UK faces severe money laundering threats
LLB EDITOR , 12 July 2021
Leading UK RegTech specialist SmartSearch has warned the UK could be left behind in the fight against money laundering and financial fraud, if it fails to coordinate with the new agency being formed by the EU.
It has emerged that the European Commission will launch the Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA) as part of a raft of measures contained in its action plan, set to be revealed on July 20. Continue reading “Article: UK faces severe money laundering threats”
G-7 Targets Environmental Crimes in Push for Greater Disclosure
Alessandra Migliaccio and David Goodman, 05 June 2021
The Group of Seven nations targeted environmental crimes with a move to push companies into disclosing the impact they have on the climate.
Finance ministers from the G-7 meeting in London agreed for the first time to embed climate-change considerations into their decision making. They also expanded the work of a money laundering and corruption watchdog to root out crimes against the planet.
The moves stopped short of the U.K. ambition to get G-7 firmer backing for mandatory reporting of climate risks by companies, something central bankers and green groups have said will force investors to focus on how moves to curb fossil fuel use will impact their holdings. Continue reading “Article: G-7 Targets Environmental Crimes in Push for Greater Disclosure”
SFO launches money laundering probe into Gupta family over ties to Greensill Capital
HMichiel Willems, 14 May 2021
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said this morning it is launching an investigation into the Gupta Family Group Alliance.
“The SFO is investigating suspected fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering in relation to the financing and conduct of the business of companies within the Gupta Family Group Alliance (GFG), including its financing arrangements with Greensill Capital UK Ltd.,” the watchdog said in a statement shared with City A.M.
“As this is a live investigation, the SFO can provide no further comment,” it added. Continue reading “Article: SFO launches money laundering probe into Gupta family over ties to Greensill Capital”
Bank of England sees potential risks from cloud data providers
Reuters, 21 April 2021
The Bank of England might strengthen its controls on cloud data providers and other technology firms to counter possible risks to the stability of the financial system from the rise of fintech, Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden said.
The Bank of England (BoE) has expressed concerns before about the reliance by financial firms, especially fintech startups, on third-party technology companies for key parts of their operations, and Ramsden said this scrutiny would intensify. Continue reading “Article: Bank of England sees potential risks from cloud data providers”
National Audit Office Launches Latest UK Probe Into Greensill
Najiyya Budaly, 16 April 2021
Britain’s public spending regulator said on Friday that it will investigate why the government accredited collapsed finance company Greensill Capital to provide cash to struggling businesses through the national COVID-19 support scheme.
The National Audit Office, an independent parliamentary body, said it will launch a probe into the role of Greensill in offering the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme to large businesses on behalf of the government. It is the latest probe into government links to the supply-chain finance firm, which is in administration. Continue reading “Article: National Audit Office Launches Latest UK Probe Into Greensill”
Fallout From Greensill Collapse Splatters British Government, Leaves Taxpayers With Big Losses
TYLER DURDEN, 07 April 2021
The collapse of UK-based supply chain finance firm Greensill Capital continues to reverberate. In Germany the private banking association has paid out around €2.7 billion to more than 20,500 Greensill Bank customers as part of its deposit guarantee scheme after the bank collapsed in early March. But the deposits of institutional investors such as other financial institutions, investment firms, and local authorities are not covered. Fifty municipalities are believed to be nursing losses of at least €500 million. Continue reading “Article: Fallout From Greensill Collapse Splatters British Government, Leaves Taxpayers With Big Losses”
“An Absolute Car Crash” – Deliveroo Shares Tumble 31% In London IPO
TYLER DURDEN, 31 March 2021
In what some might take to be the latest sign of exhaustion in global equity markets, shares of Deliveroo tumbled 31% in their market debut Wednesday after pricing at the lower end of their range.
Despite pricing near the bottom of its range, Deliveroo’s opening valuation of about £7.6 billion ($10.5 billion) was the highest in London since resources group Glencore’s 2011 IPO, according to Dealogic data.
But traders quickly wiped more than £2 billion ($2.8 billion) off its market cap as shares plunged. It’s a start contrast to the debut of DoorDash, which IPO’d in the US back in December. Its shares soared more than 86% at the open. One equity capital markets banker who was not involved in the deal described the debut to the FT as “absolute car crash”. In recent days, Deliveroo and its bankers had continued to insist that the offering had seen “very significant demand” from investors, even as its debu tprice range started to slip. Continue reading “Article: “An Absolute Car Crash” – Deliveroo Shares Tumble 31% In London IPO”