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Insights / 6MLD - Are your ‘Directing Minds’ clear on financial crime?

13-10-2020 /

As society and the business landscape evolves with new ways of working; distribution channels; products; and the pace of regulatory change, the status of compliance for companies also needs to keep in step.

6MLD - Are your ‘Directing Minds’ clear on financial crime?

Insights / Proposed Changes to Singapore Data Protection Law

06-10-2020 /

Earlier this year in May, the Ministry of Communications and Information and the Personal Data Protection Commission (“Commission”) invited feedback from the public on the draft Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill (“Bill”).

Proposed Changes to Singapore Data Protection Law

Insights / 5MLD & Letting Agents – Knock, Knock….Who is renting the property?

25-09-2020 /

Letting agents do not need to go to the lengths of the big, bad wolf of blowing the house in, to comply with the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD).

5MLD & Letting Agents – Knock, Knock….Who is renting the property?

Insights / A Higher Form of Realty – Beyond the Sale and 5MLD

20-07-2020 / Real Estate

On 29 March 2018, the Treasury Committee launched an inquiry into Economic Crime including the examination of two areas where a risk of money laundering had been identified — property and company formation.

A Higher Form of Realty – Beyond the Sale and 5MLD

News / MONEYVAL - Are You Prepared?

05-05-2020 /

In the past 12 months we have heard lots about Brexit and COVID-19, both really important issues that affect Gibraltar and its people. However, this has meant that other issues that we have been aware of, such as the MONEYVAL assessment, may have been put on a “back burner”. It is really important at these times to remember that we all have a responsibility to support Gibraltar in being compliant in protecting its reputation as a safe place to do business; particularly regarding Anti-Money Laundering & Countering the Financing of Terrorism.

MONEYVAL - Are You Prepared?

Insights / AML Art Series – Timing / Ready or Not - Registration

28-04-2020 /

The Art of Lateness and HMRC Registration White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland – "Oh, my fur and whiskers! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late! Oh, dear, oh dear, oh dear! I’m here, I should be there. I’m late, I’m late, I’m late! The queen, she’ll have my head for sure!" "Court is now in session!" "Her Majesty, the Queen of Hearts, presiding!" "I'm late! I'm late! I'm dreadfully, awfully late! The queen will roast me for dinner! If I'm late for the trial, it'll be off with MY head next!"

 AML Art Series – Timing / Ready or Not - Registration

News / Talk on Financial Crime delivered to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors' Conference

01-04-2020 /

On Thursday 26 March, the Regulatory Solutions team at Ince delivered a talk on financial crime virtually to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors at the RICS conference.

Talk on Financial Crime delivered to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors' Conference

News / Cryptoassets – Believing the money laundering impact

31-03-2020 /

“If you don’t believe it or don’t get it, I don’t have the time to try to convince you, sorry.” — Bitcoin’s purported founder Satoshi Nakamoto “I believe... I believe... Even though it's silly, I believe” says Susan from a Miracle on 34th Street

Cryptoassets – Believing the money laundering impact

News / Cyber Risk and Coronavirus: Your assets and your data may be more at risk now than ever

30-03-2020 /

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the increasing amount of time that people spend online due to the coronavirus outbreak [1]. With the volume of business conducted online, our fear is becoming their business opportunity.

Cyber Risk and Coronavirus: Your assets and your data may be more at risk now than ever

News / A Time for Courage

20-03-2020 /

“This is not a time for ideology and orthodoxy, this is a time to be bold, a time for courage.” Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of The Exchequer – 17th March 2020

A Time for Courage

News / CBD and Novel Foods: ACI provides more information

05-03-2020 /

More information on how the FSA Novel Food application procedure is going to work has been provided by the ACI. In particular they have provided further clarity on the application timetable and the likely cost burden on SMEs.

CBD and Novel Foods: ACI provides more information

Insights / CBD and Novel Foods – The Devil is in the Detail

19-02-2020 /

The Novel Food announcement by the FSA landed last week and created major waves in the CBD world. By then we had all been waiting on this guidance from the regulator for a long time. It wasn’t the announcement that I would have wanted, but like Brexit, whether you were for it or against it, it has happened. At this point in time, any kind of clarity is welcome. Now we await the formal protocols of the application process but there is enough information around for us to start getting into the detail.

CBD and Novel Foods – The Devil is in the Detail

News / Ince strengthens Regulatory Solutions team with the hire of new Partner Robert Jappie

11-02-2020 /

11 February 2020, London: International legal and professional services firm Ince has today announced the appointment of Robert Jappie, as a new Partner in the Regulatory Solutions team.

Ince strengthens Regulatory Solutions team with the hire of new Partner Robert Jappie

Insights / Beneficial owners where art thou?

04-02-2020 /

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? As uttered by Juliet on her balcony looking out to the garden, and Romeo waits in the shadows.

