Tag Archives: risk-based approach

Less than super-vision

I assume most of you know how I feel about the theory of OPBAS – i.e. that the solution to the fragmented and conflicting AML/CFT supervision arrangements in the UK is not to rationalise the number of supervisors but rather … Continue reading

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A new chapter for financial crime

When you live in a country with a Prime Minister who is alleged to have said in April 2021 that he would rather see “bodies pile high in their thousands” than order a third lockdown, and who now confirms that “we … 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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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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The word from on high

Right, let’s get ready for a quick test of AML TLA [three-letter acronym]: what do the RBA, BRA, RAS and NRA all have in common?  Bravo for shouting out “the letter R” – standing, of course, for Risk.  As in: … Continue reading

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Ethics girls and boys

With the recent headlines concerning Mr Trump’s tax arrangements and Mr Johnson’s awarding of government contracts to chums, you can imagine that the issue of morality has been much on my mind.  I come from mixed stock: one half of … Continue reading

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Happy holidays!

Well hello everyone – I’m back.  And while I was away on my hols, I did wonder whether taking time off in the summer was the responsible thing to do.  As long ago as 1831, astronomer and statistician Adolphe Quetelet … Continue reading

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Friends in low places

For my sins, I start every working day with a trawl of the latest money laundering stories.  As I scan them, I am doing mental triage: Really significant developments go onto the Newsroom page of my website Those, and other … Continue reading

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Performance negated pay

Much has been written in recent weeks about the pandemic’s impact on AML endeavours – how to conduct CDD checks on clients who cannot leave their homes, and whether to accelerate acceptance of online CDD documents (is the risk of … Continue reading

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Leak technique

I’ve been doing some remote training recently for a new MLRO, which has been great fun: we’ve covered all the essential and then plenty of those fun, tangential topics that concern MLROs – including beneficial ownership and (our topic for … Continue reading

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