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Upcoming webinar: Investigations in EMEA – Horizon scanning

On Tuesday 16 April 2024, please join us for a webinar where our team from across EMEA will discuss the key recent and upcoming trends in financial crime legislation and regulatory enforcement in the EU, UK and Singapore. This webinar will highlight important changes to anti-money laundering regulation and wider financial crime legislation in the … Continue Reading

Status of implementation of Recommendation 15 by FATF Members and jurisdictions with materially important VASP activity

On 28 March 2024, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a table setting out the status of the implementation of Recommendation 15 by FATF members and other jurisdictions with the most materially important virtual asset service provider activity. The table follows a stocktake of current levels of implementation across the global network. FATF notes … Continue Reading

Wolfsberg Principles for Auditing Financial Crime Risk Management

On 27 March 2024, the Wolfsberg Group (Group) published Principles for Auditing Financial Crime Risk Management (FCRM) using the Wolfsberg Factors (Factors) which were published in 2019. The Group notes that internal audit (IA), an independent function within a financial institution (FI), constitutes the third line of defence and plays an important role in assessing … Continue Reading

Wolfsberg Group statement on countering terrorist financing

On 20 March 2024, the Wolfsberg Group published a statement on countering terrorist financing (CTF).  The statement replaces the Wolfsberg Group’s first statement on the topic published in 2002. It describes the role of financial institutions in CTF and the key controls which seek to mitigate and manage the risk of a financial institution being … Continue Reading

FATF guidance for a risk-based approach for beneficial ownership and transparency of legal arrangements

On 12 March 2024, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published guidance on beneficial ownership and transparency of legal arrangements. The guidance, which is non-binding, aims to assist stakeholders from public and private sectors that regulate, supervise, enforce, form, manage, or administer trusts or similar legal arrangements. It focuses on the Recommendation 25 requirements and … Continue Reading

FATF consults on Recommendation 16 on Payment Transparency

On 26 February 2024, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) announced it is considering revisions to Recommendation 16 (R.16), its Interpretive Note (INR.16) and the related glossary of specific terms, to adapt them to the changes in payment business models and messaging standards. In the press release, the FATF outlines how R.16 and INR.16 must … Continue Reading

FATF updates best practices on combating the abuse of NPOs

On 16 November 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) updated its best practices on combating the abuse of non-profit organisations (NPOs). The update follows the revisions that the FATF made earlier this year to Recommendation 8 that aim to protect NPOs from potential terrorist financing abuse through the effective implementation of risk-based measures. For … Continue Reading

FATF report on crowdfunding for terrorism financing

On 1 November 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a report on crowdfunding for terrorism financing. The majority of crowdfunding activity is legitimate, but events around the world have demonstrated that it can also be exploited for illegal purposes. This includes terrorists and terrorist groups who exploit fundraising platforms and crowdfunding activities on … Continue Reading

Updated SFC and HKMA guidance for intermediaries and banks on virtual asset-related activities

Background On 20 October 2023, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued an updated joint circular on intermediaries’ virtual asset-related activities (Joint Circular) with appendices. This Joint Circular supersedes the previous joint circular of 28 January 2022. When the SFC formulated its regulatory approach to virtual assets (VAs) … Continue Reading

FSB publishes IMF-FSB synthesis paper: Policies for crypto-assets

On 7 September 2023, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a joint synthesis paper on policies for crypto-assets. The report synthesises the IMF’s and FSB’s policy recommendations and standards. The report illustrates macroeconomic and financial stability implications of crypto-asset activities, how they may interact, and how the IMF and … Continue Reading

FATF consults on the revision of Recommendation 8 and its interpretive note

On 30 June 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) launched a public consultation on the revision of Recommendation 8 and its interpretive note. The FATF is considering proposals for draft amendment text to Recommendation 8 of the FATF Standards and its interpretive note (R.8/INR.8), which aims to protect non-profit organisations (NPOs) from potential terrorist … Continue Reading

Targeted update on implementation of the FATF standards on virtual assets and virtual asset service providers

On 27 June 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a report, Targeted update on implementation of the FATF standards on virtual assets and virtual asset service providers. In October 2018, the FATF updated Recommendation 15 (R.15) to extend anti-money laundering / countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) requirements to virtual assets (VAs) and … Continue Reading

