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ECB opinion on amended proposal making the EBA the sole EU authority tackling money laundering

On 12 September 2018, we blogged that the European Commission had published an amended proposal on the amendment of the three Regulations founding the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs). The amendments seek to centralise the tasks relating to the prevention and combatting of money-laundering and terrorist financing (AML/CTF) into the European Banking Authority (EBA). The amended … Continue Reading

UK’s measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing

On 7 December 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published the results of its assessment of the UK’s anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF) regime.  The assessment was a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of the UK’s measures and their level of compliance with the FATF Recommendations. Key findings from the FATF’s assessment … Continue Reading

Council of the EU outcomes on AML action plan

On 4 December 2018, the Council of the EU published a document containing the outcome of proceedings with regards the anti-money laundering (AML) action plan. In the context of money laundering, the Council: urges the swift implementation in Member States of the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and invites the transposition of the fifth Anti-Money Laundering … Continue Reading

Combating Money Laundering Directive published in OJ

On 12 November 2018, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ) Directive (EU) 2018/1673 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on combating money laundering by criminal law. The Directive provides a harmonised list of 22 predicate offences, which include cybercrime, aiding and abetting, inciting and … Continue Reading

AML update: what you may have missed

The last couple of months have been busy on the anti-money laundering (AML) front. In case you missed them here are the AML related blogs we have published since September: September European Commission proposes to make EBA sole EU authority tackling money laundering (13 September 2018); European Commission communication on strengthening EU AML supervision for … Continue Reading

ESAs consult on guidelines for cooperation between authorities under 4AMLD

On 8 November 2018, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities published a consultation paper on draft guidelines on cooperation and information exchange for the purposes of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) between competent authorities supervising credit and financial institutions. The draft guidelines set out the rules that govern the establishment and operation … Continue Reading

FATF Annual Report 2017-18

On 14 October 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published its annual report 2017-18. Among other things the annual report notes that during the year the FATF: completed its two-year terrorist financing operational plan and adopted a new plan to continue its focus on the evolving threat; revised its standards to respond to the … Continue Reading

FATF guidance on risk-based approach for securities sector

On 25 October 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published the final version of their guidance for a risk-based approach (RBA) for the securities sector (the Guidance). The RBA is key for businesses to understand the money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks to which they are exposed; the Guidance offers specific advice for … Continue Reading

HMT advisory notice regarding money laundering and terrorist financing controls in overseas jurisdictions

On 25 October 2018, HM Treasury updated its advisory notice on money laundering and terrorist financing controls in higher risk jurisdictions. The advisory notice briefly sets out the requirement to apply Enhanced Due Diligence for higher risk jurisdictions and attaches two statements that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published on 19 October 2018 identifying … Continue Reading

Bank forced to turn over SARs in data protection dispute

In a judgment recently published by the High Court (available here), a claimant has been granted the right to inspect suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed by his bank. The Court made the order in interlocutory proceedings brought in the course of an individual’s claim against his bank for breach of contract, breach of the Data … Continue Reading

Money laundering and terrorist financing risks in the e-money sector

On 3 October 2018, the FCA published Thematic Review 18/3: Money laundering and terrorist financing risks in the e-money sector (TR18/3). TR18/3 sets out the FCA’s findings following visits to 13 authorised Electronic Money Institutions and registered small Electronic Money Institutions (collectively EMIs) to assess their anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) controls. EMIs … Continue Reading

Council non-objection to Delegated Regulation adding Pakistan to list of high-risk third countries under MLD4

On 18 September 2018, the Council of the EU published the minutes of its meeting on general affairs (the Minutes). On page 13 of the Minutes, the Council provides a non-objection to the Commission Delegated Regulation adding Pakistan to the list of high-risk third countries under the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (the Delegated Regulation). The … Continue Reading

European Parliament adopts first reading positions on anti-money laundering instruments

On 12 September 2018, the European Parliament adopted its first reading positions on two measures to counter money laundering within the EU: Regulation (EU) 2018/… of the European Parliament and of the Council on controls on cash entering or leaving the Union and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1889/2005 (the Regulation). Directive (EU) 2018/… of the European … Continue Reading

European Commission communication on strengthening EU AML supervision for financial services

On 12 September 2018, the European Commission published a communication: Strengthening the Union framework for prudential and anti-money laundering (AML) supervision for financial institutions (the Communication). The Commission is concerned that gaps remain in the Union’s AML supervisory framework. In particular, concerns have arisen that there is no clear articulation between the prudential and AML … Continue Reading

European Commission proposes to make EBA sole EU authority tackling money laundering

On 12 September 2018, the European Commission published an amended proposal on the amendment of the three regulations founding the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs). The amendments proposed aim to centralise the tasks relating to the prevention and combatting of money-laundering and terrorist financing (AML/CTF) into the European Banking Authority (EBA). The amended proposal extends the … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation adding Pakistan to list of high-risk third countries under 4MLD

On 22 August 2018, the European Commission published a Delegated Regulation which amends Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 supplementing the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD). The Delegated Regulation adds Pakistan to the Annex of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 which details third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regimes. According to Article … Continue Reading

Canadian Cannabis and Money Laundering Risks for UK Business

Medical cannabis is already big business in Canada. With the production of recreational cannabis due to be legalised there in October 2018 that business is expected to continue to grow, with Deloitte estimating that the total legal cannabis market will generate some CAD4.34 billion in 2019. However, UK corporates and financial institutions wishing to invest … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing the 4MLD

There has been published in the OJ, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/1108 of 7 May 2018 supplementing the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive with regard to regulatory technical standards on the criteria for the appointment of central contact points for electronic money issuers and payment service providers and with rules on their functions. The Delegated Regulation … Continue Reading

The Law Commission consultation on reforming the SARs regime: Key takeaways for the financial sector

We have published a briefing analysing the key proposals in the Law Commission’s consultation on the SARs regime. The link can be found here: http://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/knowledge/publications/169657/the-law-commission-consultation-on-reforming-the-sars-regime-key-takeaways-for-the-financial-sector    … Continue Reading

FATF report on professional money laundering

On 26 July 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a report that looks at the techniques and tools used by professional money launderers (PMLs), to help countries identify and dismantle them. The report identifies the key characteristics of the individual PML, the professional money laundering organisation and the professional money laundering network of … Continue Reading

The Law Commission consults on SARs regime

On 20 July 2018, the Law Commission published a consultation paper on anti-money laundering and the Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regime. The Law Commission is seeking consultees for their views on a ranged of proposed solutions to remedy the detrimental impact of the SARs regime on the financial sector. The consultation paper has three principal … Continue Reading

EBA publishes final guidelines on fraud reporting under PSD2

On 18 July 2018, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published final guidelines on fraud reporting under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The guidelines require payment service providers across the EU to collect and report data on payment transactions and fraudulent payment transactions using a consistent methodology, definitions and data breakdowns. The next step is … Continue Reading

FATF papers

On 18 July 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published its report to the July 2018 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ meeting. The report sets out FATF’s ongoing work to fight money laundering and terrorist financing. Such work includes de-risking and money laundering and terrorist financing risks of virtual currencies / crypto … Continue Reading
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