Due Diligence

Regulating a Game Changer—Europe’s Approach to Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies are seen as bringing innovation to the payments-services sector; furthering financial inclusion; and facilitating greater efficiency in cross-border transactions. However, as with other financial products and services, cryptocurrencies are also exposed to financial crime risks. The following article provides some background in relation to cryptocurrencies in general, and some insights into ongoing regulatory approaches and discussions in Europe.

The German Political Crisis Explained

Germany was a political pillar of stability in the EU for years, but failure to create a new coalition government has steered the country into the political unknown. European partners may have to get accustomed to a Germany that will be more oriented toward its own domestic political debate. As in other countries, controversy on EU reform could further deepen internal divisions. Merkel and her party are therefore likely to continue to act with caution. CDU and SPD, being part of the same government, will have even more problems than before in formulating a coherent position on EU reform. All forecasts point towards a political change for both Germany and Europe.

RegTech and Financial Crime Prevention

Berlin Risk Managing Director, Jennifer Hanley-Giersch, gives a short update on the RegTech market and how it can be a cost-saving solution for financial crime prevention in today’s regulatory environment.

Know your customer: Enhanced requirements

KYC/CDD requirements have been the focus of regulatory revision in 2016, leading to changes in understanding, approaches and tools needed to meet these requirements.

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and Customer Due Diligence in Asia

Customer Due Diligence in Asia has gained prominence over recent years, with a growing set of regulations that have come into force. International Anti-money laundering standards recommended by the Financial Action Task force (FATF) have provided a framework for member jurisdictions to lay out the requirements for the prevention and combat of money laundering and terrorist financing, which is particularly…

The 4th EU AML Directive: Recommendations to help your business prepare

Following adoption of the new Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive by the European Union, member states must now implement the required changes in their domestic legislation. Our tip sheet highlights the key changes and includes practical advice on what your company can do to prepare.