Pressure Points: Covid-19 and Fraud

Covid-19 restrictions are being slowly eased, but the impact of the pandemic and related lockdown measures on financial crime risk and on related compliance measures continues to be a high priority for business. In our April briefing, we analysed the impact of the restrictions on the UK criminal justice system – in particular, the practical issues facing law enforcement agencies (LEAs), the courts and the prison service. Read more

HSF trust companies survey: anti-money laundering compliance in focus

Between November 2019 and January 2020 the HSF private wealth and charities team conducted a survey of trust companies. In this briefing, we discuss and contextualise the results of the AML section of our survey, examining the specific aspects of AML compliance trust companies said that they are struggling with, and what they are doing to address them. Read more

Will CBDCs be the public sector response to GSCs in the UK and EU?

As consumers use cash to make payments less frequently, and fintech firms offer new forms of money and new ways to make payments, central banks globally are considering how they should respond and whether they too should innovate to meet new payment needs in an increasingly digital economy. Read more

OFAC, State Department, and Coast Guard Issue New Guidance About Sanctions Evasion Practices in Shipping Industry

On May 14, 2020, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the US Department of State, and US Coast Guard issued a Sanctions Advisory for the Maritime Industry, Energy and Metal Sectors, and Related Communities (the "Advisory"). The Advisory focuses on Iran, North Korea, and Syria, and offers information about, and tools to combat, emerging trends related to illicit shipping and sanctions evasion practices. Read more

Corporate Crime update – Spring 2020

Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Read more

No “directing mind and will” found in SFO prosecution of Barclays

Two courts have dismissed charges against Barclays plc and Barclays Bank plc (together Barclays) relating to events flowing from the 2008 global financial crisis.  They found that senior executives, including the CEO and CFO, did not represent the required “directing mind and will” of Barclays in the circumstances. Read more