulatory framework on crypto-asset guidance

HKMA has issued its Discussion Paper on Crypto-assets and Stablecoins, setting out the regulatory landscape globally and in other jurisdictions, as well as the current landscape in Hong Kong, and how it believes the Hong Kong regulatory framework should be expanded to cover payment-related stablecoins.

UK Govt claims on crucial economic crimes bill

The Govt was forced to deny claims that it had scrapped a crucial economic crime bill as MPs from across the house rounded on ministers for failing to tackle the UK capital’s “Londongrad” reputation as a money-laundering hub used by Russian oligarchs, criminals and kleptocrats.

UAE reviews progress in efforts to combat ML

The UAE has been working closely with FATF to ensure the nation’s legal, regulatory and operational standards not only meet global standards for safeguarding the financial system, but are also sustainable over the long term. The UAE continues to take its role in protecting the integrity…

Kenya: FRC eyes dirty cash hidden by lawyers

The anti-money laundering watchdog has asked MPs to pass proposed changes to the law compelling advocates to disclose suspicious financial dealings of clients to help keep Kenya off the list of high-risk countries. The watchdog is making a second stab to include lawyers…

Danske Bank over ‘shortcomings’ on AML controls

Sweden’s financial regulator (FSA) has criticised Danske Bank over its AML failings related to suspicious transactions connected to the bank’s Estonian branch and has set the Danish institution a deadline to sort out its problems…

HSBC discovery of a ML network

HSBC discovered a suspected money laundering network that received $4.2bn (£3bn) worth of payments, it has emerged, raising questions over whether it disclosed the information to US monitors who at the time…

Swiss prosecutors drop Russian ML inquiry

The OAG said it was dropping its inquiry into whether Russian officials defrauded tax authorities and laundered the proceeds through Swiss banks, as alleged by businessman Bill Browder’s investment fund Hermitage Capital…