Sanctions and Money Laundering

HKMA CONDUCTS THEMATIC REVIEW OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS’ SANCTIONS SCREENING SYSTEMS AND PLANS REVIEW OF SVF LICENSEES

Late last week, the HKMA published a circular to provide feedback to authorised institutions (AIs) on its thematic review of their sanctions screening systems, which took place in the past few months. While the review indicated that the screening systems examined were in … Continue reading

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US ANNOUNCES NEW RUSSIA SANCTIONS DESIGNATIONS, RELEASES NEW GUIDANCE

On April 6, 2018, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced new designations of seven high-net-worth Russian individuals and 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian … Continue reading

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Transparency and the ownership of foreign companies – BEIS response to Call for Evidence

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published the response to its Call for Evidence on the creation of a register of ownership and control of foreign companies that purchase property in the UK or enter into … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime update – March 2018

Welcome to the March 2018 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. For the full update on each jurisdiction, … Continue reading

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INSPIRED BY THE UK REGIME, SINGAPORE INTRODUCES DEFERRED PROSECUTION AGREEMENTS FOR CORRUPTION AND MONEY LAUNDERING OFFENCES

The Singapore parliament has enacted a framework for Deferred Prosecution Agreements. This will apply to corporate offences including corruption, money laundering and the receipt of stolen property. DPAs will need to be supervised by a judge and confirmed by the … Continue reading

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US IMPOSES SANCTIONS TARGETING DIGITAL CURRENCIES ISSUED BY THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT AND DESIGNATES MORE VENEZUELAN OFFICIALS

  On March 19, 2018, President Trump issued an executive order that aims to curb sanctions circumvention by the Maduro regime in Venezuela through the use of digital currencies. This unprecedented executive order prohibits US persons from participating or being … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime update – February 2018

Welcome to the February 2018 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. For the full update on each jurisdiction, … Continue reading

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Unexplained Wealth Orders: How might this new investigative tool affect you?

From 31 January 2018, UK authorities can use new and expansive investigative powers to require both individuals and corporate bodies to provide information as to how they acquired property. Known as Unexplained Wealth Orders (“UWOs”), these new obligations to disclose … Continue reading

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HONG KONG ENHANCES ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTER-TERRORIST FINANCING REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

From 1 March 2018, a number of Hong Kong businesses and professions will be subject to enhanced customer due diligence and record-keeping obligations in light of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Ordinance. The amendment introduces changes … Continue reading

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HONG KONG: NEW LICENSING REGIME FOR TRUST AND COMPANY SERVICE PROVIDERS TO COME INTO FORCE ON 1 MARCH 2018

The Companies Registry announced on 25 January 2018 that a new licensing regime for trust and company service providers (TCSPs) will come into force on 1 March 2018 under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (Cap. 615) (AMLO). A … Continue reading

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