Dramatic year for bank supervision

2018 will go down in history as a record year for AML related scandals, fines and actions (including regulatory actions), nonetheless, before ending the first month of 2019, it appears that what was seen as a unique global treat appears to be simply one more of many banks being used to launder money and to profit from financial criminality.

The Maltese authorities fear that this case will make look previous detected cases as “child play”.
The Maltese FIU had frozen more than 12000 accounts linked to this case at SataBank and set EY as new administrator of the bank.
The dramatic analysis that brought to the decision of putting the bank under the administration of EY, was reported as being the tip of the Iceberg in this case as after the new administration it has been noted that management was running business with disregard of compliance, AML and KYC rules.

Some have compared Databank with the UK bank Revolut, as it allowed small transfers of money in a similar way, nothing that the way a person transfer 50€ does not differ in much of the way 50 Million € are transferred.
Some relevant items that are now analysed are: i) previous and current legal actions against the owner, ii) the business model of the bank with showed very little interest in core banking activities, ii)the surrounding of the payment institution licence in Luxembourg after gaining the banking licence in Malta and iv) location of servers housing the bank activity.

Even if other banks have expressed interest in buying the bank, this should be authorised by the European Central Bank  and the business model changes (sources linked to the case said).



Jaime Prieto

Mr. Jaime Prieto is a lawyer experienced in Financial Crime, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing having extensive professional experience in both public and private sectors. Mr. Prieto has been a Head of Compliance in the European Union, the Americas and the Caribbean for banks, trust companies, asset managers, Big Four audit and advisory firms, RegTechs, government agencies and other types of financial professionals. In addition to his experience, he has been legal and educational chair in several compliance and sectorial organisations and performed as a teacher and speaker for a number of organisations and in several local and international forums. Furthermore, Mr. Prieto is an experienced Money Laundering Reporting Officer anda Data Protection officer with additional experience in risk management.

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