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Planes and pandemics

One of the challenges of AML work is keeping up with the endless adaptability and imagination of criminals.  Unshackled by moral considerations, or by the need to report to risk committees or by the requirement to comply with legislation (quite … Continue reading

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I beg your pardon

Baron Black of Crossharbour is not my favourite person, as you may imagine, and it was a dark day in May 2019 when Donald Trump granted him a full pardon, citing Black’s “broad support from many high-profile individuals who have … Continue reading

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The special joy of damage joy

I remember the first time I was told what schadenfreude means – pleasure derived from another’s misfortune.  I quickly realised what an essential component of life it is, and thought how odd it is that only the Germans have seen … Continue reading

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A piggy new year to everyone

Welcome back, one and all.  Well, wasn’t that an exciting festive period?  Just as I was undoing the top button on my skirt, ready to launch into the yard of Jaffa Cakes that my husband (he knows me so well) … Continue reading

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Take my word for it

I have written before about the reliance dilemma – the fact that nearly everyone’s AML legislation and guidance says that although you can delegate some or all of your AML work, you cannot delegate the responsibility for that work being … Continue reading

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Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

In my opinion, there are countless precious and all but irreplaceable things that the UK will lose if it leaves the EU, including access to many of the EU-wide initiatives, agencies and programmes that make the bloc such a success.  … Continue reading

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Vote early, vote often

Thank goodness it’s nearly over: I don’t think I can take much more politicking this year.  Regular readers will know that I loathe, detest and despair at the idea of our leaving the EU and I have voted (postally) accordingly.  … Continue reading

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Making AML count

One of the most common requests I hear when designing AML training for clients is for case studies (which I have blogged about recently) and for “lessons learned”.  Alongside this, we have regulators regularly reminding us that their final notices … Continue reading

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The smile on the crocodile

As regular readers will know, last month I spent two weeks in Botswana, on safari.  We saw all the usual amazing beasts (elephants using their trunks as snorkels!), but perhaps the most alarming were the crocodiles – enormous, prehistoric and … Continue reading

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An officer and a target

I’m very familiar with the work of Money Laundering Reporting Officers, Money Laundering Compliance Officers, general compliance officers and police officers.  But I had never heard of Section 151 officers until a money laundering story of relevance to them popped … Continue reading

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