As prospective fintechs gear up to take advantage of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), Italian industry leaders have bemoaned a national regulatory situation that they fear will leave...
A major review of financial crime in the UK has concluded the risks associated with e-money and prepaid products, as well as cross-border remittances, have risen in the last two years.
The European Commission is pushing ahead with plans to let investigators check ownership of every payment account across the EU, a move to speed efforts to fight financial crime and lessen the...
The emergence of low-cost, small cell terrorist activity in Europe and North America has created profound challenges for the financial sector, compliance staff have said.
Belgium achieved its long-awaited transposition of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive this week, but legal experts fear the law’s hasty passage will mean more issues down the line.
The UK’s National Crime Agency has published a paper on firms’ responses to suspicious activity, detailing how enforcement authorities have been engaging with the payments sector and where future...
A new proposed directive to tackle non-cash payment fraud is expected to have a greater impact on criminals themselves rather than regulated businesses, according to legal experts.
The European Commission’s attempts to amend the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive have taken a step backwards as disagreements continue to arise at member state level.
The Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) mutual evaluation of Ireland’s financial crime controls is a step behind the situation on the ground, according to legal experts.
Luxembourg’s e-money and payment services sector is putting a strain on the country’s financial intelligence unit by flagging an unnecessarily high amount of suspicious activity, multiple agencies...
The European Banking Authority (EBA) is analysing whether the delayed introduction of new rules on central contact points will cause timing issues for the payments industry.
Europol has unveiled its “stark findings” from a review of EU member states’ methods for fighting financial crime, revealing that only a tenth of suspicious activity reports are investigated further.
Finland has implemented the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4th AMLD) largely by the book, but concerns remain over the handling of the register of beneficial owners.
A bill to bring the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4th AMLD) into Maltese law is now on the books, after a reprimand from the European Commission for missing the initial deadline.
Payment providers will be expected to take a tougher approach to simplified due diligence as a result of recent anti-money laundering reforms, legal experts have warned.
Payments providers in the UK are struggling under the weight of recent anti-money laundering reforms, as customers protest against “painful” new due diligence demands.
Denmark’s regulatory framework for tackling financial crime has fallen short of international standards, according to a review by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has come under fire for taking an unnecessarily complex approach to EU legislation and for lacking a coherent Brexit strategy.
France’s reputation as a tough country for financial firms to do business is not being echoed in its approach to licensing ahead of major EU payments reforms, lawyers believe.
Europol has hailed improvements in how businesses respond to having data held to ransom by cyberattackers, although warned the practice is rapidly becoming more common.

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