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Financial Crime

Mr Geoffrey John Trebert

20th September 2022
On 15 September 2022, the Commission imposed a discretionary financial penalty of £87,500 on Geoffrey John Trebert and prohibited him from holding the position of controller, director, partner, manager, money laundering reporting officer and money laundering compliance officer for a period of two years and ten months. The exemption set out in section 3(1)(g) of the Fiduciaries Law (which would...

Mr Gary William Jason Durkin

12th September 2022
On 7 September 2022, the Commission imposed a discretionary financial penalty of £35,000 on Gary William Jason Durkin. The above financial penalty was imposed on Mr Durkin following his failure to meet the Minimum Criteria for Licensing as set out in Schedule 1 to The Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020 and Schedule 4 to...

AML/CFT Handbook Update and Gibraltar Instruction

21st July 2022
The Commission has today issued amendments to the country lists in Appendix C and Appendix I of the Handbook on Countering Financial Crime and Terrorist Financing reflecting the Financial Action Task Force’s updated list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring, which now includes Gibraltar. The amendments include the removal of Gibraltar from the list of equivalent jurisdictions in Appendix C...

Consultation Paper on The Lending, Credit & Finance Rules, Guidance and Implementation

21st July 2022
The Commission has today published a Consultation Paper setting out the Commission’s Rules and approach for regulating the sectors covered by The Lending, Credit and Finance (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2022, and is seeking feedback on its proposed Rules and approach. The purpose of the new Law, which was passed by the States of Guernsey on 14 July 2022, is to protect customers in the Bailiwick...

Commission consults on Fees for 2023

20th July 2022
The Commission today launches a consultation paper on proposals for increasing the licence fees paid by firms. The consultation period will close on Wednesday 14 September. The consultation paper is available on the Commission’s Consultation Hub. The Commission is consulting on an overall increase in fees of 9%. Other specific proposals to change fees are outlined in the consultation paper and...

Artemis Trustees Limited

7th July 2022
On 24 June 2022 the Commission imposed a discretionary financial penalty on Artemis Trustees Limited of £450,000. The above sanction was imposed on Artemis Trustees Limited as a result of their failure to meet the minimum criteria for licensing under The Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc. (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020. More details to follow in due...

The Bailiwick’s compliance with financial sanctions

11th May 2022
The Commission has today issued its report on the thematic review of its licensees’ effectiveness in monitoring and compliance with targeted financial sanctions. The results showed that the sanctions screening systems that firms use are effective. A copy of the thematic review can be found on the Financial Crime Division's Thematic Reviews page. The Commission undertook this work in 2021 having...

AML/CFT Handbook - Appendix I Update

22nd March 2022
The Commission has today updated Appendix I of the Handbook as a result of the FATF's announcement that it has added the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) to its list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring and has removed Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe remains on Appendix I as it is listed by other relevant external sources. Appendix I lists countries and territories that are identified by relevant external...

Enhanced Authorisations Approach to some Applications

3rd March 2022
This notice is to provide notification that, in light of the war in Ukraine, any application involving individuals, entities or investments connected with Russia is ineligible for consideration through any of the Commission’s fast-track application regimes. The Commission will expect any application to be accompanied by reputable legal advice confirming the individuals and entities involved have...