Bank rapped for money laundering rules breaches
Swiss financial market supervisor FINMA on Thursday reprimanded private Bank SYZ over money laundering rules breaches involving business ties with a politically exposed Angolan client who made transactions worth tens of millions of Swiss francs.
“FINMA found that the bank did not make sufficient efforts to investigate the substantial growth in the client’s assets,” the watchdog said, adding it had also failed to clarify the client’s high-risk transactions. Bank
SYZ said it had taken a number of measures to improve the systems it had in place.
“The bank attaches the utmost importance to compliance with its anti-money laundering obligations,” it said. “Unfortunately, for a specific business relationship, the procedures put in place proved to be inadequate.”