State of Financial Crime 2023 Report

Financial Crime

The shifting typologies financial crime compliance professionals seek to identify, monitor, and report on reflect the volatility of the wider economic landscape. But in addition to commonly known and understood risks, such as money mules, a host of typologies are emerging that firms need to understand and assess for 2023.

In our State of Financial Crime 2023 survey, more than one in three senior compliance professionals cited reputational risk as the factor most likely to drive change within their organization. This was a 6 percentage point rise from the previous year. Indeed, reputational risk was the only factor to see a year-on-year increase.  

Protests across Ottawa and US-Canada border crossings in 2022 brought global awareness to the problem of crowdfunding platforms being used to finance extremist groups. Crowdfunding has also supported terrorist financing (TF) – notably, for Islamic State (IS) operatives in Syria.

In our 2022 survey of global compliance professionals, 45 percent of financial institutions said supply chain risk is the area their organization is most focused on improving. Much of this concern is likely driven by the intersection of complex supply chains with a volatile economic environment.

Our annual global compliance survey doesn’t just look at the anti-money laundering (AML) implications of hot topics like the uncertain global economy and Russia’s war in Ukraine, important though those are. It also takes an extended view, exploring the longer-term trends that shape how compliance professionals go about their work. 

2023 was supposed to be the year we escaped the shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the results of our annual survey of 800 C-suite and senior compliance decision-makers across the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia suggest otherwise. 

Unsurprisingly, due to the war in Ukraine, Russia topped this year’s list of geopolitical hotspots firms are most concerned about. The development of sanctions against Russia in 2023 is likely to hinge on developments on the battlefield in Ukraine itself.

When asked which area of their compliance function would be at risk in an audit, 48 percent – the highest proportion – told us it would be their knowledge of regulations. This blog explores the evolving anti-money laundering regulatory landscape, examining several global trends and themes in major economies.

The first Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary under the two-year Singapore Presidency of T. Raja Kumar took place in Paris on October 20-21, 2022.  Discussions centered around: Additions to the blacklist Changes to the grey list Further restrictions placed […]