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Insights 7 minute READ 05/20/2021

Governor of Lebanon’s Central Bank Accused of Financial Crimes Linked to Dozens of Companies

As Lebanon faces a devastating economic crisis, authorities from multiple jurisdictions are coordinating efforts to track the movement of funds and assets linked to the governor of the Central Bank of [..]

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Insights 3 minute READ 03/11/2021

PIF Investments in U.S. Companies Could Create Vulnerabilities to Potential Sanctions & Complicate Planned Strategic Projects

A recent report from the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the crown prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, ordered the “capture or killing” of journalist [..]

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Insights 5 minute READ 02/25/2021

UK Property and Corporate Records Highlight Real Estate Holdings of Gulf Elites

Major business leaders and political figures from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) monarchies invest billions of dollars into the UK real estate market annually. UK property records show that some [..]

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Insights 3 minute READ 01/20/2021

Sanctions and Stables: Public Records Show Recently Sanctioned Horse Trainer Controls Companies in the U.S. and UK

A recently sanctioned UAE-based horse trainer maintains a network of previously unreported companies within the U.S. and UK. The network, which also has ties to Gulf-based Arab elites, highlights a [..]

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Insights 4 minute READ 12/28/2020

Public Records Indicate Lebanese PEP May Have Used Corrupt Assets to Build Real Estate Empire

The Middle East can be a lucrative business environment due to the continued liberalization of foreign investment laws and its relatively large and young working-age population. Unfortunately, the [..]

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Insights 5 minute READ 10/28/2020

Public Records, FinCEN Files Show Kaloti Network Poses Risk of Sourcing Illicit Gold and Money Laundering

The illicit gold trade continues to challenge global anti-money laundering (AML) efforts, as shown in “the FinCEN Files,” a collection of more than 2,100 leaked Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) [..]

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Insights 2 minute READ 09/29/2020

Lebanese Distributors Possibly Re-Exporting US Products to Sanctioned Jurisdictions

The Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade maintains a publicly available, electronic database documenting contracts between international companies and Lebanese third-party distributors. Details show [..]

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Insights 6 minute READ 09/04/2020

Historic Counterfeit Cigarette Case Highlights Vulnerabilities in Middle East Tobacco Markets

Jordan is witnessing the largest corruption trial in its history, known locally as Qadhiiyat Al-Dukhan (the smoke case). The trial began in the summer of 2018 amidst major protests and the arrival of [..]

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Insights 3 minute READ 08/21/2020

What We Can Learn from Jordan’s Foreign Investment Laws

Since the mid-1990s, Jordan has steadily moved away from a centrally planned economy — in which the state plays a central role in the manufacturing and distribution of goods — and toward a private [..]

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Insights 2 minute READ 08/05/2020

Recent Article Suggests U.S. Cash Flows to Iraqi Dollar Auction Inadvertently Supports Bad Actors

The New York Times Magazine published an article last week covering what the author calls the Iraqi kleptocracy — a structure unintentionally reinforced by a yearly injection of cash from the United [..]

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