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12 August 2020 - Accuity Insights

Escrow in Real Estate: A Honeypot for Money Launderers

The real estate industry is frequently used as a conduit for money laundering activities. Every year, around $1.6 trillion of dirty money moves through this market – equivalent to 3% of the world’s GDP. In this article, we explore an important element within this topic – escrow (or trust) accounts.
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29 June 2020 - Accuity Insights

5MLD and the Role of Adverse Media Screening in Proactive Risk Management

The EU’s Fifth Anti-money Laundering Directive has extended the list of sectors that fall within the scope of the updated regulations. These new ‘obliged entities’ are required to implement financial crime prevention processes, including adverse media screening, in line with the practices carried out by banks and other regulated sectors.
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12 June 2020 - Accuity Insights

Ask the Expert: Q&A with Principal Attorney Hdeel Abdelhady (Part 2)

In the second part of our Q&A with Hdeel Abdelhady, Principal Attorney at MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC, we ask her about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international sanctions and supply chains.
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5 June 2020 - Accuity Insights

Ask the Expert: Q&A with Principal Attorney Hdeel Abdelhady (Part 1)

As part of our ‘Ask the Expert’ series, we ask Hdeel Abdelhady, Principal Attorney at MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC, about international sanctions, enforcement trends, and the role of lawyers as gatekeepers of the financial system.
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26 May 2020 - Accuity Insights

ISO 20022: A Positive Force in the Fight Against Financial Crime

By providing more detailed information about all parties involved in a payment, the ISO 20022 message format will not only speed up payments, but increase transparency, improve sanctions screening and help organisations better detect and prevent financial crime.
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17 May 2020 - Accuity Insights

Doing more with the same as regulation grows

With regulation increasing, but compliance budgets static, companies need to reduce operational compliance overheads in a way that is explainable, effective and efficient.
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28 April 2020 - Accuity Insights

Enforcing Sanctions During a Global Pandemic

As the current humanitarian crisis unfolds, how are governments adapting their sanctions regimes – and how can organisations keep up?
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22 April 2020 - Accuity Insights

Ask the Expert: Q&A with Lawyer and Sanctions Blogger Nicholas Turner

As part of our ‘Ask the Expert’ series, we ask Nicholas Turner, Of Counsel with Steptoe & Johnson in Hong Kong and author of the weekly Sanctions Top-5 blog, about the trends he’s seeing across the global sanctions landscape.
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4 March 2020 - Accuity Insights

Cargo Compliance: A Competitive Move

In the cargo sector, better compliance isn’t only about protecting your business; it’s also about improved competitive advantage for carriers.
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19 February 2020 - Accuity Insights

Be OFAC Ready in 2020: Ensure Your Sanctions Program Meets Official Guidelines

Last year the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a new Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments, outlining the five essential components of a sanctions compliance program and the root causes of compliance violations. Do you have these in place?
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