Beneficial owners where art thou?

Insights / The Artful Dodger

14-01-2020 /

Oliver Twist: And you Dodger, you're my friend The Artful Dodger: Huh! A friend's just an enemy in disguise. You can't trust nobody. 

The Artful Dodger

News / Crypto and compliance - what is next?

04-11-2019 /

If in Roman Catholic theology, Limbo is the border place between heaven and hell, then Bitcoin and its peers have been living in somewhat of a regulatory limbo over the last couple of years.

Crypto and compliance - what is next?

News / EU GDPR enforced against a Canadian data analytics company

06-02-2019 / Energy & Infrastructure

The UK data protection regulator has issued its first enforcement notice against a non-EU company. Canadian AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd (AIQ), which is alleged to have ties to Cambridge Analytica, used the personal data of Facebook users to target pro-Brexit advertisements at prospective voters online during the Brexit referendum campaign.

EU GDPR enforced against a Canadian data analytics company

News / All Change for Asset Managers

19-07-2018 /

From 1st April next year, Authorised Fund Managers (AFMs) will be subject to new measures as set out by the Financial conduct Authority (FCA) in its April policy statement, where it specified changes to the [FCA] handbook.

All Change for Asset Managers

News / Digitalisation is increasing the business risk from money laundering

22-05-2018 /

This article was published in Global Banking and Finance April 2018 Ince Gordon Dadds, the legal and professional services firm, is urging businesses to get smarter in how they handle money laundering or face the wrath of HMRC with some hefty financial fines. It warns that the digitalisation of cash has led to increased risks to businesses from money laundering. Whilst the majority of businesses are good at acknowledging these risks, they need to do more to mitigate the risk of money laundering.

Digitalisation is increasing the business risk from money laundering

News / Droning on: new drone regulation in the UAE

23-04-2018 / Aviation & Travel

Only a few years ago, many people had never seen or even heard of a drone. Today, in many major cities around the world, it would be an achievement to get through the week without seeing at least one. This is particularly true in Dubai. The UAE is striving to become a world leader in the use and development of drone technology: from the expectation that within the next few years taxi-drones will be operational within the city to the Drones for Good Awards launched by the office of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to reward drone initiatives aimed at improving people’s lives.

Droning on: new drone regulation in the UAE

News / China update – Shenzhen promotes anti-bribery management system through Honesty Certificates

16-12-2017 /

China’s high profile campaign against corruption is now nearly four years old. During this time, the campaign introduced political and legislative reforms as well as much anticipated new legislation to assist in the crackdown on corrupt party members, officials and conglomerates. However, most of the directives were initiated in Beijing, at the Central government level, and targeted at official corruption leaving loopholes at the commercial level.

China update – Shenzhen promotes anti-bribery management system through Honesty Certificates

News / Anti-corruption enforcers close in on shipping and energy sectors

16-10-2017 /

September 2017 proved to be a busy month for enforcement authorities, including the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in its ongoing war against international bribery and corruption, serving as a reminder that those operating in the shipping and energy sectors must remain alive to the risks of being convicted of such crimes

Anti-corruption enforcers close in on shipping and energy sectors

News / SFO entitled to disclosure of corporate’s internal documents

12-10-2017 /

In the recent case of The Director of the SFO v. Eurasian Natural Resources Corporate, the English court found that the Serious Fraud Office (the “SFO”) was entitled to disclosure of certain documents from a multinational corporate that was subject to an ongoing SFO criminal investigation resulting from allegations of international fraud, bribery and corruption. The documents had been generated by the corporate’s solicitors and forensic accountants during a period of internal investigation into those allegations.

SFO entitled to disclosure of corporate’s internal documents

News / Transparency International releases Corruption Perceptions Index 2016

11-10-2017 /

Transparency International (TI), the international non-governmental organisation that monitors corruption around the world, published its latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), for 2016, on 25 January 2017

Transparency International releases Corruption Perceptions Index 2016

News / Podcast: Are you protected against cyber risk?

04-10-2017 /

Companies of all sizes, and in every class of business from shipping and energy to financial services, are increasingly reliant on technology – and are therefore vulnerable to a cyber attack. In this 10-minute podcast, Simon Cooper explains why all firms should take steps to protect themselves against cyber risk.

Podcast: Are you protected against cyber risk?

News / Podcast: Are you ready for GDPR?

03-10-2017 /

Is your business ready for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?  In this 10-minute podcast, Rebecca Thornley-Gibson explains why all organisations will be affected and what steps need to be taken in order to be ready for the 25 May 2018 deadline.

Podcast: Are you ready for GDPR?

News / The shipping industry: adrift in a sea of cyber risk?

