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    20 November 2018

    Negative news screening in the fake news era

    The Trump administration’s fractured relationship with the US media has prompted much talk on the freedom of the press. Outright hostility towards journalists encourages a cynicism towards the press that clearly chimes with the president’s electoral base, many of whom consider the media nothing but a megaphone for vested interests....More

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    5 November 2018

    Guy Fawkes Night: Celebrating counter-terrorism

    Guy Fawkes Night celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot to kill King James I at the Palace of Westminster on November 5, 1605. There’s something modern, and therefore something we recognise, in the Gunpower Plot: it featured a small group of fanatics, whose plan was wildly ambitious, violent, and spectacular in its execution....More

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    3 September 2018

    Financial crime prevention: cleaning up the world

    Over the last decade the general public has woken up to the environmental issues affecting the planet. Concerted global efforts are now in place to reduce harm caused by pollution and to cut back on waste. The cost of cleaning up the damage already inflicted is now a central focus of national governments. Below, we look at the cost of financial crime and the incredible impact its prevention could have.....More

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    10 July 2018

    Given ample opportunities, Canara’s inadequate action led to FCA fine

    The £896,100 fine recently imposed on Canara Bank by the FCA is a useful example of the thinking behind penalties issued by the UK regulator.....More

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    18 June 2018

    The World Cup of Corruption: Part 2

    The World Cup has got off to an explosive, entertaining start. We follow up our coverage of each team’s first fixture with Part 2 of our World Cup of Corruption, looking at each nation’s ranking on Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index. Teams included in Part 2 include Sweden, Senegal, South Korea, Panama, Poland and Japan.....More

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    14 June 2018

    The World Cup of Corruption: Part 1

    Football itself – and in particular FIFA – has been beset by corruption problems over the last decade. In light of this we thought we would consider each fixture of the tournament through the lens of corruption.....More

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    22 May 2018

    Is the sun setting on BOTs tax haven status?

    An amendment to the Sanctions and Anti Money Laundering Bill was approved by the British government in May. The headline news from the amendment was that from 2020 British Overseas Territories (BOT) will be obliged to publish the beneficial owner(s) of all registered companies.....More

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    14 May 2018

    With a FATF visit looming, Hong Kong steps up AML/CFT efforts

    FATF’s mutual evaluation in Hong Kong later this year will be its first evaluation in the territory since 2007.....More

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    13 February 2018

    2018: elections, cybercrime, Bitcoin and bribery

    Unpredictability is the new normal. What does 2018 hold for our industry?....More

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    16 January 2018

    Everything you need to know about mobile financial services

    Over the last decade, mobile financial services (MFS) have been instrumental in increasing financial inclusion in developing markets. What impact does this have on financial services and the telecommunications industry?....More

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    6 November 2017

    France gets serious about anti-corruption

    Earlier this year the French government enacted Sapin II, an anti-bribery and corruption law that bolstered the country’s transparency and anti-corruption efforts. The legislation was introduced after criticism over the years of France’s anti-bribery and corruption efforts from several quarters (including the OECD). The introduction of Sapin II was the most significant initiative on anti-corruption in the country in decades.....More

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    15 September 2017

    UN Democracy Day: Latin America’s growing intolerance of corruption

    Since 2008, the UN has held its day in honour and promotion of democracy on 15 September. For a cluster of nations across Latin America, this is a date that holds a special reverence, marking their independence from colonial rule: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica all celebrate their independence day on 15 September (with Mexico’s the following day, and Chile’s three days later).....More

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    15 September 2017

    UN Democracy Day: Latin America’s growing intolerance of corruption

    Since 2008, the UN has held its day in honour and promotion of democracy on 15 September. For a cluster of nations across Latin America, this is a date that holds a special reverence, marking their independence from colonial rule: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica all celebrate their independence day on 15 September (with Mexico’s the following day, and Chile’s three days later).....More

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    14 August 2017

    How Iran circumvented US sanctions for 20 years through real estate in Manhattan

    A decade-long battle between the United States government and the owners of a New York skyscraper was concluded last month when a US jury agreed with the government’s assertion that the Alavi Foundation, the majority owners, were guilty of money laundering and violating sanctions on Iran.....More

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    17 May 2017

    FIFA: The Beautiful Game?

    Fifa, football's world governing body responsible for promoting and protecting the sport, has done more damage to the reputation of the game than any other organisation or individual.....More

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    15 May 2017

    Corruption: Perception and reality

    ICT compares results from the World Economic Forum publishes annual corruption index and Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in this Prezi presentation.....More

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    9 February 2017

    Volkswagen fraud: US issue $4.3 billion fine

    We examine the case of automotive giant Volkswagen, the most recent household name to be hit by US authorities for breaching laws and regulations.....More

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    31 January 2017

    Top FCA Fines of 2016 Infographic

    We break down combined fines of nearly £18 million issued by the Financial Conduct Authority to five top offenders in 2016.....More

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    10 January 2017

    FATF Mutual Evaluation – United States

    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released this month their first Mutual Evaluation of the United States since 2006.....More

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    6 January 2017

    Brazilian firms receive largest ever foreign bribery fines

    Odebrecht and Braskem, two Brazilian companies, have been fined at least US$3.5 billion after pleading guilty to bribing government officials.....More

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    5 December 2016

    Financial regulation in the US: an uncertain future?

    The President-elect of the United States is a man on more familiar ground on Wall Street than in Washington DC, and yet Donald Trump will surely be focusing his attention on the banks when he moves into the White House in January.....More

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    11 November 2016

    Cyprus’s economic crisis: why effective GRC is essential

    Numerous reasons have been cited for Cyprus’s economic collapse, but one of the most enduring has been the charge of weak corporate governance in Cypriot banks. The demise of the now defunct Laiki Bank, previously the second biggest bank on the island, is indicative of the weak Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) framework that existed across Cypriot financial and governmental institutions.....More

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    3 November 2016

    Greece: Could effective GRC have prevented the economic crisis?

    Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) have been shown to be interconnected concepts. Applied effectively in a business, they can reduce costs, cut inefficiency and improve communication throughout an organisation; GRC can help ensure a businesses’ goals and objectives are better defined, the company structure improved and regulations properly adhered to. Indeed, strong GRC lays the foundations for potential company growth.....More

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    1 November 2016

    Ireland concerned Brexit will damage anti money laundering efforts

    Britain’s referendum on withdrawal from the European Union sent convulsions across Europe, and the uncertainty that the decision to leave triggered across the continent is felt nowhere more keenly than in Ireland. The Irish National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering (ML) and Terrorist Financing (TF) makes this explicitly clear; Brexit makes up a third of the ML/TF risk-enhancing factors for the Irish state.....More

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