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 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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