In the past four weeks, we have seen the highly infectious coronavirus be declared a global pandemic and make its way into conversations at every level of society. What started as a trivial water cooler discussion topic in early January which people compared to the outbreak to the common flu has now sent the world into lockdown and global markets into freefall. For us and our clients the current situation presents a case in which many firm’s business continuity plans may be tested and therefore ensuring these are effective and appropriate is of the upmost concern.
In writing this article I am trying to provide advice and awareness for our clients on the importance of reviewing their business continuity plans especially whenever we are all faced with macro events such as Covid-19. As advisors I do feel that flagging regulatory issues and supervisor warnings (such as the FCA notice last week regarding continuity planning) is an important part of our remit. This is even more relevant whenever we are facing events that are as serious as Covid-19.
FinTechNI, a collaboration between stakeholders in the local FinTech community to spearhead, publicise and promote Northern Ireland as a major FinTech hub, today announced it will host an evening with US-based financial services veteran, Bo Brustkern, on Thursday 13th June 2019, at Catalyst Belfast FinTech Hub.
Last month Standard Chartered bank agreed to pay a $1.1 billion for both Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions violations. This blog is an overview of the bank’s failures in relation to both cross-border violations and what they mean for firms.
fscom’s Director, Alison Donnelly, who was recently appointed as the European Women in Payments Network (EWPN) Ambassador for Ireland, will be hosting the event at the offices of FPAI.
fscom is proud to announce a refresh of its brand identity.
Last year saw an unwelcome re-emergence of the so-called ‘laundromat’ scandal; the term, which harks back to the dry-cleaning establishments into which Al Capone and the Chicago mob funnelled their ill-gotten gains, was popularly attributed to a large-scale criminal money laundering scheme (uncovered in 2014) in which $20.8bn was laundered out of Russia through 96 countries and, more recently, to the rapidly developing scandal involving Danske Bank and its Estonian subsidiaries.
fscom is delighted to announce its appointment of Tony Brown as our new Senior Manager in Financial Crime.
Tony brings with him over 15 years of financial services experience to the team specialising in Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime Prevention.