Sanctions and Money Laundering

US to reinstate certain actions against Cuba

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced a policy framework for the re-imposition of certain US sanctions with respect to Cuba. In particular, the United States' new policy will restore certain restrictions with respect to American investments in the Cuban … Continue reading

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US Senate votes to impose new sanctions on Iran

The US Senate has voted to impose an array of new sanctions with respect to Iran, related to Iran's alleged activity concerning its ballistic missile program, international terrorism, and arms supply and training. The bill serves as a reminder that, … Continue reading

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US Senate approves Russia sanctions amendment

A bipartisan US Senate coalition has approved a wide-ranging package of new Russia-related sanctions as an amendment to the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 ("S.722" or "Iran Sanctions Bill") currently pending before Congress. The changes contemplated by these provisions-dubbed-Countering … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime Monthly Update – June 2017

Welcome to the June 2017 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions.

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The UK Government announces consultation on sanctions post-Brexit

The two year process of the UK's exit from the EU formally began on 29 March 2017 with notice being given under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union of the UK's intention to leave the EU. One … Continue reading

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US state department extends Iran JCPOA waivers but emphasises Human Rights, missile issues

On May 17, 2017, the day on which the US State Department made its semi-annual report to Congress under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA), the State Department announced that the current administration continues to … Continue reading

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Criminal Finances Bill receives royal assent

The Criminal Finances Bill 2016-17 received royal assent on Thursday 27 April. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the Act), which has not yet come into force in its entirety, will introduce two new corporate offences of "failure to prevent facilitation … Continue reading

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New UK financial sanctions enforcement powers come into force

On 1 April 2017, Part 8 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (the “Act”) came into force, introducing new powers for HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (“OFSI”) to enforce financial sanctions in the UK.

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SFC and HKMA continue to prioritise AML/CFT compliance with six new disciplinary actions in Hong Kong

Since early March 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in Hong Kong have collectively taken disciplinary actions against five regulated entities and an individual relating to breaches of anti-money laundering (AML) and … Continue reading

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Hong Kong SFC urges intermediaries to review compliance with AML/CFT requirements following identification of deficiencies

On 26 January 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular (with Appendix 1, Appendix 2 and Appendix 3) highlighting its concerns regarding compliance by licensed corporations (LCs) and associated entities (AEs) with anti-money laundering and counter financing … Continue reading

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