Anti-Money Laundering

EU Methodology for Identifying High-Risk Third Countries

The 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive, in force as of 11 July 2018, includes amendments to the 4th AML Directive, among them improvements in the assessment of high-risk third countries. Moreover, the EU Commission has recently published a relevant methodology for identifying such countries with strategic deficiencies in combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

Regulating a Game Changer—Europe’s Approach to Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies are seen as bringing innovation to the payments-services sector; furthering financial inclusion; and facilitating greater efficiency in cross-border transactions. However, as with other financial products and services, cryptocurrencies are also exposed to financial crime risks. The following article provides some background in relation to cryptocurrencies in general, and some insights into ongoing regulatory approaches and discussions in Europe.

Ultimate Beneficial Ownership and the Fourth EU AML Directive

The Fourth EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive has now been implemented and with it comes the launch of the new ultimate beneficial ownership registry across the 27 EU member states. Here is a detailed look at the new registry and the drive for increased transparency.

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and Customer Due Diligence in Asia

Customer Due Diligence in Asia has gained prominence over recent years, with a growing set of regulations that have come into force. International Anti-money laundering standards recommended by the Financial Action Task force (FATF) have provided a framework for member jurisdictions to lay out the requirements for the prevention and combat of money laundering and terrorist financing, which is particularly…

The 4th EU AML Directive: Recommendations to help your business prepare

Following adoption of the new Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive by the European Union, member states must now implement the required changes in their domestic legislation. Our tip sheet highlights the key changes and includes practical advice on what your company can do to prepare.

Enhanced Due Diligence in Managing Sanctions Risks

Jennifer Hanley-Giersch elaborates on the sanctions in force against Russia, Syria and Iran as well as those recently lifted against Belarus, highlighting the risks still associated with the countries.