Category Archives: AML

Big worries about small accounts

The news has been full in recent days of the financial activities of the “super-rich” and fiscally sophisticated.  (That’s my phrase, that last bit, but I can imagine it catching on.  Who knows: we might even start talking about the … Continue reading

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The Beemer and the Batboat

I have written before about the fate of items confiscated from money launderers. Often, of course, the assets have gone: the money has been spent on consumables such as fine wines and fancy holidays.  But criminals do like to surround … Continue reading

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The UK’s reporting report card

Well, we in the UK are streets ahead of our EU neighbours in one regard at least: the number of SARs we submit to our FIU.  At the start of September, Europol published a report entitled “From Suspicion to Action: … Continue reading

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Laying the (shaky) foundations

No-one who has heard me speak or read my blog will be surprised to hear that I am a devout Remainer.  As someone whose parents had vivid memories of (and occasional nightmares about) the Second World War and its aftermath, … Continue reading

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Riches beyond imagination

If you were asked to prove where all of your assets have come from, could you do it?  For myself, I have the mortgage documents for the house, and the original receipt for my car (bought for £4,950 cash in … Continue reading

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Plea for proof

Over two decades of AML training, I have heard many questions over and over again.  I don’t mind this at all, and I like to think that I have refined my answers so that they are more succinct and helpful.  … Continue reading

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Gamekeeper turned poacher

Last week my husband and I were on one of those long car journeys when you discuss all sorts of crazy things just to keep the boredom at bay.  We were talking about careers and whether we would choose the … Continue reading

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Regime change for the better

The UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime is now two years old.  Under the regime (which currently applies to UK banks, building societies, credit unions, branches of foreign banks operating in the UK and the largest investment … Continue reading

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Outside the tent

Regulation has been on my mind lately – and doubly so since the decision last Friday by Transport for London not to renew the private hire licence for “ride-hailing app firm” Uber.  Not that I’m affected personally – I’ve never … Continue reading

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A call to arms

I’ve been in two minds whether or not to do this blog post, as I don’t want to upset anyone, and I can’t think of a particularly clever way to disguise who I am talking about.  Let’s just say that … Continue reading

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