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The UK’s anti money laundering regime – A time for celebration?


Mutual evaluations from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) are big news within the anti money laundering (AML) community; its peer reviews provide insight into the AML framework of a country, the key risks that it faces and how those risks are managed.....More

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Pakistan added to FATF Grey List


The FATF’s International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) identified four key areas of concern in respect of Pakistan; can these be resolved?

How effective is Ireland's AML system? An analysis of FATF Mutual Evaluation Report for Ireland


Ireland is an important regional and international financial hub and is included in the IMF’s 29 systematically important financial centres. This is evidenced in the sheer number of banks looking to move some of their operations from London to Dublin in the wake of Brexit.....More

FATF Mutual Evaluation – United States


The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released this month their first Mutual Evaluation of the United States since 2006.

Beneficial ownership: A new era of openness? (United Arab Emirates)


Beneficial ownership is a phrase likely to leave the average person baffled and probably not very bothered. But it’s a concept set to attract much more interest over the coming months and years, thanks to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD), and the central registers of beneficial owners that it will introduce.....More

Panama in the spotlight: making progress on money laundering?


There’s a saying about there being no such thing as bad publicity, though anyone who has been on the receiving end of negative media reports would probably not agree. Panama has attracted global attention as a result of the April 2016 publication by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists of the Panama Papers...

Reporting Suspicions of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Spotlight on the Netherlands


At the International Compliance Association, we regularly find ourselves discussing money laundering and related issues. The reporting of suspicious transactions is a topic that often crops up and we’ve recently done some work around different reporting regimes around the world, how figures from different countries compare, whether national challenges are similar and if there are similarities in the entities submitting the highest number of reports. As a result, I took a closer look at the Netherlands.....More

Beneficial ownership: A new era of openness? (Germany)


Beneficial ownership is a phrase likely to leave the average person baffled and probably not very bothered. But it’s a concept set to attract much more interest over the coming months and years, thanks to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, and the central registers of beneficial owners that it will introduce.

Beneficial ownership: A new era of openness? (Switzerland)


Beneficial ownership is a phrase likely to leave the average person baffled and probably not very bothered. But it’s a concept set to attract much more interest over the coming months and years, thanks to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD), and the central registers of beneficial owners that it will introduce.....More

Beneficial ownership: A new era of openness? (France)


Beneficial ownership is a phrase likely to leave the average person baffled and probably not very bothered. But it’s a concept set to attract much more interest over the coming months and years, thanks to the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, and the central registers of beneficial owners that it will introduce.

Reporting Suspicions of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – The German Perspective


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Reporting Suspicions of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Spotlight on France


We started discussing suspicious transaction reporting regimes around the world, wondering how the UK's figures compared to other countries, whether the challenges were similar and if there were similarities in the entities submitting the highest number of reports. This led to my taking a closer look at what was happening in France.

Reporting Suspicions of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – A Closer Look at Switzerland


At the International Compliance Association we find ourselves discussing money laundering issues almost constantly. One of the reasons that I love my job is that I get to discuss the finer points of anti money laundering regulations with other like-minded people.....More

Threat of “KYCC” highlights need for joined-up approach to financial inclusion and financial integri ...


“There is a risk of setting a ‘know your customer’s customer’ standard for the whole global system,” Anders Borg, former Swedish Finance Minister, has warned.

Blacklists, PEPs, corruption and regulation. How is 2015 looking so far?


January 15th saw a round of face to face meetings for jurisdictions found to be lacking in the last FATF plenary, with the APG ML in Sydney....More

AML and CTF: Are controls designed to mitigate risk also hampering firms?


The ‘over-zealous’ application of foreign money laundering rules means British banks are facing risks of slower growth abroad, while also meaning weaker economies are facing exclusion from global financial markets. Or at least, this was the signal sent by the BoE deputy governor, Andrew Bailey, on 4 November 2014, who said:

APAC nations learning compliance lessons from each other


When someone asked me to cover this region for the first time, I thought it was ambitious. The more I learned about Asia Pacific (APAC), the more that statement made sense. Financial services compliance in APAC is moving at both light speed and a snail's pace, depending on where you are standing.....More

PEPs: it’s not working, let’s face it. It's time to rethink our approach


It is time for a fundamental rethink of how regulators, lawmakers and firms manage the risk of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs). What we are doing now is clearly not working.

Don't they say that life begins at 40? FATF believe so.


So it has arrived – the revised version of the FATF 40 + 9 and what do we see? I am sure I will not be the only blog or commentary on this issue, and I definitely need to take a more in depth look, but I thought I would share my very initial observations and thoughts.....More

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