Wolfsberg’s New Correspondent Banking Questionnaire Incorporates Specific Guidance to Aid in Sanctions Compliance

April 11, 2018
By: Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer SanctionsAlert.com

In direct response to increased regulatory expectations for enhanced due diligence in correspondent banking relationships, the Wolfsberg Group (Wolfsberg), published its new Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire (CBDDQ) in February 2018, incorporating a number of important changes. The new Questionnaireis not only four times as long as its 2014 predecessor, containing 110 instead of 28 questions, but has also expanded its scope to specifically address due diligence issues relating to Anti-Bribery and Corruption, Counter terrorism Financing,and Sanctions exposure controls. (more…)

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March 27, 2018

North Korea Generates $200 Million in Illicit Revenue and Continues to ‘Flout’ International Law – UN Report Claims

On March 5th, the United Nations (U.N.) Panel of Experts released its Report on North Korea sanctions pursuant to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2345 (2017) (the Report). The 298-page document details numerous examples of efforts by North Korea to evade U.N. sanctions and claims that the country has earned $200 million in 2017 concealing the origin of illicit exports. (more…)

2017 Magnitsky Act and Other Global Initiatives Underscore Vital Importance of Corruption Perception Index in Risk Assessment

March 12, 2018
By: Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer SanctionsAlert.com

Though the use of sanctions as an international means for deterring global corruption is not a novel concept, the consequence shave become broader than ever before and can expose a business to a number of risks and business disruptions.

Since last year, a number of new sanctions initiatives have been imposed that specifically target corrupt officials and practices.The 2017 U.S. Global Magnitsky Act, and equivalent regimes in Canada and the U.K, targets corrupt conduct by government officials regardless of where they are located in the world.Similarly – though not globally imposed – countries such as Syria (E.O. 13460), Zimbabwe (E.O. 13469), and most recently Venezuela (E.O.13692), have also targeted various individuals due to human rights violations as well as the presence of significant public corruption. (more…)