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Mexico: Amendment to Anti-Money Laundering Law Pertaining to Cryptocurrencies

(May 22, 2018) Mexico’s Federal Law for the Prevention and Identification of Transactions with Resources of Illicit Origin (commonly referred to as the Anti-Money Laundering Law) was amended in March 2018 in order to regulate transactions with “virtual assets”—that is, cryptocurrencies. (Ley Federal para la Prevención e Identificación de Operaciones con Recursos de Procedencia Ilícita [Federal […]

Spain: Drug Trafficking Ring Using Cryptocurrency to Launder Money Arrested

(May 1, 2018) On April 9, 2018, the Guardia Civil (Spanish Police), in an operation called “Tulipán Blanca” (White Tulip), arrested eleven members of a drug trafficking ring that was laundering money using bitcoins. The police operation was coordinated with Europol, Finnish law enforcement authorities, and the US Department of Homeland Security. (Detenido un Tarraconense […]

Iran: IMF Evaluates Iran’s Legislative and Institutional Efforts to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

(Apr. 13, 2018) In its March 2018 report assessing the economic situation in Iran, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) found that Iran had made progress in reforming its policies on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and was taking steps to improve the country’s connections to the international banking and trade system. (IMF, […]

Israel: New Law Restricts Use of Cash

(Mar. 27, 2018) On March 12, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) gave final approval for the Minimizing Use of Cash Bill, 5778-2018. The bill provides a monetary ceiling above which dealing in Israeli legal tender or in foreign currency in cash is prohibited. The restrictions will generally enter into effect on January 1, 2019. (Minimizing […]

China: New Rules Increase Restrictions on Overseas Cash Withdrawals

(Jan. 24, 2018) On December 29, 2017, China’s foreign exchange regulator, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), issued a circular regulating overseas cash withdrawals using Chinese bank cards. (Guojia Waihui Guanliju Guanyu Guifan Yinhangka Jingwai Da’e Tiqu Xianjin JIaoyi de Tongzhi [SAFE Circular on Regulating Large Overseas Cash Withdrawals on Bank Cards] (SAFE Circular) […]

Indonesia: Anti-Money Laundering and Terror Funding Rules Tightened

(Oct. 3, 2017) On September 13, 2017, Bank Indonesia, known in Indonesian as Bank Sentral Republik Indonesia, issued a new regulation designed to further limit money laundering and financing of terrorism. (Indonesia Tightens Rules to Curb Money Laundering, Terror Funding, REUTERS (Sept. 13, 2017).)  The regulation applies to non-bank financial service providers, including institutions that […]

Philippines: Amendment to Money Laundering Law to Include Casinos

(Aug. 25, 2017) In July 2017 the Philippine Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) was amended to add casinos to the list of entities that are subject to its provisions, and thus certain gambling transactions must now be reported to government authorities. (Press Release, Duterte Signs Law Expanding AMLA Coverage to Include Casinos (July 19, 2017), Philippine […]

South Africa: Financial Intelligence Centre Act Amended

(May 25, 2017) On April 29, 2017, South African President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act, 2017, amending the Financial Intelligence Centre Act of 2001, an Act designed to “combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.”  (Press Release, President Jacob Zuma Signs FICA Bill into Law, South African Government website […]

Macau: ID Card Scan and Facial Recognition Required for Mainland Bank Card Holders Using ATMs

(May 11, 2017) On May 7, 2017, the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China announced that “know your customer” (KYC) technology will be installed in automated teller machines (ATMs) in the city, in particular those in and near casinos.  Holders of UnionPay cards issued by mainland China […]

Kenya: Anti-Money Laundering Law Amended

(Mar. 24, 2017) On March 3, 2017, the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, signed into law the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill.  During the signing ceremony, he reportedly noted that “[t]his is a major tool in our sustained efforts to fight corruption.  It means that no proceeds of theft and corruption are beyond the […]