Efforts around the globe to identify Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) within companies, trusts and funds have intensified in recent months. This puts extraordinary pressure on global businesses to remain alert to, and in compliance with, fast shifts in the regulatory landscape.
Monitoring developments across the Asia-Pacific region has made it clear there is growing demand for, and avid interest in, due diligence expertise to help address risk challenges there. We are pleased to report the opening of our Asia regional office this month.
Compliance professionals are aware that substandard anti-money laundering (AML) processes and procedures and insufficient know-your-customer screening can open the floodgates for financial crime. Even with this knowledge, the high-profile scandal engulfing Denmark’s largest financial institution, Danske Bank, is a vivid reminder of the monumental scale of legal and reputational risks that arise from inattention to internal controls.
Our study of the impact investing diligence space revealed scores of complex and unresolved questions about measuring the tangible, and not-so-tangible, concepts that make up the ethical investing picture. And it inspired us to create IntegrityRisk ImpactCheck.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) Criminal Division’s recently updated guidance for white-collar prosecutors — about evaluating corporate compliance programs — offers a roadmap for companies to pressure test whether their compliance policies meet defensible standards of care.
Recent developments on the US and foreign law enforcement fronts, alongside signals of a potential shift in Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) obligations, renew pressure on entities to ensure that the quality of their beneficial ownership compliance and third-party screening practices meets rising expectations.