Regulatory Enforcement
26th April 2021
Standard Chartered failed adequately to check whether assets owned by some of its Indonesian clients were linked to crime or tax evasion, Guernsey’s financial regulator said yesterday. The Guernsey Financial Services Commission said that it had found “serious” breaches of financial rules. Standard Chartered, based in London, was created by… Read More
19th April 2021
A ruling slashing a record French fine against a bank seemed to bode well for UBS Group AG as it fights an even larger 3.7 billion-euro ($4.4 billion) penalty in front of the same judges. But the Swiss lender might be a victim of its own success. According to… Read More
15th April 2021
The Singapore branch of a Swiss-based private bank has been fined $1 million for failing to comply with measures to counter money laundering and terrorist financing. The penalty was imposed on Bank J. Safra Sarasin (BJS) for breaches between March 2014 and September 2018. These included failing to establish the… Read More
14th April 2021
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has not found evidence of corruption on the part of ABLV Bank’s managers, which has been alleged  by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), LETA learned. At the same time, KNAB has not managed to find evidence to… Read More
7th April 2021
Latvian lender Rietumu Banka won a 75% reduction in what was once France’s highest criminal fine for a company. Rietumu, which had allegedly helped clients of a company-registration and advisory firm dodge taxes, will still have to pay 20 million euros ($23.6 million), down from the… Read More
23rd March 2021
Julius Baer Group AG moved to claw back bonuses for bankers involved in a Latin America money laundering scandal that prompted a regulatory probe, the second Swiss bank in less than a week to announce such a step. The bank, which published the decision in its annual report Monday,… Read More
22nd March 2021
Saudi Arabia’s Oversight and Anti-Corruption Authority announced on Sunday it has initiated a number of criminal cases. The authority said it had taken over eight cases and legal procedures against the accused were underway. In the first case, three individuals have been arrested for allegedly embezzling more than SR5 million… Read More
22nd March 2021
The ABN AMRO board of directors already knew about the problems with money laundering in 2014, but stopped a research project into this in collaboration with the Public Prosecution Service (OM) at the last minute. This was reported by the investigative journalist organization Follow the Money (FTM) based on confidential… Read More
22nd March 2021
The financial intelligence regulator has defended taking no action against nine Australian banks that unwittingly laundered drug cartel money, saying their co-operation with law enforcement was vital to disrupting the network and other similar ones. AUSTRAC faced questioning at a parliamentary hearing on Friday about its methods and capabilities before… Read More
19th March 2021
The Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) has imposed a fine of EUR 57,217 on ABLV Asset Management for breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism and proliferation financing (AML/CTPF) laws, the regulator informed LETA. The FCMC and ABLV Asset Management, have entered into an administrative agreement, imposing a fine of… Read More