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Insight : Jason Morris

Jason Morris

Is financial crime on the increase?


At the recent City Week International Financial Services Forum in London, one of the panel sessions focused on the evolution of financial crime, and a statistic highlighted during the session struck a chord with me.....More

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Compliance culture – What is the challenge?


Compliance culture, especially in financial services, is a really important element that can impact on the wider cultural challenges that a firm could face.

10 year challenge – Middle East and North Africa


Ten years ago, the Middle East was a different place to the one that we see today. You only have to look at a picture of the Dubai skyline in 2008 and compare it to the current one to appreciate the aesthetic changes that have taken place. But it has not only changed aesthetically: the regulatory progress in the region’s financial sector has been equally discernable.....More

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[Infographic] Skills and Attributes of a Compliance Officer


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in anti money laundering (AML)? If you currently work in AML, have you considered how your own skills measure up? Here’s a quick look at some of the skills and attributes that a compliance professional may need

International news and developments - August 2018


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The fundamentals of integrity


Integrity is hard to pin down. We know that some people have it and some people don’t, but in terms of one’s character, true integrity, particularly in adults, is fixed.

More focus required on professional money launderers


The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has recently produced a report looking at the ways in which individuals and organisations, known as professional money launderers (PMLs), are charging fees or commission for providing a money laundering service to criminals.....More

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Pakistan added to FATF Grey List


The FATF’s International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) identified four key areas of concern in respect of Pakistan; can these be resolved?

Are multinationals supporting terrorist financing?


French firm Lafarge, a major producer of cement, construction aggregates and concrete, is the subject of a formal investigation by French authorities over allegations of terrorist financing, violating international sanctions and committing crimes against humanity.....More

International news and developments - June 2018


Is the UK going cashless?


A recent Guardian article has found the cashless approach to be increasingly popular, particularly with businesses in the food and drink sector it seems. Where does that leave pounds, shilling and pence?....More

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How important is company culture?


What is company culture and why does it matter so much?

The skills and attributes of a compliance officer


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in compliance? If you currently work in compliance, have you considered how your own skills measure up?....More

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Bitcoin and the ongoing money laundering risk


Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, will continue to challenge the way in which we conduct financial transactions - and ultimately how we tackle the issue of money laundering risk.

International news and developments - May 2018


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With the US out of the Iran deal, the EU considers ‘Blocking Regulation’


In 2015, an agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was drawn up in which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of UN, US and EU sanctions.

International news and developments - April 2018


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EU fifth anti money laundering directive (5MLD)


Here’s an insight into some of the changes put forward in this fifth and latest update.

Are we becoming a cashless society?


Biometric technology, contactless cards and online shopping. Is this the beginning of the end for cash?....More

International news and developments - March 2018


SMCR Extension – What do I need to know?


You could be forgiven for thinking that the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) is old news – been there, done that, move on to the next thing. This could well be the case if you work in the banking sector, but for the rest of the financial services fraternity it is most definitely up there on the ‘things to do’ list.....More

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The RegTech and FinTech Revolution


RegTech is now one of the most talked about innovations in the financial services sector. The added influx of FinTech that has caused the incumbent population of the financial services industry to sit up and take notice. Disruption is a clear and present threat to this community. The revolution is here.

International news and developments - February 2018


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International news and developments - January 2018


What is a KYC analyst?


What exactly is required of a KYC analyst? What are the specific duties and responsibilities that make up this key compliance function?....More

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United Kingdom Anti-Corruption Strategy 2017-2022


The UK Government recently published their strategy for addressing the effects of corruption across the UK, which will provide a framework to guide the government’s anti-corruption policies and actions. It also underpins the current government’s strengthened focus on economic crime. We thought we’d take a look at some of the key elements.

