Category Archives: AML

Your money or your life

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and although I have devoted my working life to AML I am always thrilled to hear of other initiatives that are launched to take the profit out of crime.  And recently … Continue reading

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Voting for AML

I’m not a great fan of many of our current politicians – I’m sure you know why.  But I do like Angela Merkel, and in particular Tracy Ullman’s version of Angela Merkel.  And I have recently come to admire Elizabeth … Continue reading

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AML 1, bitcoin 0

There have been acres of newsprint (and the digital equivalent) written in recent months about the long-term future of bitcoin in particular and cryptocurrencies in general.  The value of bitcoin, for instance, is going through the roof, and then back … Continue reading

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Cleaning house for estate agents

Just to raise the tone of this blog a little, I’d like to start today with a quotation from Voltaire’s 1759 satirical novel “Candide”: “Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les … Continue reading

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A laundering own goal

People sometimes ask me how I can bear to stick with just one subject for over twenty years – yes, that’s how long I have been AML-ing.  And I simply say that although the subject remains the same, and indeed … Continue reading

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Stubborn as a…

For those who roll their eyes when I explain my job, and say that it’s all a load of government-sanctioned nonsense to appease the do-gooders (yes, I’ve heard all of that), Santander has done some handy research.  Big Red (other … Continue reading

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A rap on the online knuckles

AML regulation of the gambling sector in the UK is complicated; even I (writing as an AML obsessive) am sometimes confused about who is in and who is out.  However, one sector that is most definitely in is online gambling, … Continue reading

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Christmas concord and concensus

Experienced MLROs and other professional AML-ers will be familiar with the pattern of EU AML Directives: in essence, you get a new one every decade.  But thanks to the attacks in Paris in November 2015, and the subsequent realisation that … Continue reading

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Training across the Board

At the end of each year I do a review of what I have done during that year.  Each time I issue an invoice I categorise it by jurisdiction, by sector and by activity type, and this enables me to … Continue reading

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Do unto others

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission has been rather busy recently, what with working away on revised AML/CFT legislation and guidance, and now putting out a pair of publications to explain why and how they regulate the Bailiwick’s financial services sector.  In … Continue reading

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