10th Annual National Money Laundering Symposium at Osgoode Hall Law School

The agenda is out for the upcoming 10th Annual National Symposium on Money Laundering in Toronto on April 4, 2014. The Symposium includes sessions on the following: Report from Gérald Cossette, Director of FINTRAC on Current Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Trends in Canada. Financial Institution Lessons Learned from US and Canada on Money Laundering […]

EU Parliament approves 1st reading of bill to address secrecy of beneficial ownership and require disclosure of trusts, private companies, joint venturers

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership in EU In a sweeping set of proposals, today the European Union Parliament voted to approve, at first reading, amendments to the proposed 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive to require the disclosure of beneficial ownership. Beneficial ownership refers to the owners or beneficiaries, or both, of private companies and/or trusts as the context […]

Canada major money laundering country in 2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report on Financial Crime and Money Laundering

Canada a Major Money Laundering Country but A Lot Less So The 2014 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (“INCSR“) published this month by the U.S. Department of State identifies Canada as a “major money laundering country” along with, among others, Afghanistan, Brazil, Cambodia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Guernsey, Jersey, Hong Kong, Libya, Mexico, Macau and Somalia. A […]

Money laundering is “huge” in Hong Kong and Macau; Mixed judicial response to money laundering

Money laundering is more prevalent than elsewhere According to a recent survey of business people who operate and do business in Hong Kong and Macau, money laundering is a huge problem and in fact, is more prevalent there than anywhere else in the world. The results of the survey which were reported in South China Morning […]

Carson Yeung says he accepted $2 million from suspected triad in money laundering trial

Carson Yeung, the Hong Kong tycoon who is on trial in Hong Kong for alleged money laundering admitted in Court that he accepted 12 wire transfers totalling approximately $2 million in funds from a Macau casino that were sent by an alleged Triad boss – Cheung Chi Tai. Mr. Cheung is also alleged to have had […]

French government concerned over potential money laundering with vineyard purchases

Tracfin report highlights money laundering In its annual money laundering report, France’s Traitement du Renseignement et Action Contre les Circuits Financiers Clandestins (“Tracfin“) expressed concern over money laundering risks associated with the sale of  France’s most renowned wineries to investors from China, Hong Kong and Russia. The concern stems from the increase in suspicious transaction reports filed with […]

“The Windfather” – Another report finds wind and renewable energy projects controlled by organized crime to launder money

Europol report ties mafia to renewable energy This week, Europol released yet another report tying the financing, development and operation of renewable energy projects, particularly wind energy infrastructure projects, to organized crime in Europe. The latest Europol report follows on the heels of an earlier one, the “Serious & Organized Crime Threat Assessment 2013”, which […]