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    28 September 2017

    Are Bitcoin addresses shell companies in disguise?

    Anonymity, discretion and confidentiality: terminology often associated with shell companies incorporated in jurisdictions with high secrecy laws. However, does the virtual economy – notably Bitcoin, the de facto currency of choice – facilitate the very same mechanisms that criminals attempt to abuse? This brief article will explore some of the key similarities between a shell company and a Bitcoin address, with a view to answering the question ‘Are Bitcoin addresses shell companies in disguise?’....More

    Words by Kane Pepi

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    22 September 2017

    New York: Leading the fight against crime

    New York has been capturing the imagination and the attention of the world for well over 100 years. It’s a city like no other; its intoxicating pull is felt by both residents and non-residents alike. It has also long been a source of inspiration for those looking to fight crime: in the Superhero world, Marvel’s Spiderman, The Avengers and The Defenders all call New York home. Some people believe that Metropolis and Gotham, home to Superman and Batman, are also based on New York.....More

    Words by Simone Jones

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    21 August 2017

    Defining an EU FinTech strategy – where are we now?

    Technological innovation is ceaselessly impacting on many key sectors of our lives, and the financial industry is not immune to it. European institutions are aware that technology-enabled and technology-supported financial services (FinTech) represents a great opportunity for the financial industry.....More

    Words by Nicola Vaccari

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    11 August 2017

    Biometrics, cash and the end of money laundering as we know it?

    As the technology to facilitate cashless transactions becomes more widespread, it can play an important role in know-your-customer and anti-money laundering efforts.....More

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    14 June 2016

    Reporting Suspicions of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Spotlight on the Netherlands

    At the International Compliance Association, we regularly find ourselves discussing money laundering and related issues. The reporting of suspicious transactions is a topic that often crops up and we’ve recently done some work around different reporting regimes around the world, how figures from different countries compare, whether national challenges are similar and if there are similarities in the entities submitting the highest number of reports. As a result, I took a closer look at the Netherlands.....More

    Words by Mary Munford

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    6 May 2016

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

    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.....More

    Words by Simone Jones

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    6 May 2016

    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.....More

    Words by Jason Morris

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    6 May 2016

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

    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.....More

    Words by Mary Munford

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    29 October 2015

    OECD: tax and anti money laundering bodies need to step up joint working

    Joined-up thinking is something it’s hard to argue against. But while it’s a great idea in theory, co-operation, communication and collaboration don’t always materialise on an in-house basis, let alone where different organisations are involved, even if they are pursuing similar aims.....More

    Words by Mary Munford

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    27 May 2015

    The FIFA Story, Part 1

    We awoke this morning to news that several FIFA officials had been arrested for corruption in ‘dawn raids’ at a Zurich hotel. I’m sure that we woke up a little more gently than those officials who had a knock on their hotel room door!....More

    Words by Andrew Clarke

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    20 May 2015

    Compliance: in demand

    It’s been said before, but for those in search of a career that is both challenging and rewarding there has never been a better time to work in compliance. The challenges come in the form of the abundance and complexity of current and forthcoming regulations, increasing scrutiny and greater enforcement activity; the rewards through the growing demand that this has created for skilled compliance professionals.....More

    Words by James Thomas

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    22 October 2013

    Stick, twist or fold? How best to manage emerging trends and best practice in money laundering and terrorist financing

    I was delighted to represent the International Compliance Association at the Compliance Officer conference in Warsaw recently which focussed on the subject of new payment technologies and emerging money laundering and terrorist financing risk management.....More

    Words by Lee Byrne

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    2 May 2013

    An introduction to Financial Crime

    Financial Crime has recently emerged as a hot topic of late and I feel it is something that should be brought to the general public’s attention. Here in Singapore we are launching, for the first time in the region, the ICA Financial Crime qualifications, giving us a great platform to start looking at this area in a little more detail.....More

    Words by Dione Schick

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    10 December 2012

    Offshore secrets highlight the need for transparency and strong oversight

    The UK Guardian’s “Offshore secrets” series, and BBC Panorama’s concurrent investigation into the burgeoning trade in sham directorships, provided some fascinating (albeit depressing) reading/viewing for anyone interested in the prevention and detection of financial crime.....More

    Words by James Thomas

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    27 February 2012

    New Law – new guidance (Hong Kong)

    Following on from my first blog describing the new Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance (AMLO) in Hong Kong that takes effect on 1st April 2012, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) which regulates banks in Hong Kong published its revised “Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing” on 27th January.....More

    Words by Jeremy Platts

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    17 February 2012

    Don't they say that life begins at 40? FATF believe so.

    So it has arrived – the revised version of the FATF 40 + 9 and what do we see? I am sure I will not be the only blog or commentary on this issue, and I definitely need to take a more in depth look, but I thought I would share my very initial observations and thoughts.....More

    Words by Anthony Beckett

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    8 February 2012

    Madoff the movie - a story that you couldn't make up

    This year Hollywood star Robert De Niro is set to star as disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, in an HBO movie which he will also produce. The case of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is pretty stunning and is referenced in ICA's Financial Crime Prevention Diploma material. As far as I know, Mr De Niro has not taken the ICA Diploma (as yet, but his application is most welcome).....More

    Words by Dave Robson

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