(Singapore September 19, 2023) The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced in itstoday the detailed robust enforcement actions taken against financial institutions (FIs) and individuals for market abuse, financial services misconduct and money laundering (ML) related offences.
“MAS has taken strong enforcement actions and deepened relationships with our partners to uphold the integrity and reputation of Singapore as a trusted financial centre,” said Ms Peggy Pao, Executive Director (Enforcement), MAS.
“Even as the novelty and complexity of our cases increase, we will continue to administer an effective and fair enforcement regime in order to deter misconduct, protect consumers and maintain investor confidence.”
The Report covers enforcement actions taken during the period January 2022 to June 2023 for breaches of MAS’ regulatory requirements.
Among them: high-profile actions against four financial institutions in relation to their dealings with Wirecard-linked persons, as well as against Noble Group Limited and individuals relating to Three Arrows Capital; $7.10 million in composition penalties for anti-ML related breaches and $12.96 million in civil penalties for market abuse cases; 18 prohibition orders issued against unfit representatives; 39 criminal convictions of individuals involved in market misconduct and related offences; a result of joint investigations with the Singapore Police Force’s Commercial Affairs Department (CAD).
The Report also includes new features to provide more granular disclosure of MAS’ enforcement activities and more comprehensive coverage of the combined investigation efforts of MAS and the CAD in tackling offences under the Securities and Futures Act and the Financial Advisers Act.
They include statistics on cases opened for review and investigation during the reporting period, broken down by offence types; more details on enforcement outcomes in terms of offence types.
MAS’s enforcement priorities for 2023 and 2024 include: enhancing capabilities to tackle misconduct in the digital asset ecosystem, including by working with foreign regulators and law enforcement agencies to obtain and share information on errant entities and individuals; continued focus on asset and wealth managers’ compliance with the applicable laws and regulations, particularly business conduct and anti-ML and countering the financing of terrorism requirements, and holding senior management accountable for their FI’s lapses where appropriate.