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Staying the course

Brace yourselves: this is going to be one of those posts where I have a vision of how it is all going to tie together, but it will take time.  I was at an event recently where I was told … Continue reading

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Launderer seeks splendour without diminishment

It cannot have escaped your notice that Canada is in a lather about its real estate sector being used for money laundering.  Stories are appearing seemingly every day about some new scheme or other that has been uncovered, thanks in … Continue reading

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Best foot forward

In recent weeks I have worked in Guernsey and Jersey and I am rather fond of both places – not least because they have rather strict AML regimes, and you know how I feel about taking AML jolly seriously.  Despite … Continue reading

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The taxman triumphs

I’ve done a bit of HMRC-bashing in recent months (here and here) so it’s only fair that I now mention a laudable news story that they issued at the end of 2018: their list of top ten prosecutions of 2018, … Continue reading

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Debt and dishonour

One* of the best things about writing this blog is that lots of lovely readers send me great stories.  David in London (I’m using only his first name out of deference to his security background, but with that security training … Continue reading

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It’s coming home – if we pay its fare

No doubt you are all – well, my English and Croatian readers at least – dusting off your scarves and vocal cords for tonight’s match.  (Personally, I am speaking at a literary event in a local village – we’re not … Continue reading

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Voting for AML

I’m not a great fan of many of our current politicians – I’m sure you know why.  But I do like Angela Merkel, and in particular Tracy Ullman’s version of Angela Merkel.  And I have recently come to admire Elizabeth … Continue reading

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I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want

Regular readers will know that when it comes to consultations, I am Pavlov’s respondent: tell me you want my opinion and I’m slavering to give it.  Indeed, so regular is my participation that I have a whole email folder entitled … Continue reading

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Nobody loves me, everybody hates me

In common with many global banks, Deutsche Bank has come under the AML regulatory spotlight of late.  And then, on 4 January 2017, it was announced that Deutsche’s Global Head of Anti-Financial Crime, an Englishman called Peter Hazlewood, was quitting … Continue reading

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When legislation lets you down

For a couple of years I have been tracking the fortunes of “Les W”.  The Wildensteins are one of the highest-profile families in France; Wildenstein & Co was one of the most successful and influential art dealerships of the last … Continue reading

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