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Three subsidiaries of the French bank have been sanctioned by the financial regulator of Jersey for breaches of the fight against money laundering.
The Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) has decided to sanction three entities of the French bank for having in particular "failed to demonstrate that they had put in place adequate risk management systems", she indicates in a press release published in mid-February and reported by Les Echos. The Jersey financial regulator has therefore fined them nearly 720,000 pounds (approximately 830,000 euros) for breaches of the fight against money laundering.
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When contacted by Agence France-Presse, Société Générale did not comment. "This is the third time that the JFSC has used its powers to sanction financial services companies in Jersey for violating regulatory requirements," commented Martin Moloney, chief executive of the Channel Island regulator. , cited in the press release. Jersey, like Guernsey and the Isle of Man, does not belong to the United Kingdom but to the British monarchy and manages its internal affairs in complete autonomy, in particular tax matters. Often considered a tax haven, the island of Jersey announced in 2019, under pressure from the EU, a series of measures to bring more financial transparency. The three sanctioned entities are affiliates of SG Kleinwort Hambros, a British subsidiary of Societe Generale, dedicated to private banking and wealth management.
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A reduced fine
SGKH Bank received a fine of over 510,000 pounds, SGKH Trust over 155,000 and SGKH Corporate over 53,000 . "While there is no evidence that the three SGKH companies facilitated financial crime, companies must ensure that they are not at risk of being used in this way, as such use would undermine Jersey's integrity and financial stability, ”said Martin Moloney.
"The three companies of SG Kleinwort Hambros recognized their shortcomings at an early stage and took steps to effect changes aimed at strengthening their governance arrangements as well as their systems and compliance controls," he added. This cooperation of the banking subsidiaries enabled them to obtain a reduction by half of the amount of the fine initially envisaged.
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