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10 April 2018 - Accuity Insights

How tighter compliance can boost the reputation and value of ICOs

At the latest Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, 35 countries, the European Commission and the Gulf Co-operation Council urged the international body to improve understanding of money laundering risk related to cryptocurrencies. In light of this, Michael LaScola, Business Solution Specialist at Accuity, discusses some AML best practices for ICOs and why they should […]
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Partially legalised marijuana businesses – how can banks perform their due diligence and protect themselves?

While there is a conflict between US state and federal legislation on marijuana trading, financial institutions need to protect themselves from penalties that could result from onboarding marijuana businesses as customers.
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Real Estate Spotlight Series: A promising step forward for Asia in the fight against money laundering

As 2017 drew to a close, newspaper reports emerged in Singapore of charges filed against two real estate professionals, Kang Bee Leng, the managing director of Sterling Law Corporation, and Tan Yen Hsi, senior marketing director of CBRE Realty Associates[1]. The charges should send a shock wave through the real estate profession worldwide, as the […]
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Brazil: Is international collaboration the solution in the fight against corruption?

By Carolina Lessa, Director, Government Affairs – Latin America, RELX Successive corruption scandals coupled with a debilitating economic crisis have crippled and discredited Brazil. Every single day, there is news of yet another conviction, like the recent sentencing of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva[1]. However, there is a positive story to be told that […]
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Trade finance: is your screening up to scratch? Survey findings from our recent webinar with UK Finance

In June, the fight against nuclear proliferation in rogue states took an interesting turn when China’s Bank of Dandong was blacklisted by the US for ‘facilitating financing’ for companies linked to North Korea’s nuclear programme. This signalled firmly that regulators aren’t only chasing organisations that breach sanctions – those financing the trade will be held equally responsible.
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Odebrecht: Can the Largest Foreign Bribery Case in History Lead to More Compliance?

Odebrecht probably sounds familiar to the majority of us, either as a great example of internationalization or for its infamous financial crime allegations. This colossal bribery scandal has been running in the headlines of major newspapers in Latin America for years, bringing to light several related corruption cases. But, let’s take a step back and […]
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The Panama Papers first anniversary: Have we increased transparency and reduced corruption?

As we approach the first anniversary of the Panama Papers scandal that broke around the world on 3rd April 2016[1], it is useful to reflect on the impact this scandal has had in improving transparency and reducing corruption.  The scale of the leaked data was massive, including 11.5 million records with details on more than […]
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Real estate and money laundering – spotlight on Canada

The real estate sector was at the centre of several discussions this year, mainly related to the perceived lack of transparency and high exposure to money laundering risk. Various initiatives have subsequently been initiated by US, UK and Canadian regulators related to high property valuations in New York, Miami, London and Vancouver respectively, including investigations […]
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Migrant smuggling and money laundering: does Europe appreciate the threat?

Pascal Aerens, Head of Innovation at Accuity, discusses the lucrative migrant smuggling business and its links to terrorist financing and money laundering. Originally published on GT News. A recent joint Europol/Interpol report on migrant smuggling networks stated that human trafficking was the second most profitable criminal activity after drug trafficking, with an average turnover of US$4.8bn. In […]
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The Future of Compliance in Africa: How to satisfy local and regional needs while meeting international standards

The Future of Compliance in Africa was the theme of a roundtable discussion jointly convened by Ernest Honya, President of the Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa (ACCPA), and Hugh Jones, President and CEO of Accuity. 19 people attended from organisations which included commercial banks, GIABA, central banks, FIUs and universities to discuss four […]
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