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A new study reveals whistleblowing arrangements in UK and European companies


Fresh legislative initiatives and large scandals are thrusting whistleblowing on to the corporate agenda. However, how companies approach internal whistleblowing arrangements varies significantly across Europe. This is according to the Whistleblowing Report 2019 published by the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur in Switzerland and EQS Group.....More

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How new technologies help prevent money laundering


$2 trillion – that’s the amount of illicit funds estimated to be laundered through financial institutions annually. Worse, financial crime appears to be increasing (see the latest from Insight for the reasons behind the rise). In response, Europol estimate that banks globally are spending $260 billion each year in financial crime defences to combat the issue.

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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Human trafficking – how technology and collaboration can help combat the issue


Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing and most widespread criminal activities in the world.

Correspondent banking – why it's important to understand the risks


Money laundering scandals have been all over the news recently, with banks such as Danske and Swedbank....More

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Irish stockbroker enforcement action: What were the issues and why do they matter?


On 8 May 2019, the Central Bank of Ireland found Campbell O’Connor & Company, a private client stockbrokers

Why collaboration is vital to combat money laundering


Great strides forward have been made in the general awareness....More

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Learning at Work Week 2019


Knowledge has a beginning but no end

[Infographic] 6 tips to help you on your study journey


'An investment in knowledge pays the best interest' - Benjamin Franklin....More

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Monetary Authority of Singapore launches debut enforcement report


The Monetary Authority of Singapore details enforcement actions and key initiatives as it launches debut enforcement report.

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.....More

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Anti-corruption compliance programmes have never been more important


Take a moment to look beyond the turbulence of current affairs and traverse the terrain of a global anti-corruption trends monitor. What you will see, may surprise you.

Standard Chartered $1.1 billion enforcement action: what lessons can we learn?


It was announced that Standard Chartered has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to US regulators and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). What lessons can we learn from this?....More

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Meet an ICA member: Micaela Madureira


“Just because you do not work in a multinational organisation does not mean that ICA is not suitable for you. I would say it is exactly the opposite. If you belong to a smaller organisation, it is likely you frequently miss the opportunity to

6 tips to help you on your study journey


You have enrolled onto your new ICA training course, printed your training manual, and are now eager to start studying and learning immediately. This is how to get more out of your study journey in 6 easy steps....More

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What are the 6 benefits of studying for an ICA qualification?


Whether you’re new to the industry or taking the next step in your career, it’s important to choose the best compliance training possible. We have put together the top benefits of studying for an ICA qualification & advancing your career.

Understanding complex company structures – solving the puzzle


When it comes to customer due diligence (CDD) - what challenges do AML professionals in financial institutions face?....More

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How many languages does a financial crime professional need to speak?


Virtual currencies, cybercrime and Trumponomics, to name just a few, present interesting dilemmas: to what extent should we be conversant in these areas in order to fully understand the financial crime risks associated with them?

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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5 ways to help establish a fraud-averse environment


When correctly motivated, employees remain honest and become the most effective frontline defence against the fraudster. Employees become motivated when they believe that:

Which ICA qualification is right for me?


This is the question I get asked the most. With ICA Briefing Sessions in full swing at the moment, it seemed like it was worth addressing. So what do I tell you? Essentially, there are two main pieces of advice I normally focus on when discussing ICA qualifications....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

Corruption Perceptions Index – do movements in the middle also reflect the regulatory environment?


The new Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has been released and you can see the results here. The Index is used in many financial crime models and is a highly regarded tool for geographic risk insight.....More

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The UK’s anti money laundering regime – A time for celebration?


Mutual evaluations from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) are big news within the anti money laundering (AML) community; its peer reviews provide insight into the AML framework of a country, the key risks that it faces and how those risks are managed.

Skills and Attributes of an AML Professional - Infographic


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 an AML professional may need....More

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10 ways to instil a culture of compliance


Despite significant investment in compliance, we still see incidents where things go wrong. In many cases the root cause is the wrong culture and values. How do you drive the right culture across your organisation? How do you ensure everyone is accountable for compliance matters? Below we provide some tips to help support a successful compliance ‘change programme’.

South America: can a continent conquer corruption in 2019?


US politics inevitably tends to attract greater scrutiny than anywhere else in the Americas. Regrettably, this often obscures that which is unfolding in the southern half of the continent, where very interesting – often odd, sometimes distressing – events are taking place. Last year was a case in point.....More

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Top 5 fines of 2018: Lessons Learned from Enforcement Action


As Father Christmas prepares his list of who has been naughty or nice, I thought it would be interesting to take look at enforcement action in 2018 from around the world and consider some New Year’s resolutions that compliance professionals may want to make in 2019.

