Tag Archives: CDD

Systems to manual

I have a confession: I love writing AML manuals.  I know, I know – it’s akin to saying that for Sunday lunch I enjoy a nice roast kitten with puppy gravy, but there it is.  Who knows when it started, … Continue reading

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Back to school

When I was eleven I spent four terms in a girls’ boarding school in Worcestershire – as an only child I did not take well to the lack of privacy, and by far my fondest memory is of a day … Continue reading

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I beg your pardon

In the last few days of the presidency of Donald Trump, when he was granting pardons to his chums and executing three black men and a woman while his mob was looting the Capitol, I read a tweet that has … Continue reading

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Name and shame

We’re all used to lists and databases.  There are sanctions screening systems and PEP screening systems.  Within their organisations, MLROs have access to client databases.  And, to a greater or lesser extent, jurisdictions are getting on board with beneficial ownership … Continue reading

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Let’s risk it for a Brexit

Better late than never, I suppose – the UK’s third National Risk Assessment, due in October 2019, was finally published on 17 December 2020.  When discussing risk assessment with MLROs, I describe it as a focussing exercise: you start big, … Continue reading

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Ho-ho-ho and CDD

I am assuming that one or two of you might be at work today, so let us turn our AML minds to an important seasonal matter: conducting CDD on Father Christmas.  For this particular individual even the most basic identity … Continue reading

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Shady trade-y

Right at the start of my working life, just after the Industrial Revolution, I did one of those early personality tests.  I’m struggling to remember what it was called (something about umbrellas, or maybe anchors?) but it was meant to … Continue reading

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It’s just how we’re made

In a normal AML training session I do not have time to deal with the more philosophical aspects of the subject, but when I run extended workshops – as I have been recently – there is scope for delving into … Continue reading

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Great-grandpapa’s billions

Like many of you, I have been reading “Kleptopia” by investigative reporter Tom Burgis.  It’s both wonderfully well-written and terrifically depressing.  If there’s a British PM in the past twenty years who hasn’t been advising foreign kleptocrats on how to … Continue reading

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Video killed the KYC star

I have been very lucky during my career: thanks to my insatiable quest for information about money laundering and AML, I have learned so much from so many people.  The key, I think, is to listen carefully and to see … Continue reading

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