‘Compliance’ is the watchword in financial services, perhaps more now than ever. With new rules and regulations being introduced across Europe, most notably 4MLD, MiFID II, PSD2 and GDPR, Heads of Compliance across multiple industry verticals are now under major pressure to ensure their processes and procedures are up to date, adequate and compliant.
Risk assessments have been a part of the EU Anti Money Laundering landscape for some time now and while 4MLD brought to the fore the need to have documented risk assessments, they are by no means a new concept.
The reason is that some of the provisions in the current draft have the potential to be a headache to implement. I don't mean the reductions in Simplified Due Diligent thresholds, or the stronger due diligence needed for payments to the EU listed high risk countries (though these are fairly significant) instead I am talking about article 32.
Is your firm prepared for 4MLD?
If not, you only have this weekend to get sorted and while we have had draft versions and a consultation JMLSG guidance in circulation for some time now, the new Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (MLRs 2017) are were finally laid before Parliament yesterday, and will come into force on Monday, meeting the 4MLD implementation deadline of 26 June.
Payment and e-money institutions must be ready to include additional information with wire transfers by the end of this month, with the new Wire Transfer Regulations (WTR2) (also known as the Fund Transfer Regulation, FTR) coming into effect on the 26 June.
‘Frictionless onboarding’ is a term that seems to be cropping up more and more within the FinTech community. In an increasingly competitive, digital environment, creating a simple client onboarding process, while complying with regulatory pressures, can be the difference between success and failure. But is it even possible to be truly frictionless? What role does technology play? And what are the key considerations to be made before committing to your product roadmap.
After several weeks of reviewing the new draft legislation implementing the new anti money laundering directive and the Consultation JMLSG guidance, here is my detailed breakdown of the changes that were due to come our way.
All you want is a straight answer. Is this enough? Can I onboard this client? Can I accept this document? Is my EID provider running a tight ship or will I get sunk? Straight-talking fscom anti money laundering expert, Mike Southgate will give the straight answers at the next MLRO Masterclass.