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How much do businesses know about competition law?


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

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?

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.....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.

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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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.

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

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.

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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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.

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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EU fifth anti money laundering directive (5MLD)


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

How high risk is trade finance?


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

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.....More

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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.

Why is it important to know your customer?


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

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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.

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.....More

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2018: elections, cybercrime, Bitcoin and bribery


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

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?....More

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The importance of tone from the top and why it should not be underestimated


As firms continue to navigate the labyrinthine minefield of legislation and regulation and claw their way up the evolutionary ladder of compliance with standards that appear to have moving goal posts, ‘tone from the top’ has never been more important.

Five things you need to know about Bitcoin


Bitcoin has taken the world by storm; Simone Jones shares what she has learnt about cryptocurrency over the course of the last year.....More

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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?

Why policy makers should shoulder responsibility for UK failings


In November 2017, Transparency International (TI) published the report Hiding in Plain Sight which further highlighted the attractiveness of UK Plc to those that wish to launder the proceeds of corruption or value of other criminal origin.....More

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Blurring the lines: how technology is shaping illicit finance typologies


As technological innovation sweeps the financial sector, the compliance professional faces developments of huge consequence.

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.....More

Happy Thanksgiving Day: top 5 US blogs of 2017


Thanksgiving Day is upon us, and in celebration of the annual harvest, we have collated our top five blogs with US origins. Let’s take a retrospective look at our favourite blogs from the last year, with a keen focus on the United States.

A turning tide? Terrorism and the Caribbean


How many of us, if we were then asked to think of terrorism and the Caribbean, would think back to the bygone era of piracy; of Calico Jack and mutiny on the seas? This era ended around the 1830s so surely terrorism is something that now happens outside of the Caribbean, doesn’t it?....More

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