Category Archives: Legislation

FATF 1, EU 0

The Fourth Money Laundering Directive brought us many delights, including Article 9: “Third-country jurisdictions which have strategic deficiencies in their national AML/CFT regimes that pose significant threats to the financial system of the Union (‘high-risk third countries’) shall be identified … Continue reading

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On their own authority

Over a two-decade career in AML, one of the things I have noticed is the “normalisation” of the terms “money laundering” and “AML”.  When I first started out, I had to explain to everyone non-finance-y what money laundering was and … Continue reading

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Asking for trouble

When Brexit is simply too, too depressing, I remind myself that in my own little world at least nothing much is changing.  Cambridge – where I live – is as cosmopolitan and outward-looking as ever, and the Fifth Money Laundering … Continue reading

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Cash and coffee

Last week I wrote about the growing (or at least, continuing) popularity of cash in Switzerland, so this week I am looking at the other end of the spectrum.  I recently spent a long weekend in Copenhagen and while I … Continue reading

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The Brexit bonanza for baddies

You have probably guessed from recent tear-stained posts that I am not a fan of Brexit.  Having lived an international life surrounded – very happily – by people from all over the world, I rear up at the thought of … Continue reading

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Officer politics

One of my main arenas of AML activity is Guernsey, and life there is pretty exciting at the moment with the imminent arrival of new AML legislation and guidance – both already published and coming into force on 31 March … Continue reading

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Keeping up with the Joneses, les Dubois and die Schmidts

I mentioned in my previous post that Guernsey is on the cusp, nay, the very brink of getting new AML legislation.  This represents the conclusion of their exercise to fall into line with the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (or as … Continue reading

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Chaos theory?

Regular readers will know that I do a lot of work in Guernsey, and that in general I am a supporter of that jurisdiction’s approach to AML.  However, one issue on which we – Guernsey and I – have long … Continue reading

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The tarnish on golden visas

I have mentioned before the concept of “golden visas” and passports-for-sale.  In today’s politically uncertain world they are becoming ever more popular, and last month Transparency International published a report called “European Getaway: Inside the Murky World of Golden Visas”.  … Continue reading

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Interesting times

I like AML legislation as much as the next person – perhaps more, unless that person is an MLRO.  If there’s updated AML legislation on the horizon I really look forward to it, and I’ve been on tenterhooks for about … Continue reading

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