Category Archives: Due diligence

Facing up to laundering

In my last post I sang the praises of a Twitter-bot (I still don’t know what that means) which sends out an alert every time a plane associated with an autocratic regime visits Geneva airport, which strikes me as a … Continue reading

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Pour encourager les autres

In the world of prosecution, it’s sometimes damned if you do and damned if you don’t.  Since the Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011, the UK authorities have had access to the corporate offence of failing … Continue reading

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Even better than Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets

I’m off on hols to Sri Lanka on Wednesday.  Go on, check out the weather forecast for Galle, and then weep with envy – we’re talking 30˚ and wall-to-wall sunshine.  To secure my week in the sun, I had to … Continue reading

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A rap on the online knuckles

AML regulation of the gambling sector in the UK is complicated; even I (writing as an AML obsessive) am sometimes confused about who is in and who is out.  However, one sector that is most definitely in is online gambling, … Continue reading

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Do unto others

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has been rather busy recently, what with working away on revised AML/CFT legislation and guidance, and now putting out a pair of publications to explain why and how they regulate the Bailiwick’s financial services sector.  In … Continue reading

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House of horrors?

With the acres of newsprint devoted in recent months to the topic of registration of beneficial ownership, it is interesting to consider the role of the registrars.  Companies – and other structures – are required to submit returns, and to … Continue reading

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Salvator emptor

The recent record-breaking sale of “Salvator Mundi” highlighted two things – one a surprise, and the other not.  The surprise was that this is the most expensive painting by Leonardo DiCaprio that has ever been sold.  I kid you not: … Continue reading

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Big worries about small accounts

The news has been full in recent days of the financial activities of the “super-rich” and fiscally sophisticated.  (That’s my phrase, that last bit, but I can imagine it catching on.  Who knows: we might even start talking about the … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Name changes are a tricky thing.  Remember when Royal Mail decided to call itself Consignia?  That lasted for about a year until it was quietly shelved.  (Mind you, Brad’s Drink was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898, and that seems to have … Continue reading

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Maman’s the word

I know that AML and CFT go together.  I’m not convinced that they belong together, but I am swimming against the tide, which seems to favour putting all financial crime into the same category.  And so I am careful to … Continue reading

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