• Russian sanctions and global supply chains

    New Russian sanctions have serious implications for global supply chains
    To mitigate legal risks, any businesses potentially exposed to Russian clients or suppliers should perform ad hoc sanctions screenings immediately, and be alert to the evolving situation.

    This involves checking that any individuals, organisations or third parties you are dealing with are not subject these new sanctions.

    illion […]

  • Keeping an eye on complex structures

    Non-individual customers can present a higher level of risk than individual customers.

    Verifying the identity of the beneficial owners behind a complex business structure requires much greater due diligence.

    One key obligation is to consider the various risks these beneficial owners may pose to your business and the Australian community.
    The challenges behind non-individual customers
    In a recent report […]

  • Understanding partial CCR account data

    We have recently announced that Optus is the first company to provide partial CCR account data to credit bureaus.

    As partial CCR data does not include a customer’s repayment history, its important credit providers understand how to interpret the data.

    In light of this, we would like to explain exactly what this data represents and how it […]

  • Fraud and money laundering remain a problem for NBLF sector

    AUSTRAC has released a risk assessment of the Non-Bank Lending and Financing sector (NBLFs).

    This insightful report has confirmed AUSTRAC’s overall assessment of the money laundering and terrorism funding risk for NBLFs as medium, however specific risks that need to be considered are identified.

    The main threat faced by NBLFs is fraud, particularly loan application fraud, identity […]

  • Australia moves on human rights – Are you exposed?

    For more than half a century, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other widely endorsed conventions have established a global framework for promoting respect for human rights.

    Despite these worthy initiatives, the ability to deter human rights violations and enforce international accountability for those responsible for such abuses, have proven to be significant […]

  • AML spotlight burns brighter

    New reforms to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act have now come into effect.
    According to AUSTRAC, the reforms aim to streamline compliance and help protect business from money laundering, terrorism financing and other serious crimes. Customer identification procedures are a key feature of the changes.

    These include:

    New circumstances in which reporting entities may rely […]

  • When the regulator comes knocking…

    As the threat of money laundering and terrorism financing in Australia and New Zealand continues to evolve, maintaining visibility and ensuring you have sufficient information on your customer portfolio is vital.

    With recent AML breaches from high profile financial institutions on both sides of the Tasman, regulators are now being far more active in investigating AML […]

  • PEP & Sanctions Q&A

    illion recently hosted an insightful PEP & Sanctions webinar for clients.

    Richard Atkinson, illion’s GM Consumer risk and AML, was joined by Nick Parfitt, Head of Market Planning at Acuris, and Neil Marshal, Partner Manager at FinScan – both UK-based organisations.

    Here are some of the key questions that were discussed during the presentationThere are really three […]

  • Three key AML updates for 2021

    According to The Australian Financial Review, Australian banks were fined a whopping $1.3bn last year – mostly for breaches of anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF).

    As well as indicating the regulator’s enthusiasm for pursuing violations and doing all that is within its means to curb criminal behaviour, the fines show many reporting entities are […]