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FIFA corruption scandal continues

In April 2015 we considered the FIFA scandal and how the allegations interacted with the obligations on financial institutions in …

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Picasso, diamonds and gambling – where are things up to on the 1MDB scandal?

1Malyasia Development Berhad (“1MDB”) has made international headlines again with international celebrities continuing to be embroiled in the scandal. We …

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Buying an SFC-licensed entity? 5 things you should know

On 2 June 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular about responsible officers and substantial shareholders (June Circular).  …

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SpaceTech: Taking Off

Space, despite being a vacuum, is heating up.  Last month CB Insights detailed 57 start-ups that are focused on the …

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Large financial penalties spread to the Antipodes – global trends in AML/CTF enforcement

Multi-million (and billion) dollar fines for AML/CTF breaches are no longer the preserve of United States and United Kingdom. In …

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FATF embraces technology

It’s great to see that the global standard-setter on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (FATF) is embracing the galloping trend …

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The rise of anti-RegTech?

In this post, we describe a recent example of technology allegedly being used to evade regulations and frustrate regulators – a …

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“Secret Payments Utterly Unacceptable”: Australia to criminalise corrupt payments to union officials

This post was written by Natalie Caton. In a further step towards increased transparency and strengthening Australia’s anti-corruption laws and …

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Momentum building: SFC AML/CTF action provides practical guidance for securities firms

We are now starting to see signs of momentum building on AML/CTF enforcement cases in Hong Kong.   With it, there …

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Exposing the cracks: Hong Kong’s landmark case on human trafficking and forced labour

A recent judgment has brought into question Hong Kong’s efforts to combat human trafficking and forced labour. In this post, …

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