Author Archives: ihatemoneylaundering

Boxed into a corner

What else could I write about this week except the Pandora Papers?  The initial focus will be on the individuals named in the leak, but away from the gory headlines will be the real work: looking at the enablers.  The … Continue reading

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Less than super-vision

I assume most of you know how I feel about the theory of OPBAS – i.e. that the solution to the fragmented and conflicting AML/CFT supervision arrangements in the UK is not to rationalise the number of supervisors but rather … Continue reading

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A mammoth task for the MLRO

A little while ago I was giving a training session and used an analogy that the people attending found useful and amusing.  And, being both vain and generous, I thought I would share it in case it helps with your … Continue reading

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A bid for freedom

Woohoo, I do love a good helping of Schadenfreude, and to this end one of my favourite things is hearing about what happens to the fancy assets of criminals when they are taken away (both the assets and the criminals).  … Continue reading

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Frown and gown

I loved being a university student.  I liked pedalling around on my bike, modelling my road positioning, arm signals and indeed wardrobe on those of Miss Jean Brodie (in her prime, gels, as the first two minutes of the movie … Continue reading

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Could do better

One of my most over-used phrases in my AML training is “new entrants to the AML family” – when I am explaining that we cannot expect all sectors (e.g. estate agents, art market participants) to be as au fait with … Continue reading

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The Emirate strikes back

MLROs are used to reacting to lists and warnings issued by governments and by agencies such as the FATF.  But when things change rapidly in a jurisdiction, it may be unwise to wait for an official notification, and more sensible … Continue reading

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You’d need Speedy Gonzales for all this

The pandemic has put many things on hold – holidays, weddings, house moves – but not the requirement to provide staff with AML/CFT training.  As we head towards September, and people’s minds turn towards a new school term, I am … Continue reading

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Undue influence

I’m of an age when the people I admired in my youth were known as “role models” – for me, people like Olivia Newton-John and Indira Gandhi (I had wide-ranging interests and confused professional ambitions – should I top the … Continue reading

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Give me a break

I struggle to think of many good things to come out of the pandemic apart from a fabulous recipe for squishy chocolate chip cookies that I unearthed in desperation after the closure of my usual source.  However, it has afforded … Continue reading

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