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01 Apr
2016

The UK puts one foot forward in the battle for more transparency on beneficial ownership

  • 1st April 2016
  • David Miller

FinCEN’s proposed rules on beneficial ownership due diligence, the incoming 4th Money Laundering Directive (AMLD IV) and now the UK’s Register of People with Significant Control (PSC) Regulation all push for more transparency in beneficial ownership or significant control of companies. The aim is to reduce acts of money laundering and tax evasion and to Read More

04 Mar
2016

Financial crime and counter terrorist financing updates

  • 4th March 2016
  • David Miller

The attacks in Paris and the continued threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have once again seen fresh emphasis placed by financial regulators around the world on countering terrorist financing and money laundering. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a Paris based intergovernmental body that sets standards and promotes Read More

14 Dec
2015

AML risk-based approach – logical, but is it straight forward?

  • 14th December 2015
  • David Miller

AMLD IV has placed emphasis on a risk-based approach to counter financial crime and terrorist financing. Few would argue against this approach. It is not only logical, but also the most practical way forward. The approach appears to be fairly straightforward, consisting of identification, assessment and management risk. However, recent news, analysis and conversation with Read More

03 Jul
2015

AMLD IV: another brick in the wall

  • 3rd July 2015
  • David Miller

JWG analysis. Since 2008, regulators have been plugging the gaps revealed by the global financial crisis and have just put another brick in the financial services wall – the 4th Money Laundering Directive. Last month, the much anticipated ‘IV’ was published in the official journal and will become the law of the land in 2 Read More

29 Jan
2015

CDMG publishes new research – next meeting now set for February

  • 29th January 2015
  • RegTechFS

On the 22nd January, over 30 stakeholders from 12 firms met Customer Data Management Group (CDMG)  meeting to discuss their 2015 priorities for regulatory KYC requirements. JWG presented a summary of 40+ new regulations that require firms to manage counterparty information over the next 3 years.  Alec then presented summaries of the 11 regulations in scope Read More

06 Mar
2014

AMLD IV adds fuel to KYC utility model

  • 6th March 2014
  • RegTechFS

JWG analysis. The European Parliament recently published (here) the latest amended text of the proposed 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD IV), which includes measures to help simplify the way firms conduct KYC today, and adds weight to the KYC utility business model by requiring the industry to maintain accurate and timely data on beneficial ownership. Read More

23 Jan
2014

The drive for tax transparency: A new political agenda for AMLD IV

  • 23rd January 2014
  • RegTechFS

JWG analysis. The new political drive towards tax transparency is landing in money laundering legislation, and complicating an already complex landscape. G8 Leaders, as a result of the summit held in June last year, committed to publishing ‘action plans’ setting out the concrete steps they will take to combat tax evasion. It appears that those Read More

23 Aug
2013

Doing EMIR right: Cheaper, better, faster… or else

  • 23rd August 2013
  • RegTechFS

The majority of regulations require firms to classify their clients into a discrete set of categories; JWG research has identified at least twelve, including FATCA, AMLD IV, EMIR, CRD IV and MiFID II.  When implementing them, firms are faced with two clear options:  An easy option, twelve separate programmes, each costing ten pounds to implement; Read More

18 Jun
2013

How high? Re-setting the KYC bar

  • 18th June 2013
  • RegTechFS

Regulators are busy raising the bar for KYC systems and controls. With conflicting purposes and customer data objectives, new guidance and industry solutions are needed in 2014 2013 has been a busy year for both rule-makers and financial institutions as far as KYC requirements go. Aside from the finalisation of a vast array of trading Read More

29 Apr
2013

AMLD IV: Prove you’re doing it right

  • 29th April 2013
  • RegTechFS

Anti-Money Laundering systems and controls continue to make news in the wake of the high profile failures of 2012. On 5 February, the proposal for the updated EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive was finally released. The proposal imposes a number of new requirements significantly increasing the scope and volume of firms’ KYC processes likely to be Read More