Regulatory Compliance Journal

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An audit trail (also called audit log) is a relevant chronological recording of actions, a set of files, or the destinat...

The understanding and management of risk by financial institutions, banks, and entities, has improved over the years. To...

The Enterprise-Wide Risk Assessment (EWRA) or Overall Risk Assessment has become a regulatory obligation from an EU and ...

In recent years, regulators have begun to scrutinize more closely financial institutions regarding the soundness of thei...

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How to write the perfect SAR?

Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) drafted by financial institutions contain some of the most valuable information available to law enforcement agencies in the fight against financial crime. Yet, the FinCEN Files scandal of 2020 has shown that major banks have consistently failed to write and s...

Why do most AML programs fail?

Despite the consistent efforts adopted by banks to fight money laundering and financial crime, fines for AML breaches have hit an all-time high. In 2020, financial institutions were fined a grand total of $15.13 billion (€12.79 billion) worldwide, a 51.3% increase compared to 2019, with U...

What are the impacts of Financial Data Leaks?

In the past decade, a series of leaks from insider sources have shed light on the complex systems of money laundering, tax evasion, and fraud perpetrated by certain countries and wealthy individuals. The profound work carried out by international journalists in publishing the wrongdoings have ...

AML: What is adverse media or negative news?

The digital era has given KYC analysts unprecedented access to a plethora of information on individuals and companies. Newspaper articles, online blogs, and social media are accessible and filterable with one click and may reveal important news on a financial institution’s customer. However, ...

Financing terrorism: The billion-dollar blood antiquities art dealing

The destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra and the beheading of its Antiquities Chief, Khaled al-Asaad, in 2015 by the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria (ISIS) are still fresh in the minds of many. Beginning in 2014, the terrorist group has wrecked havoc across the Middle East and...

Redan El Madani - Pideeco Member
Redan El Madani Trainee
Christian Teixeira Martins - Pideeco Member
Christian Teixeira Martins Junior Consultant
Stefano Siggia - Pideeco Member
Stefano Siggia Senior Consultant
Oscar Canario da Cunha - Pideeco Member
Oscar Canario da Cunha Associate Director

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What are Hawala transactions and how do they work?

European Commission, Hawala, Money Laundering, AML, Know your Customer, Due Diligence, Transaction Monitoring, Financial operations, Red Flags, KYC,

In February 2019, another criminal group was arrested in Europe, for laundering money through hawala transactions. Based on the Europol press release, the cooperation between French and Italian police led to the arrest of 19 suspects. Algerian author...

Overview and Summary of the 5th AML Directive - AMLD5

AML, Compliance, KYC, Financial firms, Money Laundering, European Commission, 5AMLD, EU, Know your Customer, Politically Exposed Persons,

In the past few years, many scandals related to money laundering have been recorded. For instance, the Panama Papers have shown how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. Big companies such as UBS and ABN AMRO are suspected of not...

How do criminals launder their money using the Dark Web?

Blockchain, Money Laundering, Freedom of information, Whistleblowing, Cryptocurrencies, Anti Money Laundering, AML, Prepaid Cards,

Drug trade and illegal markets on the dark web have grown exponentially. Criminals are finding new and original ways to launder money generated from their illicit activities. The dark web is an encrypted part of the internet that hosts online conten...