Navigating the bribery risk this Christmas


Christmas – the season of gifts and giving. Nobody needs reminding that we already hurtling our way full speed towards the Big Day, but for businesses it is the time of year when a useful reminder on the dangers of bribery is required.....More

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Meet an ICA member: Sheila Patel


I am a Senior Compliance professional with extensive skills, knowledge and expertise of the regulatory landscape and systems and controls, gained through 17+ years’ experience within the financial services industry.

Meet an ICA Member: Paul Byrne


I’m Paul Byrne, MICA and Compliance Manager at RA International in Dubai. I’m also an ICA alumni having studied the ICA International Diploma in Compliance and graduating with a Merit. I’ve been a member of the ICA since 15 September 2015.....More

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Meet an ICA member: Robert Dagg


I’ve worked in financial services for 30 years across a range of roles in front office and support functions, leading sizeable teams with multiple jurisdiction responsibilities. I joined the ICA two years ago as a Fellow after graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance. I’m also a member of the ICA Technical Advisory Board.

Governance in Japan: Going, going, Ghosn


Carlos Ghosn has his own comic book, The True Story of Carlos Ghosn. It ran as a strip in the manga Big Comic Superior in Japan in 2001, before being published as a book the following year. In a country obsessed with comic books, Ghosn having his own should give you an idea of the reverence in which he is held for reviving the ailing carmaker Nissan after his arrival in 1999.....More

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Meet an ICA member: Robert Dagg


I’ve worked in financial services for 30 years across a range of roles in front office and support functions, leading sizeable teams with multiple jurisdiction responsibilities. I joined the ICA two years ago as a Fellow after graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance. I’m also a member of the ICA Technical Advisory Board.

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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Meet an ICA member: Jonathan Harris-Moss


If I’d been asked earlier in my working life to consider a career in compliance, I might have turned my nose up on the grounds that I was trying to become one of those ‘creative types’, unrestricted by rules. Fast forward several years and here I am in 2018, a fairly new entrant into the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) profession.

How much do businesses know about competition law?


The CMA and the ICA are collaborating to ensure that together we can #StopCartels....More

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What I learned during my year as a student


At International Compliance Training we try always to underline the virtues of learning. To show you that we practice what we preach, I want to share my own experience as a student over the last twelve months.

Meet an ICA Member: Paul Byrne


I’m Paul Byrne, MICA and Compliance Manager at RA International in Dubai. I’m also an ICA alumni having studied the ICA International Diploma in Compliance and graduating with a Merit. I’ve been a member of the ICA since 15 September 2015.....More

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How to use a football club to launder money


Identify a football club in distress

Meet an ICA member: Anastasia Savvateeva


Anastasia Savvateeva is a former compliance officer for the Compliance & Risk Management department with KPMG France, and now Anti-Financial Crime & AML Compliance Officer for Deutsche Bank France. Originally from the Ukraine, she has been living in Paris for 8 years having grew up and studied in Moscow.....More

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[Infographic] FATF Reports in Brief: Human Trafficking Infographic


In August this year, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a new report that aims to raise awareness and provide an updated and more precise understanding of the financial flows related to human trafficking.

Who is speaking at the Big Compliance Conversation: Singapore Conference?


Live events, done well, can be unparalleled for learning and professional growth. So who is speaking at the Big Compliance Conversation: Singapore Conference?....More

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A look at the illicit financial flows from wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade


On 11–12 October, the UK government is hosting the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London. This conference aims to tackle illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organised crime.

Mental Health in a Changing World


October 10 is World Mental Health Day. One of the themes this year is ‘mental health in a changing world’.....More

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Meet an ICA member: James Leake


As the Global Head of Financial Crime Risk Screening for AML, counter terrorist financing, PEPs and adverse media at HSBC in London, James Leake knows a thing or two about compliance. Let's meet James and take on board his sage advice.

The creeping legalisation of cannabis: compliance lessons from the US ”green rush”


Inconsistent laws, political tension and ambiguous banking regulation. What next?....More

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5 ways to become a better influencer


As compliance professionals are becoming increasingly integral advisors to the business, to be competent and impactful in your role ‘influencing’ is a must have skill. But where do you start?

International news and developments - August 2018


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5 best practice tips for training in AML and Compliance


Increased regulatory expectations, rising standards and best practice now makes it clear that rapidly clicking through a computer based training course does not mean people have been given the right skills to tackle the complex issues facing regulated firms today.

Meet an ICA Member: Muhammad Rizwan Khan


Who are our members and what can we learn from them?....More

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How to make third-party risk management less painful


Collecting all the information required to manage your compliance programme is not only time consuming but can be costly. So, how exactly do we propose to make this less painful?

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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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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Is your employer investing in your professional development?


'It is better to know how to learn than to know’ – Dr Seuss.

