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10 April 2021 Financial Service Intelligence Watch

The importance of purposeful anti-money laundering controls

Speaker: Mark Steward, Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Event: AML & ABC Forum 2021
Delivered: 24 March 2021
Note: This is the speech as drafted and may differ from the delivered version


  • Two of our biggest sanctions in the last 12 months ...
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Australia's ASIC bans the sale of binary options to retail clients

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in Australia has made a product intervention order banning the issue and distribution of binary options to retail clients.

The ban will take effect from Monday 3 May 2021 after ASIC found that binary options have resulted in and are likely to result ...

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The rise and fall of Wirecard, a German tech champion

Payments firm Wirecard collapsed last year in Germany’s biggest post-war fraud scandal. A parliamentary inquiry is in progress, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz due to testify in April 2021.

The German government examined the possibility of bailing out Wirecard just three days before it collapsed ...

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Working Smart

By Lee Rossini

In a recent PwC survey, nearly a third of the executives interviewed described their approach to post-pandemic work as 'going with the flow'. The authors of an article, 'What Is Your Organisation’s Long-Term Remote Work Strategy?', recently published in the Harvard Business Review, urge business owners to be more conscious about the decisions made regarding remote work and to use their recent experiences of employees working remotely to their advantage. This requires intentionally planning for a blended business model which includes both remote and office-based work. The authors suggest that to do so, two areas need attention: company policies and management practices.


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