International news and developments - November 2017


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International news and developments - October 2017


Money Laundering and North Korea


I read an article recently that highlighted how North Korea is using Hong Kong to launder their criminal proceeds. The article described the use of shell companies established in the region that provide the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the official name of North Korea) with access to the global financial system. Severe international sanctions are in place to restrict this access to North Korea, so any advantage they can gain is really important for them to maintain the best access they can.....More

International news & developments - July 2017


Cronyism and Corruption in South Africa


South Africa is undoubtedly a success story, from its lush wine lands which produce world class wines, diamond mines producing gems sold all over the world, to the Kruger National Park, which is populated by big game and is a huge magnet for tourists. South Africa seems to have it all, so why is its leader getting it so wrong? And what effect could this have on how the country is perceived around the world?....More

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Skills and attributes of a compliance officer


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in compliance? If you currently work in compliance, have you considered how your own skills measure up?

Gibraltar and Brexit – Rock and a Hard Place?


Brexit has been a huge story all year, and will continue to be so throughout 2017 as Article 50 is triggered. Living and working here in the UK, I’m constantly bombarded with opinions telling me what the potential impact of leaving the EU could have on me and my family’s future. But what about the UK overseas territories? Gibraltar, for example, which, from memory, was the first region to declare their results from the EU referendum on June 23rd - voted an overwhelming 96% for the ‘Remain’ side. What are the implications of the overall result for this unique part of the UK?....More

Beneficial ownership: A new era of openness? (Gibraltar)


Beneficial ownership is a phrase likely to leave the average person baffled and probably not very bothered. But it’s a concept set to attract much more interest over the coming months and years, thanks to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, and the central registers of beneficial owners that it will introduce.

Leicester City FC – A benchmark of good culture?


I, along with almost everyone in the country (save, perhaps, for a small section of North London), have probably been celebrating Leicester City’s Premier League success alongside the good people of Leicester. It’s one of those events that come around every now and again, which allows us all to jump on board the ‘feel-good express.’....More

All change on cash? Tackling money laundering through cash transaction limits in Germany


A good way to get an eye-catching headline these days is to carry out some research predicting the death of cash, now that we are all abandoning notes and coins in favour of smartphone apps, contactless cards and mobile payments.

Corruption – is perception reality? (Germany)


“All power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord Acton.....More

Beneficial ownership: A new era of openness? (Germany)


Beneficial ownership is a phrase likely to leave the average person baffled and probably not very bothered. But it’s a concept set to attract much more interest over the coming months and years, thanks to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, and the central registers of beneficial owners that it will introduce.

Reporting Suspicions of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – The German Perspective


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Vulnerable Customers and Conduct Risk


The Telegraph wrote an article this week entitled “Banks ordered to treat vulnerable customers with empathy”, which looked at a problem that exists in banking where vulnerable customers are still being treated poorly.

Single Criminality vs Dual Criminality


I came across an article recently that reported on a money laundering conviction in Thailand in which a Dutchman, Johan van Laarhoven, received a prison sentence of 103 years. Now, on the face of it Van Laarhoven elicits no sympathy from me, if you’re involved in money laundering you deserve to face the consequences, right?....More

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Single Criminality vs Dual Criminality


I came across an article recently that reported on a money laundering conviction in Thailand in which a Dutchman, Johan van Laarhoven, received a prison sentence of 103 years. Now, on the face of it Van Laarhoven elicits no sympathy from me, if you’re involved in money laundering you deserve to face the consequences, right?

Digitisation, Trust and Regulation


I attended the BBA conference last week in London, it was a pretty long day but well worth the effort. There’s some exciting changes facing the banking sector over the next few years and many of these were discussed at the event. The three areas highlighted as being the key challenges for the sector include:....More

RBS - What the annual results tell us


As a neat follow up to Dave Robson’s blog earlier this week (view here), which provided a succinct analysis on two key areas of the HSBC annual report, risk and legal proceedings, here’s my take on the RBS 2014 results released yesterday. Bearing in mind you and I (the UK taxpayer) own almost four-fifths of RBS; it’s an opportune time to find out how they are performing, particularly around risk.

Enforcement: Change the Record


It’s the same old song. Not The Four Tops classic (although you’ll probably be humming the tune for the rest of the day now) but my feelings about an article I recently read that has resulted in a depressingly familiar stance by an international organisation.....More

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