International news and developments - July 2018


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Systemic failures in the betting and gaming sector


The betting and gaming sector has been the recipient of a number of financial penalties over the last eighteen months for a lack of compliance with statutory and regulatory measures

Getting the measure: the SMCR challenge


David Jackman highlights the challenges associated with efforts to measure whether the SMCR is working....More

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Between the lines: The transformation of the AML landscape


The landscape of financial crime risk has been transformed in recent years with ever-increasing lapses in the anti-money laundering (AML) risk controls of global financial institutions.

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?....More

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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.

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

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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Your career, your way: 7 ways to find the right professional qualification


In an environment that changes continually, it’s important to have the right toolkit to perform your duties confidently and competently. As a result of this ever-changing environment, qualifications become an essential part of your career trajectory.

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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How important is company culture?


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

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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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?

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.....More

International news and developments - May 2018


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.....More

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The changing face of compliance


In this article, Keeley Fitzsimmons, Training & Development Manager at Broadgate Search, provides an insightful overview of what employers are looking for from Compliance teams.

Starting a career in compliance - Part 1


There’s a whole world of professional paths out there. Yet a lot of kids seem to dream of the same options: ‘when I grow up I want to be a vet, doctor, firefighter, police officer’. These are all admirable options, but not many say ‘I want to work in compliance’. Not yet, anyway.....More

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.

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

International news and developments - April 2018


EU fifth anti money laundering directive (5MLD)


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

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How high risk is trade finance?


What is trade finance and is it really as high-risk as it is often perceived?

What does being a member of ICA do for you as a compliance professional?


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Which ICA qualification is right for me?


We get asked a lot of questions about ICA qualifications. That makes sense given our role as a training provider. The questions range from ‘will this qualification land me a new role?’ to ‘what course is right for me?’. While we are always happy to have a chat about options and suitability, and make recommendations, fundamentally the qualification you select has to be your decision.

Are we becoming a cashless society?


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

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The Financial Conduct Authority publishes 2018/19 business plan


The FCA’s business plan for this year has had to strike a careful balance between the considerable amount of work that is going to be taking place on Brexit, which is already well underway, and their other strategic priorities.

International news and developments - March 2018


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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.

Breaking with Tradition: Rethinking Financial Crime Policy Management


In the wake of the Criminal Finances Act 2017, what is the future of financial crime policy management? Within the realm of financial crime policy management, there is an established and traditional approach to responding to legislative evolutions. As required by regulations, the first and fundamental step is the establishment and maintenance of policies, controls and procedures to mitigate and manage risk (UK Money Laundering Regulations 2017).....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.

5 reasons to recertify your ICA Diploma


For the first time, we are delighted to offer our Diploma graduates the opportunity to recertify their qualification in either AML, governance risk and compliance or financial crime prevention.....More

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Why is it important to know your customer?


Do you ever truly know your customer? And, if you don't does it really matter?

International news and developments - February 2018


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Money Laundering & Financial Crime: Typology Update 2018


It’s been a few months since I last did one of these and wrote about the Pakistan Lottery Typology. There’s been a few things which have caught my eye since then so I thoughts I’d share them. No particular order. I’ll look at some similarities at the end though.

Will an ICA qualification get me a job?


One of the most frequently asked questions is ‘will an ICA qualification get me a job?’. This hardly comes as a surprise.....More

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The #MeToo Movement: What lessons can we learn in the compliance community?


Over the past months, the world has witnessed a rise of an unprecedented global movement against sexual harassment and assault. It's time to rethink what constitutes a harassment-free workplace environment and revisit your anti-harassment policies, fostering a cultural shift in attitudes to this issue.

How many languages does a financial crime professional need to speak?


It seems not a day goes by at the moment without some mention of Bitcoin, cybercrime, political machinations, Brexit, global instability or the drivers of radicalisation, amongst other things. On top of this, there are even TV dramas about most of these subjects.....More

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2018: elections, cybercrime, Bitcoin and bribery


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

International news and developments - January 2018


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The rise of the unregulated online gambling industry


Should the anti-money laundering (AML) community be concerned at the prevalence of such Bitcoin services, and their open lack of regard to customer due diligence (CDD) controls?

Cryptocurrency prices and money laundering – Is there a link?


As Bitcoin prices rose from $1,000 to $19,000, Ethereum from $8 to $715 and Ripple XRP up from $0.0064 to $3.79 in under 12 months, I found myself wondering, can this all be true? What is the story behind these obscene gains? Is this a wonder drug promising immortality to mankind?....More

5 reasons why your employer should invest in your professional development


Uncertainty in regulated sectors, as well as the proliferation of change, often leaves compliance professionals feeling that they cannot keep apace of these rapid changes.

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