Surprisingly, some firms are still not complying with the Money Laundering Regulations and the FCA’s oversight requirements for anti-money laundering compliance. For organisations such as Guaranty Trust Bank (UK) Limited, it appears that a past FCA fine totalling £525,000 in August 2013 for major AML systemic failings, was insufficient to make the bank review and revise […]
A company’s size, scope and sector help to determine the types of money laundering risks posed. An assessment is carried out across the entire business to identify and record risk factors. The records must be kept up to date, unless the relevant Supervisory Authority advises otherwise in writing. In addition to legal and regulatory compliance, reasons for carrying out an AML risk assessment are: –
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) handed out over £13million in fines in June 2022 in relation to breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR). For firms with obligations under the MLR who are also regulated by the FCA, the regulator is a Supervisory Authority with the power to investigate and sanction criminal and civil breaches […]
When you write a due dilience policy from scratch, it is important to understand your aims and obligations. Identify if you have any specific regulations or industry requirements for the Know Your Customer Controls. Businesses with obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations will want to write a due diligence policy that ties in with their […]
Compliance with the MLR and HMRC Those in the accountancy sector are required to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR) in the UK. This includes accountants, tax advisers, bookkeepers and insolvency practitioners. Having an effective and compliant Anti Money Laundering Policy template can save time and money. Anti money laundering is an extensive compliance […]
What is Financial Crime? Financial crime, as defined by the FCA and FSMA is any kind of criminal conduct relating to money or to financial services or markets, including any offence involving: – (a) Fraud or dishonesty; or (b) Misconduct in, or misuse of information relating to, a financial market; or (c) Handling the proceeds […]
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Businesses and sole traders with obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR) are required to be regulated by a supervisory authority. These include bodies such as the FCA, HMRC, The Gambling Commission and certain professional bodies. Businesses operating as an accountancy service provider are overseen by the HMRC and in additon to the MLR obligations, have specific requirements they must comply with.
Where a business has obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations (MLR), they must use a risk-based approach to identify, assess and prevent money laundering. Carrying out an AML Risk Assessment involves several steps, which can include (but are not limited to): –
– Identifying the money laundering risks relevant to your business.
– Completing a company-wide risk assessment which includes areas such as delivery channels, transactions, products/services, customer behaviour etc.
– Assessing the risks associated with your customers.
Any policy within a business should start by defining what the included content covers. The introduction does not need to be extensive. However, it should give anyone referring to the policy sufficient information to understand what the policy relates to.
Money laundering is the term used to describe the process or act of disguising or hiding the original ownership of money that has been obtained through criminal acts such as terrorism, corruption or fraud. Such monies are then moved through legitimate businesses or sources to make it appear ‘clean’.