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Financial Crime

Publication of a Notice of the fact of a Prohibition Order and a Discretionary Financial Penalty

3rd February 2023
On 2 February 2023, the Commission imposed discretionary financial penalties as follows: Mr William Stephen Cairns (“Mr Cairns”) a financial penalty of £133,000; and Mr Du Preez Gert Vermeulen (“Mr Vermeulen”) a financial penalty of £35,000. Further, on the above date, the Commission imposed the prohibitions as follows: Mr Cairns prohibited from all functions for a period of ten years and six...

Crescendo Advisors International Limited, Mr Hamish Jebb Hamilton Few

30th December 2022
The Financial Services Business (Enforcement Powers) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020 (“the Enforcement Powers Law”) The Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987 and the Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020 (collectively “the POI Law”)[i] Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) (Financial Services Businesses) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2007 (“the...

Thematic Review of ML and TF Business Risk Assessments

15th December 2022
The Commission has today issued its report on the thematic review of the money laundering and terrorist financing business risk assessments of more than 100 licensed and registered firms across all sectors. The thematic was undertaken to assess how well firms identified and assessed these risks to their businesses. The results were positive, demonstrating that most Business Risk Assessments met...

Six Directorships Registration Proposals

8th December 2022
Following the States of Guernsey's Policy & Resources Committee’s recent publication of its Consultation Paper on proposed revisions to the supervisory framework surrounding the six directorship exemption, the Commission will be hosting two meetings for interested persons at its offices on Glategny Esplanade on the following dates: Wednesday 21 December 2022 from 8.30am to 10am and on Monday 9...

Consultation on ‘six directorship’ exemption for directors

24th November 2022
The Policy & Resources Committee has today published a Consultation Paper seeking views on a proposed change to the requirements which affect some individuals acting as company directors, by way of business, in or from within the Bailiwick. The Commission encourages industry and stakeholders to contribute their feedback. Acting as a director for any company in the Bailiwick, by way of business...

AML/CFT Handbook Update

16th November 2022
Appendix H The Commission has today updated Appendix H of the Handbook as a result of the FATF's announcement that it has added Myanmar to its list of jurisdictions subject to a call for action. Myanmar was previously on the FATF’s list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring. Appendix H of the Handbook identifies those countries and territories which the FATF has listed as high risk. Firms...

2022 Financial Crime Risk Return Reminder

6th October 2022
The Commission wishes to remind all financial services businesses and prescribed businesses (with the exception of personal fiduciary licensees and general insurers) that the 2022 Financial Crime Risk Return (“the Return”) is due for submission by 31 October 2022. The Return can be found via the Commission’s Online Submissions Portal. Should you have any technical difficulties/queries relating to...

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...