03-07-2017 / Maritime

On Tuesday (27 June 2017), only seven weeks after the WannaCry virus affected some of the largest governmental and corporate institutions in over 150 countries, another ransomware attack compromised and disrupted operations of some of the world’s largest firms in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals, through legal, to construction.

The shipping industry: adrift in a sea of cyber risk?

News / Gender Pay Gap Reporting

19-06-2017 /

Most large employers will be aware of the Gender Pay Gap Reporting requirements which came into force from 6 April 2017 However, at the time of writing, only ten employers have entered their gender pay gap figures on the government website set up for this purpose

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

News / Finding a Home for the Fourth Money Laundering Directive

14-06-2017 /

Last year the House of Commons published a report on proceeds of crime which made alarming comments in relation to money laundering The findings of the report were that the processes in place in many real estate firms is insufficientnbsp

Finding a Home for the Fourth Money Laundering Directive

News / Comparison of the position under the UAE Commercial Companies Law and the DIFC regime

05-06-2017 /

This article compares the general principles that apply to directors' duties and liabilities in the UAE onshore with those applying in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) The comparison will be of interest to businesses that have both DIFC and onshore companies in their group structure as it gives an insight into the differences and the similarities between the two regimes

Comparison of the position under the UAE Commercial Companies Law and the DIFC regime

News / Ince Gordon Dadds secures client win in driving license medical appeal case

19-05-2017 /

Philip Somarakis was mentioned in the Sunday TimesPhilip Somarakis was mentioned in a Sunday Timesnbsparticleconcerning one of his cases The client in question, had voluntarily given up her driving licence after she suffered a mini-stroke However, she was forced to appeal to her local Magistrates Court after the DVLA persistently refused to give her driving licence back on the grounds she was still unfit to drive

Ince Gordon Dadds secures client win in driving license medical appeal case

News / GDPR – What’s new?

17-05-2017 /

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is the single most significant piece of data privacy legislation passed by the European Parliament in the last two decades. It has a significantly broader scope than the existing legislation and introduces a tiered penalty system for non-compliance, with fines as high as 4% of annual global turnover or EUR 20m whichever is the higher.

GDPR – What’s new?

News / Tesco’s £250 Million Mistake You Need to Avoid

12-04-2017 /

This week Tesco finally agreed to a £129 million fine for overstating its profits in 2014, thus avoiding prosecution. This agreement, made by Tesco Stores Ltd. Follows a two-year probe from the SFO. Not only did Tesco suffer majorly from share price hits, but is now also facing a huge fine for its errors. Alex Ktorides, Head of Ethics and Risk Management at Ince Gordon Dadds, here provides Finance Monthly with a specialist overview of the matter, and hints at potential implications for any business missing the mark when it comes to such critical internal vulnerabilities.

Tesco’s £250 Million Mistake You Need to Avoid

News / Increased sentences for using a mobile phone while driving

03-03-2017 /

March 1 2017 marked a significant change in the sentencing powers available to Magistrates when dealing with people caught using their mobile phones while driving

Increased sentences for using a mobile phone while driving

News / Taking client data with you when you change jobs

07-02-2017 /

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a salutary reminder of what the consequences can be of taking client contact data with you when you change jobs.

Taking client data with you when you change jobs

News / Rolls Royce bribery allegations settled by Deferred Prosecution Agreement

02-02-2017 /

After a five year investigation by the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and other foreign authorities into allegations of significant bribery and corruption against Rolls Royce, a settlement has been reached that involves Rolls Royce paying 497 million in penalties to the UK authorities, with separate and substantial payments being made to the US and Brazilian authorities

Rolls Royce bribery allegations settled by Deferred Prosecution Agreement

News / Huge fines for Deutsche Bank for money laundering offences

02-02-2017 /

In January 2017, Deutsche Bank received fines amounting to about 506m for failure to prevent money laundering The UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed its largest ever fine of 163m on the Bank, with the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) imposing a fine of US425m

Huge fines for Deutsche Bank for money laundering offences

News / UAE issues new law on Combating Commercial Fraud

01-02-2017 /

On 12 December 2016, the UAE enacted a new law on Combating Commercial Fraud on 12 December 2016 This law has been in the making for a few years now and it replaces the previous law on Combating Fraud in Commercial Transactions issued in 1979 The new law entered into force on 16 December 2016 following its publication in the Official Gazette

UAE issues new law on Combating Commercial Fraud

News / Tougher fines for speeding offences

25-01-2017 /

Yesterday the Sentencing Council for England and Wales published revised sentencing guidelines for various offences in the Magistrates' Court following a consultation on the draft guidelines between 19 May 2016 and 11 August 2016 The guidelines will come into effect on 24 April 2017

Tougher fines for speeding offences

News / Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal clarifies scope of agency and non-financial advantages under section 9 of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance

