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The new UK Register of Overseas Entities goes live

The Register went live on 1 Aug 2022 - Overseas entities who already own or lease land or property in the UK will also need to register with Companies House and advise who their registrable beneficial owners or managing officers are by 31 January 2023....
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FATF webinar on beneficial ownership transparency

This webinar focused on FATF's recent revision to Recommendation 24 on beneficial ownership of legal persons, which aims to help stop criminals from hiding their illicit activities and dirty money behind secret company structures...
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PRA/FCA conclude investigations into senior managers

The PRA & and FCA  joint investigations into certain former senior managers at HBOS plc have now concluded with a decision by each of the Authorities’ independent decision-makers to take no further action. The Authorities gathered more than 2 million documents, interviewed..
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MONEYVAL Mutual Evaluation Report on Germany

Germany has made significant improvements to its AML/CFT framework over the past five years, including using the National Risk Assessment (NRA) process to develop a stronger national understanding of money laundering/terrorist financing (ML/TF) risks...
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Wolfsberg transaction monitoring RFI Best Practice Guidance

An RFI is used when a Correspondent is seeking to understand the background of a transaction that has been processed through an account or relationship in its books and is directed at the customer entity that sent the payment instruction to the Correspondent...
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OFAC sanctions virtual currency mixer Tornado Cash

US Treasury sanctions Tornado Cash, a virtual currency mixer that launders the proceeds of cybercrimes, including those committed against victims in the US and has repeatedly failed to impose effective controls designed to stop it from laundering funds for malicious cyber actors...
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UK ML/TF Regulations 2022 passed by Parliament

UK ML/TF (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2022 come into force on 1 Sept 22 extending the scope of BO reporting discrepancies among others. Reg 13 makes it clear that supervisory authorities can directly require members to show them SARs “to help them in fulfilling...
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FATF Guidance on National ML/TF Risk Assessment

This report builds on the 2013 FATF guidance on national money laundering and terrorist financing risk assessments, and draws on inputs from over 35 jurisdictions from across the FATF Global Network on their extensive experience and lessons learnt in assessing terrorist...
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FATF Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment Guidance

The risk-based approach, is central to the effective implementation of the FATF Standards and also applies to financial institutions and designated non-financial businesses and professions. Many countries have chosen to publish information about the ML/TF risks to...
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FATF Risk Based Approach Guidance for the real estate

The purpose of this Guidance is to: Support the implementation of FATF standards for the real estate sector, including residential, commercial, rural, industrial, agricultural, mixed use and any other forms of real-estate, Indicate good practices in the design and...
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UK’s AML/CFT regulatory & supervisory regime

The amendments includes ensuring the regulated sector “provides valuable intelligence” to highlight that “effective” prevention involves more than just technical compliance, ensuring supervisors both monitor and enforce compliance with the...
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US House on major AML reform

House of Representatives passes bill requiring that trust companies, lawyers and art dealers report suspicious activity, according to ICIJ. The Enablers Act was first proposed shortly after ICIJ’s Pandora Papers investigation exposed widespread exploitation of lax financial disclosure...
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