Know your customer: this is why banks WILL ask you awkward questions
Banks are fined hundreds of millions of dollars for insufficient customer verification. This is exactly what happened with the largest bank in Pakistan, which received a $ 225 million fine and is now forced to close a branch in New York.
In early September, Habib Bank, which is the largest in Pakistan, was sentenced in New York. According to the Department of Financial Services, the bank did not conduct sufficient customer audits that are required by New York law. The bank was fined $ 225 million for not combating money laundering and financing terrorism, for ignorance in an adequate form of reporting, and they demanded to close the branch in the city. Continue reading
How can a non-resident open an account in Europe without visiting a bank?
Today, a foreign bank account in a country with a reliable and well-organized banking system is an indispensable tool for both private and corporate individuals. Problems in the banking sector and crises in the home country, the risk of loss of assets due to criminal or legal prosecution, currency depreciation – these and other reasons make many people think about withdrawing money to a safer place.
The banking system of many European countries is well developed, reliable and well organized. Continue reading
Offshore World Bank Almanac – Canada
Canada is not a traditional offshore jurisdiction. Taxes in Canada are higher than in the US, and you are unlikely to open an account in Canada remotely without special knowledge and very long negotiations with dozens of banks. Very often, our clients who are interested in opening an account in a Canadian bank, after consultation, thank for the advice to open an account in a Canadian bank branch on one of the islands of West India, for example, on St. Kitts or Nevis. Continue reading