Category Archives: Due diligence

Copyright or copy wrong?

As an author, I am rather keen on the concept of copyright – the noun first being used in, we are told, 1729 to mean “the exclusive right to make and sell copies of an intellectual production”.  But I will … Continue reading

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Pass the popcorn

My telly viewing habits are rather old-fashioned: I like nothing better than watching a repeat of a beloved programme (original “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Poldark”, I’m talking about you) and I steer clear of anything gory, violent, scary or – saints … Continue reading

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An officer and a target

I’m very familiar with the work of Money Laundering Reporting Officers, Money Laundering Compliance Officers, general compliance officers and police officers.  But I had never heard of Section 151 officers until a money laundering story of relevance to them popped … Continue reading

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Cut on the bias

We’re all biased – there’s no getting away from it.  My own particular unfair bias is against taxi drivers; as a cyclist I have been sworn at, side-swiped and (once) squeezed with my bike against the back of a lorry … Continue reading

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Cleaning house

Last week I attended an event at the elegant Whitehall premises of RUSI at which they launched “No Rest for the Wicked”, their report into what the UK’s next steps should be, now that we have (to quote the modest … Continue reading

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Just do the math

I am currently reading “How Not to Be Wrong” by American mathematician Jordan Ellenberg.  Not that I am wrong very often, of course, but it pays to protect one’s elevated position.  In truth, I scraped by in my maths A-level, … Continue reading

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The tarnish on golden visas

I have mentioned before the concept of “golden visas” and passports-for-sale.  In today’s politically uncertain world they are becoming ever more popular, and last month Transparency International published a report called “European Getaway: Inside the Murky World of Golden Visas”.  … Continue reading

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Something in the way she moves

A while ago I wrote about facial recognition software being used for client identification at ATMs and to apprehend scallywags out in public.  But of course technology does not stand still, and one of the shortcomings of facial recognition software … Continue reading

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The bank of äiti ja isä

I have written before about money laundering staying in the family but it is usually only the adults who are involved.  A recent Finnish case has trodden new ground, with the conviction of a young man – sixteen at the … Continue reading

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Is that wig made of wool or wolf?

A phrase I use quite often in training is, “You’d think so, wouldn’t you?”.  As in, “If the payment is coming to us from another regulated bank, won’t they have done all the checks?”  Or, “Given that CDD checks have … Continue reading

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