International news and developments - January 2018

Written by Jason Morris on Tuesday February 6, 2018

UK Region

FCA fines and bans former RBS trader

FCA warns of increased risk of online investment fraud

Report into RBS misconduct will be made public

Major cyber-attack on UK a matter of ‘when, not if’

London ‘the money laundering capital of the world’

FCA fines Interactive Investor for poor market abuse controls

New UK AML supervisory body, OPBAS, launched

Reports of suspicious money activities are down

Santander’s fake ‘money mule’ job advert convinces 32% of Brits to take illegal job

Estate agents huge fines under money laundering and tax evasion laws

Building cyber resilience

The government has a gaping black hole in its money laundering defences


EMEA Region

Civil servant jailed for selling personal data

Head of Nigerian anti-corruption court…charged with bribery

Companies in Africa ‘unprepared’ for GDPR compliance, report says

European Commission publishes factsheet on GDPR

ECB official calls for tax on bitcoin transactions


APAC Region

South Korea sways cryptocurrency price

Samsung chairman released on appeal on corruption charges

US warns Hong Kong over North Korea money laundering

Monetary Authority of Singapore consults on changes to AML/CFT requirements for money-changing and remittance business

Australian supervisor controls on amendments to AML law

Japan’s banks secure access to police agency database

Former Hong Kong home affairs secretary denies leading bribery scheme

Singapore in crackdown on white collar crime

Australia a safe haven for illicit funds


North America Region

SEC publishes joint statement with CFTC on virtual currency enforcement action

US Senate Committee met in open session to discuss strengthening BSA Enforcement

Metropolitan bank halts international cryptocurrency-related wire transfers

How Trump made millions selling condos to unknown buyers


LATAM Region

FATF publishes mutual evaluation report on Mexico

Latin Americans go to the polls in 2018, with corruption on the mind

Panama investigates $40m corruption ring



US urges Caribbean to seriously tackle money laundering in the region

Panama signs CRS agreement



The African Union starts 2018 with anti-corruption campaign

Tribert Rujugiro: Africa’s kingpin of fraud and smuggling



Financial Action Task Force publishes report on Financing of Recruitment for Terrorist Purposes

How global regulators are cracking down on financial crime

World Economic Forum publishes report on cyber resilience 

Four reasons why cryptocurrencies will continue to crash

Bitflyer launches and becomes the first bitcoin exchange to be regulated in Japan, US and Europe


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