Category Archives: Regulation

Not worth the paper

With stories hitting the headlines recently about employees who turn out to be something of a liability (such as Jessica Harper of Lloyds Bank and Kweku Adoboli of UBS), and emphasis being placed by regulators on screening employees, the role … Continue reading

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Innocent until, etc.

Last night I went out for dinner with some well-read friends (fish finger sandwich followed by mini doughnuts and chocolate dipping sauce, thank you for asking), and money laundering was the topic du jour.  And I quote: “Your lot are … Continue reading

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The FSA’s duck shoot

When I prepare a new training session, I always try to include a recent case study.  Money laundering stories are easy to find; naughty people are forever committing crimes and then shifting the proceeds around.  On the other hand, anti-money … Continue reading

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I ♥ the FATF (when they prove me right)

Unless you have been on retreat in an ashram or stuck in the fog in Guernsey, you will know that the Financial Action Task Force has recently issued a revised version of its 40+9 Recommendations.  For a start, it’s now … Continue reading

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Deficient or just plain black?

I’m a big fan of the Financial Action Task Force – I even call them “eff-ay-tee-eff” as I think this is more respectful than “fat-eff”.  But dealing with them, even at my lowly level of simply reading whatever they publish … Continue reading

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Girl guidance

You know how there are some words you find yourself saying dozens of times a day – diligence, laundering, chocolate.  Well, one I use more than most is “guidance”.  I must have said it a hundred times yesterday, when I … Continue reading

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The spirit is willing but the risk is too great

At a recent training session, when I was explaining the mechanics of Hawala banking, someone asked, “Why don’t we just make it part of the AML regulations?”.  Well.  Quite.  I had gone through the usual stuff about alternative remittance systems … Continue reading

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Which law to break? Decisions, decisions…

Although I am not a lawyer, I enjoy the limited exposure I have to the law – it’s like trying to unpick a puzzle, making sure that you have completely understood all the requirements, down to the last sub-clause and … Continue reading

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Sure, you can pat him

You know your neighbour with that enormous dog, the one that snoozes quietly in the garden most of the time, but you’re warned not to turn your back on him “because he’s a bit unpredictable”?  Well, that’s the FSA.  They … Continue reading

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