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Using artificial intelligence to fight financial crime – a legal risk perspective

Ian Rodgers

The Head of the Financial Crime Department at the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA), Rob Gruppetta, gave a speech on “Using artificial intelligence to keep criminal funds out of the financial system” in December 2017. In it, he explored how artificial intelligence (AI) could potentially be used to prevent financial crime, and for anti-money Read More

Market abuse controls: Global approaches vs. local requirements – which one wins?

Sarah Hitchins

The UK FCA recently imposed a financial penalty of just over £1 million on an online brokerage firm for failing to have adequate controls to identify and report potential market abuse. Each of the FCA’s findings can be traced back to one root cause: reliance on a global approach to identifying and reporting market abuse, Read More

UK National Economic Crime Centre: a period of stability for UK economic crime, but is it enough?

Christian Parker

In December 2017, the UK Government announced creation of a new National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) as part of the Government’s Anti-Corruption Strategy (ACS). Amber Rudd’s announcement outlined that the UK will introduce a multi-agency NECC, and formalised the UK’s approach to economic crime, in an attempt to ensure the UK maintains its “reputation as Read More

Unexplained Wealth Orders (and remainder of the Criminal Finances Act) come into force

Calum Macdonald

  You have the right to remain silent. However – under changes to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 – it may cost you. With effect from 31 January 2018, the Criminal Finances Act 2017 introduces an Unexplained Wealth Orders regime in the UK.   What are Unexplained Wealth Orders? An Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) Read More

OPBAS, the UK’s new anti-money laundering supervisor, becomes operational

Calum Macdonald

A new year, a new role for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). On 18 January 2018, the UK’s new Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS) comes into effect. OPBAS is intended to be a ‘supervisor of supervisors’ with the aim of ensuring that professional body anti-money laundering supervisors comply with the UK’s anti-money Read More