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EU issues priorities on review of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism

The Presidency of the Council of the EU has issued a note, listing the issues that should be discussed at the  ECOFIN EU Council meeting this week, including how the ineffectiveness of the current AML/CFT framework stemming from the wide differences in national implementation should be addressed

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Will Italian AML rules capture foreign entities operating online without a physical presence in Italy?

According to the draft law implementing the fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, a broader list of entities operating in virtual currencies will be subject to Italian anti-money laundering rules

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Crypto now included in UK crime plan

The UK Treasury and Home Office have issued a plan to fight fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, including establishing a new cryptoassets regime with the Financial Conduct Authority, "to create one of the most comprehensive global responses to the use of cryptoassets in illicit activity"

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FATF issues new rules for the crypto sector

The Financial Action Task Force has finalised its interpretative note to Recommendation 15, clarifying how its Standards and measures should apply in respect of virtual assets and virtual asset service providers


EBA annual report: actions taken during the last year and next steps

The European Banking Authority (EBA) annual report sets out the actions taken last year and next steps the authority will take for 2019. Here, we how the EBA has approached and is planning to approach a number of issues, including financial innovation, FinTech, cryptoassets, PSD2 and anti-money laundering/combating terrorism financing 

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IMF official calls for greater international co-operation on FinTech

The Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund has called for greater international co-operation, particularly on cyber security and anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism risks and on developing of legal, regulatory and supervisory frameworks

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Finland's new crypto law does not extend to investor protection

The Finland Supervisory Authority has stated that even though it is now the registration and supervisory authority for virtual currency providers in Finland, the supervision does not extend to investor protection

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Watch out: UK FCA sets out priorities for year ahead, including crypto and FinTech

Cryptoassets and FinTech feature high on the agenda in terms of the key priorities the Financial Conduct Authority has set for the next 12 months