FATF publishes plenary outcomes

On 26 June 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published the outcomes from the FATF Plenary, which took place on 21-23 June 2023. Delegates from over 200 jurisdictions of the Global Network and observers from international organisations participated in these discussions at the FATF headquarters in Paris. The outcomes of the discussions included the … Continue Reading

Singapore toughens laws to combat financial crime and money laundering

On 9 May 2023, the Singapore Parliament passed amendments to the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act 1992 (CDSA) which will introduce significant new offences of rash and negligent money laundering. Under the current law, the successful prosecution of money mules (i.e., those who assist with the transfer of illicit funds … Continue Reading

Wolfsburg Group publishes updated ABC programme guidance

On 17 April 2023, the Wolfsburg Group published an updated version of its anti-bribery and corruption compliance programme guidance. The publication is designed to provide guidance to the financial services industry on how to develop, implement and maintain an effective anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) compliance programme, and should be read in conjunction with applicable legislation, … Continue Reading

FATF updates Recommendations on international standards on combatting money laundering and the financing of terrorism proliferation

On 10 March 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published updated Recommendations which were adopted at its plenary on 15 February 2023. The FATF has reviewed and updated the FATF Recommendations, in close co-operation with the FATF-Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs) and the observer organisations, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the … Continue Reading

FATF publishes report on countering ransomware financing

On 14 March 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a report on countering ransomware financing. The report analyses the methods that criminals use to carry out their ransomware attacks and how payments are made and laundered. The report highlights that criminals are almost exclusively using crypto, or virtual assets and have easy access … Continue Reading

FATF updates Guidance on Beneficial Ownership of Legal Persons

On 10 March 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published updated guidance that focuses primarily on Recommendation 24 (beneficial ownership transparency of legal persons). In March 2022, the FATF agreed on tougher global beneficial ownership standards in its Recommendation 24 by requiring countries to ensure that competent authorities have access to adequate, accurate and … Continue Reading

FATF publishes Plenary outcomes

On 24 February 2023, the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) published the outcomes of its Plenary on 22-24 February 2023. On 24 February 2023, the second Plenary of the FATF under the Presidency of T. Raja Kumar of Singapore concluded. Delegates from over 200 jurisdictions of the global network participated in these discussions at the FATF … Continue Reading

Wolfsberg Group publishes updated Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire

On 10 February 2023, the Wolfsberg Group published version 1.4 of the Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire (CBDDQ) and version 1.2 of the Financial Crime Compliance Questionnaire (FCCQ), along with updated supporting Guidance, Glossary and FAQs documents. The CBDDQ update includes a new section on fraud and additional questions related to whistleblower policy, virtual bank … Continue Reading

FATF consults on guidance on beneficial ownership

On 26 October 2022, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) launched a public consultation on its guidance on beneficial ownership. At the March 2022 Plenary, the FATF adopted amendments to Recommendation 24, and agreed to immediately start the work to update guidance on beneficial ownership with a view to help support the implementation of the … Continue Reading

FATF consults on the revision of Recommendation 25 and its interpretive note on the transparency and beneficial ownership of legal arrangements

On 26 October 2022, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) launched a public consultation on Recommendation 25 and its interpretive note (R.25/INR.25) on the transparency and beneficial ownership of legal arrangements. The FATF is also considering amending the definition of beneficial ownership in the glossary to provide more clarity regarding legal arrangements. The FATF’s objective … Continue Reading

Wolfsberg Group best practice guidance on transaction monitoring RFIs

On 23 August 2022, the Wolfsberg Group published best practice guidance on requests for information (RFIs) initiated as a result of transaction monitoring. An RFI is used when a correspondent (or any other provider of payment services) is seeking to understand the background of a transaction that has been processed through an account or relationship … Continue Reading

Partnering in the Fight Against Financial Crime: Data Protection, Technology and Private Sector Information Sharing

On 20 July 2022, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issued a report intended to help jurisdictions enhance, design and implement information collaboration initiatives among private sector entities in accordance with data protection and privacy (DPP) rules so that the risks associated with increased sharing of personal data are appropriately taken into account. The report … Continue Reading
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