Moneyval calls for greater corporate transparency

Tweet The Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering group, the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (“Moneyval“) issued its annual report this week and called on governments to end corporate beneficial ownership. The Report noted that organized crime uses corporate structures set up on jurisdictions in which […]

Bitcoin in Amsterdam

Tweet We are participating in three exciting sessions on digital currencies (and Bitcoin) in Amsterdam this month for those interested in joining: At the Bitcoin Foundation Conference on May 16, 2014 on a panel discussing anti-money laundering chaired by Adam Shapiro, Director of Promontory Financial Group with: Dirk Haubrich, Head of Consumer Protection and Financial […]

Canada makes its first corporate prosecution for economic sanctions violations

Tweet Although Canadian economic sanctions have been in place for years, until now Canada has never prosecuted any company for sanctions violations. That changed earlier this month when Lee Specialities Ltd., a Calgary based company, was charged with violating Canadian (and UN) economic sanctions by exporting goods to Iran that could be used for nuclear devices. […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

Marijuana brownies & the “smell of money laundering” – email evidence leads to arrest of bitcoin guru over money laundering charges

Tweet One of bitcoin’s earliest enthusiasts, Charlie Shrem who ran BitInstant, a New York based bitcoin exchange, was arrested today and charged with money laundering conspiracy, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and failure to file suspicious activity reports to FinCEN. The Criminal Complaint was filed by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New […]

US federal court rules NSA surveillance program legal and necessary for counter terrorism

Tweet NSA program legal and necessary for counter-terrorism A U.S. federal court ruled today ruled that the National Security Agency (“NSA“) collection of personal telecommunications records is not only legal but is a valuable tool necessary to counter the threat of terrorism. According to various media reports, the NSA collects, views, categorizes and retains our […]

OFAC sanctions in a nutshell

Tweet Summary of OFAC sanctions Until FACTA comes in force, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC“) remains the singularly most important agency in the U.S. in respect of financial crime for multinational and foreign companies and yet surprisingly, the OFAC regime appears to be relatively ignored from a compliance perspective. OFAC yields enormous power […]

Financial services firms and institutions expect 40% increase in regulatory compliance for FATCA and anti-money laundering

Tweet According to a 2013 Financial Crime survey, 2014 is expected to be an expensive one for regulatory compliance , with more than 20% more being spent for each of anti-money laundering compliance and compliance  with the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA“), for a total of a 40% increase. Cybersecurity The financial crime […]

Germany state-owned bank and several corporate offices raided over wind energy investigation into alleged mafia money laundering

Tweet The EU investigation into the use of wind farms to launder proceeds of crime widened today with several police raids in Austria and Germany, including a raid on the offices of the state-owned bank, HSH Nordbank. The Nordbank financed several wind farms, including one in Calabria, Italy, alleged to have been erected and operated […]

“If I had been a better lawyer…” Scott Rothstein’s wife and her lawyer sentenced in Ponzi scheme money laundering case

Tweet Kim Rothstein, the so-called “free-spending” wife of Scott Rothstein, was sentenced to 18 months in jail yesterday for plotting to hide over $1 million worth of jewelry to avoid it being seized as proceeds of crime. Mr. Rothstein is a former lawyer incarcerated for running a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme through the trust accounts […]