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New Zealand: New Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules to be Developed Following Release of Panama Papers

On July 13, 2016, the New Zealand government released its response to recommendations that resulted from a review of the country’s foreign trust disclosure rules.  (Press Release, Bill English & Michael Woodhouse, Government to Adopt Shewan Recommendations, BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ (July 13, 2016); GOVERNMENT INQUIRY INTO FOREIGN TRUST DISCLOSURE RULES (Inquiry Report) (June 2016), Treasury website.)  The […]

North Korea: Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Law Adopted

(May 19, 2016) On April 20, 2016, the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) issued a decree on the adoption of the Law on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism. The Law has 40 articles divided among six chapters.  (Revision: KCNA: North Korea Adopts New Law […]

European Union: Parliament Approves Fourth Money Laundering Directive

(June 18, 2015) On May 22, 2015, the European Parliament adopted its fourth anti-money laundering Directive, designed to contribute more effectively to the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism across the European Union. (Press Release, European Commission, European Parliament Backs Stronger Rules to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (May 20, 2015).) […]

Denmark: Package of Measures to Combat Cross-Border Tax Evasion and Use of Tax Havens

(Nov. 24, 2014) On November 6, 2014, the Danish Ministry of Taxation published a package of measures on the prevention of tax evasion and the use of tax havens. (Laura Ambagtsheer-Pakarinen, Denmark: Government Publishes Package on Measures to Prevent Tax Evasion, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Nov. 6, 2014), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.) […]

Israel: Anti-Money Laundering Law Amended

(Oct. 7, 2014) On July 30, 2014, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prohibition on Money Laundering (Amendment No. 13) Law, 5774-2014 (Amendment Law [in Hebrew], Knesset website [scroll down to appropriate link on the right]), amending the 2000 law on the subject. (Prohibition on Money Laundering Law, 5760-2000, SEFER HAHUKIM 5760 No. 1753 p. […]

Canada: Canada Passes Law Regulating Virtual Currencies as “Money Service Businesses”

(July 9, 2014) On June 19, 2014, the Governor General of Canada gave his royal assent to Bill C-31 (An Act to Implement Certain Provisions of the Budget Tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and Other Measures (Bill C-31), STATUES OF CANADA 2014, Ch. 20), which includes amendments to Canada’s Proceeds of Crime (Money […]

Egypt: Presidential Decree Amending the Law on Money Laundering to Combat Terrorism

(May 20, 2014) On May 13, 2014, Egypt’s Interim President, Adly Mansour, issued a decree amending Law No. 80 of 2002 on combating money laundering. The purpose of the amendment is to curb the wave of terrorist acts that have plagued the country since July 2013. (A Presidential Decree to Modify Law to Combat Money […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement to Establish Joint Anti-Money Laundering Body

(Apr. 4, 2014) In March 2014, attorney generals from California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and New Mexico signed a letter of intent aimed at establishing a binational anti-money laundering working group with Mexico’s National Banking and Securities Commission. (Press Release, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, U.S. State Attorneys General Sign Anti-Money Laundering Cooperation Agreement with Mexico […]

Angola: Anti-Terrorism and Money Laundering Law

(Feb. 28, 2014) On February 10, 2014, Angola’s National Assembly (the parliament) enacted Law No. 3, which further criminalizes money laundering offenses related to the financing of terrorism (Lei No. 3/14, de 10 de Fevereiro, Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Angola website [choose Legislação Complementar Relevante in category dropdown box […]

Canada: Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regulations for Virtual Currencies to Be Introduced

(Feb. 14, 2014) On February 11, 2014, the Canadian Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, unveiled the Federal Budget for 2014, which included a brief mention of the plans of the Canadian government to introduce anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regulations for virtual currencies such as Bitcoin. (Hon. James M. Flaherty, The Road to Balance: Creating Jobs […]