24-01-2017 /

Assume this- 1nbspYou are an ex-director and majority shareholder of a listed company (ListCo) After you resign, you find out that ListCo is looking to sell a group company (Company A) You volunteer to help ListCo find a buyer No contract is signed 2 nbspCompany A is owned by a wholly owned subsidiary (Company B) of ListCo, you are a director of Company B, and the buyer you introduced to ListCo is, in fact, owned by your nominee In this scenario, the transaction becomes a connected transaction requiring disclosure to the stock exchange and that is subject to voting restrictions However, you fail to disclose this Instead, you persuade your co-director of Company B to issue Board Minutes authorising the transaction and confirming that that none of its directions had any interest in the transaction In return, you give your co-director part of your shares in the ListCo Is this failure to disclose your interest in a transaction an offence under section 9(3) of Hong Kong's Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO)

Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal clarifies scope of agency and non-financial advantages under section 9 of the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance

News / Market Leading Approach to GDPR Compliance

17-01-2017 /

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force 300 working days from the 1st January, 2017 GDPR impacts any organisation with more than 250 employees that controls or processes personal data of European Union citizens

Market Leading Approach to GDPR Compliance

News / The future of compliance: UK government considers "failure to prevent economic crime" offence

10-01-2017 /

In September 2016, the UK Government announced a consultation on a proposed new offence, failure to prevent economicfinancial crime Should the consultation prove to be a success, the planned offence, which will adopt the principles of the existing corporate offence under the UK's Bribery Act 2010 (the Act), is expected to be enacted this year

The future of compliance: UK government considers "failure to prevent economic crime" offence

News / France adopts new bill to fight against corruption

12-12-2016 /

To date, France's anti-corruption policies have proved less effective than might be expected In particular, no French company has so far been convicted in France for corruption However, a new anti-corruption bill has recently been adopted

France adopts new bill to fight against corruption

News / Trump and trade – how far will he go?

05-12-2016 /

On 21 Nov, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to sign an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first day in office. November has already seen Japan and New Zealand taking the first steps towards ratification of the TPP and the APEC forum issuing a statement affirming their commitment to free trade (with or without the US). So what does the future hold for US trade relations under a Trump presidency and what impact will this have on trade regulations?

Trump and trade – how far will he go?

News / ISO 37001 – A new anti-bribery benchmark for business and prosecutors

28-11-2016 /

In October 2016, the International Standards Organisation (“ISO”) published a new standard for anti-bribery management systems (ISO.org).

ISO 37001 – A new anti-bribery benchmark for business and prosecutors

News / Convicted on singles’ day

15-11-2016 /

On what has been declared singles’ day, Yak Yew Chee, a former private banker from BSI SA, became the first individual to be convicted in Singapore in the probe into the alleged multi-billiondollar misappropriation surrounding Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). More commonly associated with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib’s alleged channelling of over RM 2.67billion from 1MDB to his personal bank accounts, the ongoing scandal involves global corruption and money laundering.

Convicted on singles’ day

News / China gets serious in fight against bribery and corruption

07-11-2016 /

Four years on and there is still no sign of China’s anti-corruption campaign slowing. In a further display of China’s commitment to the campaign, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate jointly issued an interpretation on Several Issues concerning the Application of Law in the Handling of Criminal Cases relating to Graft and Bribery (the “Interpretation”) on 18 April 2016. The Interpretation supplements Amendment IX to the Criminal Law of the PRC (“Ninth Amendment”), which came into force on 1 November 2015.

China gets serious in fight against bribery and corruption

News / 1MDB: 1 More Dirty Bank?

31-10-2016 /

The 1 Malaysia Development Bank (1MDB) scandal is nothing short of newsworthy. With the incendiary ingredients comprising one minister of a resource rich developing nation, one Hollywood heartthrob, one state investment fund, a handful of corrupt cronies and several cooperative private bankers against the backdrop of a pessimistic economic situation, the meltdown was not going to be anything short of spectacular.

1MDB: 1 More Dirty Bank?

News / Hong Kong Competition Law – Surviving a dawn raid

27-10-2016 /

Since the Competition Ordinance came into force slightly over four months ago, the Competition Commission (‘Commission’) has received more than 750 complaints. However, the Commission has been reticent about which business and industries they will target. The reality is that any business, no matter large or small, is subject to the Competition Ordinance, and hence to being investigated for misconduct. The most powerful weapon in the Competition Commission’s arsenal is the Dawn Raid, where the authorities turn up unexpected and unannounced. In this briefing, we demystify the Dawn Raid.

Hong Kong Competition Law – Surviving a dawn raid

News / UK CS01 Confirmation statement

18-07-2016 /

Companies House has just published the CSO1 Confirmation statement which replaces the Annual Return, together with a Guide for directors, secretaries and persons acting as advisers to UK registered companies.

UK CS01 Confirmation statement

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