Financial Crime Digest

The Aperio Intelligence Financial Crime Digest is a monthly newsletter, targeted at investment and compliance professionals, which provides a synopsis of the latest regulatory and financial crime developments in the UK and worldwide. It provides technical and regulatory updates as well as a review of press and media coverage of topics including money laundering, terrorist financing, bribery and corruption, and sanctions.

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Financial Crime Digest June 2021

This issue includes:

  • UK FCA Dear CEO letter highlights AML weaknesses, mandates gap analysis by mid-September
  • FATF consults on proposed changes to beneficial ownership standards
  • Amec Foster Wheeler Energy enters $177 million global settlement over bribery scheme
  • A special feature on ten years of the UK Bribery Act
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Financial Crime Digest May 2021

This issue includes:

  • ECJ Advocate General opinion on Bank Melli case against German telco on the EU Blocking regulation and US secondary sanctions
  • UK NCA publishes national strategic assessment of serious and organised crime
  • UK reports on its progress on the Economic Crime Plan
  • A special feature on the UK FCA’s Digital Sandbox
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Financial Crime Digest April 2021

This issue includes:

  • UK launches global anti-corruption sanctions regime and designates 22 individuals
  • US FinCEN issues consultation on beneficial ownership reporting
  • UK SFO case against former Serco managers collapses, statement of facts published
  • A special feature on sanctions on Venezuela
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The Clean Energy Transition: Geopolitical Implications for the Renewables Sector

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Financial Crime Digest March 2021

This issue includes:

  • UK FCA launches criminal proceedings against NatWest for AML violations
  • EU proposes law on corporate due diligence and supply chain accountability
  • UK Crown Prosecution Service publishes first ever Economic Crime Strategy
  • A special feature on the US reversal of the licence issued to Dan Gertler and anti-corruption efforts in the DRC
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Forced labour in the supply chain: connecting the dots

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Financial Crime Digest February 2021

This issue includes:

  • FATF plenary outcomes include crypto consultation
  • EU supervisory bodies publish draft proposal on sustainability disclosures
  • UK consults on digital ID and trust framework
  • A special feature on countering financial crime with the help of AI
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Financial Crime Digest January 2021

This issue includes:

  • Deutsche Bank to settle US FCPA violations and spoofing case
  • EU Commission publishes new sanctions strategy
  • UK Treasury select committee publishes evidence to economic crime inquiry
  • A special feature on the role of privacy enhancing technologies in combatting financial crime
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Regional Trends 2021

As 2021 begins to gather pace, we asked our six regional teams at Aperio Intelligence to pick out the developing stories they will be keeping a close eye on this year. From structural reforms at the Vatican, rapprochement in the Gulf, and ESG in China, we hope you enjoy reading their contributions.

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Financial Crime Digest December 2020

This issue includes:

  • UK publishes national ML/TF risk assessment
  • UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement includes framework on financial crime
  • Vitol Inc to pay US and Brazilian prosecutors $164m to resolve bribery offences
  • A special feature on internal malfeasance as the pandemic recedes
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Financial Crime Digest November 2020

This issue includes:

  • ESMA’s Wirecard report finds deficiencies in German supervisory system
  • OECD working group lauds US efforts to fight foreign bribery
  • UK government launches review of laws on corporate liability for economic crime
  • An interview with UNODC’s Regional Representative for Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa
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Financial Crime Digest October 2020

This issue covers:

  • Goldman Sachs Group agrees global resolution over 1MDB scandal
  • FATF October plenary adopts amendments on proliferation financing risk
  • UK Treasury Committee launches new economic crime inquiry
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Financial Crime Digest September 2020

This issue covers:

  • UK sets out plans to reform Companies House register
  • EU Digital Finance Package aims to harmonise the regulation of cryptoassets
  • US announces decision to reimpose all UN sanctions on Iran
  • A special feature on the FinCEN Files: a renewed push towards more effective AML/CFT efforts
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Financial Crime Digest August 2020

This issue covers:

  • US sanctions Chinese companies and officials over actions in South China Sea
  • UK FCA proposes extending financial crime reporting to cryptoasset exchange providers
  • An exclusive interview with the Head of the Financial Crime Unit in the EU Commission’s DG FISMA
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Financial Crime Digest July 2020

This issue covers:

  • UK introduces global human rights sanctions regime
  • New York regulator fines Deutsche Bank over Epstein ties and correspondent relationships
  • A special feature on Germany’s draft human rights and environmental due diligence law
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Financial Crime Digest June 2020

This issue covers:

  • Commerzbank London fined by UK Financial Conduct Authority for AML failings
  • FATF issues first report on money laundering and the illegal wildlife trade
  • A special feature on the new wave of US sanctions against Syria, which have come into force
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Financial Crime Digest May 2020

This issue covers:

  • European Commission proposes wide-ranging AML/CFT action plan
  • US to impose sanctions on China in response to Hong Kong national security law
  • A special feature on organised crime in Mexico during the Covid-19 pandemic
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Financial Crime Digest April 2020

This issue covers:

  • US authorities fine Korean bank for AML failings and sanctions breaches
  • Chinese money laundering groups control hundreds of UK bank accounts, finds NCA report
  • A special feature on the financial crime implications of the Covid-19 pandemic
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Financial Crime Digest March 2020

This issue covers:

  • Swedbank fined for AML breaches, and the publication of its AML compliance report
  • US charges Venezuela’s Maduro and high-ranking officials with ‘narco-terrorism’
  • A special feature on the UK Court of Appeal’s dismissal of Zamira Hajiyeva’s UWO appeal
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Financial Crime Digest February 2020

This issue covers:

  • Swiss regulator finds serious AML failings at Julius Baer
  • UK consults on creating freeports with ‘simplified’ declaration rules
  • A special feature on money laundering and the art market
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Financial Crime Digest January 2020

This issue covers:

  • Airbus pays record €3.59 billion to settle bribery charges in UK, France and US
  • UN Security Council report identifies terrorism financing typologies
  • A special feature on real estate agents: the UK’s weak link in money laundering?
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Financial Crime Digest December 2019

This issue covers:

  • Ericsson’s USD 1 billion fine for violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • EU Council adopts conclusions on strategic priorities for AML/CFT
  • A special feature on the financial crime trends in 2019 and beyond
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Financial Crime Digest November 2019

This issue covers:

  • AUSTRAC’s application for a court-ordered civil penalty against Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Escalating allegations concerning Swedbank and SEB over their operations in Estonia
  • A special feature on the Gunvor fine on bribery and corruption charges
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Financial Crime Digest October 2019

This issue covers:

  • The outcomes of the Financial Action Task Force plenary
  • FinCEN’s final rule identifying Iran as a “jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern”
  • UK Solicitors Regulation Authority AML assessment finds failings at “many firms”
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Financial Crime Digest September 2019

This issue covers:

  • The European Parliament’s resolution on the implementation of AML legislation
  • British Arab Commercial Bank’s settlement with OFAC over alleged sanctions violations
  • A special feature on counter-terrorist financing: old foes and new threats
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