EU Ukraine Sanctions – 21 names – EU Official Journal 17 March 2014

The Council of the European Union 17 March 2014 EU adopts restrictive measures against actions threatening Ukraine’s territorial integrity The Council adopted EU restrictive measures against persons responsible for actions which undermine or threaten the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine as well as persons and entities associated with […] Continue Reading »

Swiss Govt Sanctions on Viktor Yanukovych & Ukraine Persons – Feb 2014

  The Swiss Federal Council has decided to block all assets of Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage might have in Switzerland. The corresponding ordinance enters into force on Friday 28 February, 2014. In taking this measure, the Federal Council wishes to avoid any risk of misappropriation of Ukrainian state assets. […] Continue Reading »

KYC & AML Global Watchlists

What KYC & AML Global Watchlists should you refer to when compiling your datasets? Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance requirements frequently require identity checks against known or suspected money laundering, terrorist, or other persons considered high risk. The following should be a start when compiling your datasets to check for […] Continue Reading »

14th Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference – February 20-21, 2014 – Miami

  Does your financial institution have a well-defined culture of compliance? What does that even mean in terms of policies and procedures, controls, audit, hiring and training? These are questions compliance personnel should consider in the current enforcement environment. Financial institutions are being subjected to heightened scrutiny as a result […] Continue Reading »

Egypt – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

  Egypt is not considered a regional financial center or a major hub for money laundering. Egypt has a large informal cash economy, and many financial transactions are undocumented or do not enter the banking system. Cash remains by far the preferred means of payment in Egypt and, despite efforts […] Continue Reading »

Kyrgyzstan – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

  The Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) operates largely on a cash economy and with decentralized accounting systems, which makes money laundering difficult to detect. The banking sector is small and the Kyrgyz Republic is not a regional financial center. A significant percentage of the country‘s GDP comes from remittances from abroad, posing […] Continue Reading »

Tajikistan – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

  Tajikistan operates largely on a cash economy and with decentralized accounting systems, which makes money laundering difficult to detect. Furthermore, deficiencies in Tajikistan‘s recently enacted AML/CFT law increase Tajikistan‘s vulnerability to money laundering and terrorism financing. Criminal proceeds laundered in Tajikistan derive from both foreign and domestic criminal activities […] Continue Reading »

Uzbekistan – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

  Uzbekistan operates largely on a cash economy and with decentralized accounting systems, which makes money laundering difficult to detect. Furthermore, deficiencies in Uzbekistan‘s recently-enacted AML/CFT law pose significant risks of money laundering and terrorism financing. Uzbekistan is not an important regional financial center and does not have a well-developed […] Continue Reading »

Turkmenistan – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

  Turkmenistan is not an important regional financial center. There are only five international banks and a small, underdeveloped domestic financial sector. Foreign companies operate three casinos in Turkmenistan, which under certain conditions could become vulnerable to financial fraud and money laundering. Given Turkmenistan‘s shared border with Afghanistan, money laundering […] Continue Reading »

Brunei – Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

  Brunei is not a regional financial center and does not have free trade zones. Brunei has a small offshore financial center and its proximity to high crime regions, along with its large foreign worker population and limited anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) institutional capacity, make it vulnerable to cross-border criminal […] Continue Reading »