Tag Archives: AML

FCA looks at new technologies and AML

FCA has published the results of a survey it commissioned on emerging technologies, and how they can help firms in their AML prevention work. Firms make significant use of technology, particularly in onboarding, analytics on client screening, and saw great potential in technology helping in transaction monitoring. FCA is keen to help firms use technology […]

FCA publishes consultation on Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision

FCA has published a consultation on the proposed text for a specialist sourcebook setting out the new Office for Professional Body Anti- Money Laundering Supervision’s (OPBAS) expectations in relation to anti-money laundering supervision. OPBAS will oversee 22 professional body anti money laundering supervisors such as the Law Society / Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Association […]

Treasury confirms new AML super-supervisor

Treasury has confirmed how the new Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS) will work to help supervisors and law enforcement work together more effectively to tackle money laundering. OPBAS will work to set the standards the 25 AML supervisors under the 2017 MLRs must meet. Treasury has published draft new regulations with a […]

FSB publishes report on action plan to address decline in correspondent banking

By way of update to the G20 leaders, the FSB published a report on its action plan to assess and address the decline in correspondent banking (CB). In November 2015, the FSB published a four point action plan to assess and address the decline in CB.  The four areas of focus were to: examine the dimensions and implication of […]

FCA publishes annual report

FCA’s Annual Report and accounts for 2016/17 sets out its highlights from the past year, and includes specific sectoral reports for competition, enforcement, AML and diversity. FCA regards the year’s highlights as: its asset management market study its PPI work, leading up to proposals for a time limit on claims MIFID 2 and MAR implementation […]

FATF consults on information sharing

FATF is consulting on draft guidance on private sector information sharing. The guidance considers the issues faced by financial institutions when sharing information for AML/CFT purposes both within and outside their corporate groups, and where the information is shared cross-border.  The draft guidance also gives examples of how data protection and privacy authorities have collaborated with […]

Basel Committee updates AML guidance

The Basel Committee has updated its guidelines on sound management of risks relating to money laundering and the financing of terrorism to provide clearer guidance in the chapters on correspondent banking and the general guide to account opening.  The new guidance includes a list of risk indicators that correspondent banks should consider, and are aimed to respond to […]

ESAs consult on group wide AML standards

The ESAs are consulting on RTS for firms in groups straddling the EU and third-countries, where the law of a third country prevents the implementation of group-wide AML/CTF policies in branches or majority-owned subsidiaries.  Consultation closes on 11 July. The ESAs propose that firms must: at least assess the ML/TF risk to their groups and […]

Presidency publishes money laundering crimes general approach

The Presidency has confirmed to the Council the general approach to the Directive on countering money laundering by criminal law.  It has also published the consolidated compromise text of the proposed Directive.  The Presidency now asks the Council to reach a general approach, as the basis for discussions with the European Parliament. The Directive sets out […]

Wolfsberg Group updates PEP FAQs

The Wolfsberg Group has updated its 2008 FAQs on PEPs. The new guidance clearly positions the PEP control framework within the risk based approach, and suggests an appropriate tailored manner of dealing with PEPs. It notes  that although the definition of PEP is becoming wider, it is still appropriate for financial institutions to focus their […]