Tag Archives: legislation

If money laundering were legal…

Well, I’m back, having spent a week in the Suffolk countryside, which encourages a slowing of the pace and a contemplating of the navel.  Just before I went away, a fellow AML enthusiast called Dev Odedra posed this question in … Continue reading

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Lifelong learning

At the start of my working life, I did a self-assessment questionnaire which indicated that my strengths lay in keeping myself to myself (a team worker I ain’t) and in learning more and more about less and less – in … Continue reading

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Gone but not un-rotten

Last week a client asked me a question about dead PEPs, and in looking for the answer I realised that this is not a topic addressed by the regulator.  Which is odd, given that it is the inevitable final status … Continue reading

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Hang on every word

I have been called pedantic, but that’s not strictly accurate.  The fact is that I make my living from – and spend much of my leisure time with – words.  Most compliance-y people are good at detail: at school we … 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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Desperately seeking Regulations

* Alert!  This is a long, ranty post – you may need a Jaffa Cake or two to stay the course…* I’m quite bright.  Not “University Challenge” winning team bright, but I have a couple of degrees, I can sometimes … Continue reading

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Save our SARs

I am a fan of the philosophy of SARs: I think it is correct that businesses handling client money should be obliged to report to the authorities if they suspect that that money is the proceeds of crime or connected … Continue reading

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Free for all

If I were sitting in a mountain-top lair, twirling my moustaches and cackling evilly, I don’t think I could devise an environment more conducive to financial crime than the UK in late 2020.  Put to one side the spinelessness of … Continue reading

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Latest leak lessons

This is a tricky time to write a blog post, as everywhere is swirling with stories from the “FinCEN Files”.  I have explored the leaks on the ICIJ website, read the reputable (and disreputable) press sources and watched the “Panorama” … Continue reading

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Sixth sense

Right, here’s a little quiz for you: as of today, it’s 78 days until what?  Points deducted if you simply say, “Thursday 3 December” – although points added if you know that that’s my mother-in-law’s birthday [note to self: remind … Continue reading

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