Category: International News

AML Compliance: European Union Blacklist for Tax Havens

MEPs have called for a tightening of the rules on which countries are added or removed from the blacklist and indicated that UK overseas territories such as the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Jersey and Guernsey are among those which should be added to an EU tax havens blacklist after the conclusion of the Brexit deal,

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Money Laundering Supervison

The UK’s supervisory approach to compliance of obliged entities to the Money Laundering Regulations were branded “woefully inadequate” and are failing to block “corrupt money” and terrorist funds, an anti-corruption body has warned.

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HM Treasury issue advice about unsatisfactory money laundering controls

On 14 February 2014 the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published two statements identifying jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter financing regimes.

The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 require regulated entities to put in place policies and procedures in order to prevent activities related to money laundering and terrorist financing.

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Cyprus damned on money laundering through leaked report

Almost 60 percent of one of the bailed out Cypriot bank’s clients are “high risk” in terms of money laundering and almost a third of all bank depositors’ records contain errors, according to a leaked EU report.

The report which was published by the Cypriot website stockwatch.com.cy – was drawn up in April by Moneyval, a unit of the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, and by accountancy firm Deloitte on the request of eurozone finance ministers.

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Revised FATF Recommendations

The long awaited revised FATF Recommendations on International Standards on Combatting Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation was finally published on 16 February. Following several rounds of consultation the revised Recommendations contain no real surprises in the publishes outcome, but a lot of disappointment has been aired by various groups who feel

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FATF Release new guidance

The Financial Action Task Force, the global standard-setter in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, has revised the Recommendations after more than two years of efforts by member countries. The Recommendations are used by more than 180 governments to combat these crimes.

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09.09.09 Proposed amendments to Jersey’s Anti-Money Laundering Legislation

The Jersey Financial Services Commission has published a consultation paper concerning proposed amendments to the ‘Money Laundering (Jersey) Order 2008’.

The Money Laundering (Jersey) Order 2008’ requires Regulated businesses to apply policies and procedures for the prevention and reporting of money laundering. These include policies and procedures for customer due diligence, record keeping, and reporting ‘suspicious activity concerning money laundering and terrorist financing.

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04.09.09 Netherlands Concludes TIEAs With Caribbean Islands

In a further tightening of the net for international tax evasion, the Netherlands Ministry of Finance has announced the signing of tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs) with three Caribbean territories.

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25/02/09 India poised to have FATF entry approved

The passage of the Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2009 will enable India’s entry into Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body that has the mandate to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

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25/02/09 Garda fraud officers continue Anglo probe

THE Garda Fraud Squad raid on the offices of Anglo Irish Bank was unprecedented and could lead to criminal prosecutions, according to legal experts.

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