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The common pitfalls and failures of AML risk assessments

[fa icon='calendar'] 29-Aug-2017 13:47:58 / by Mike Southgate posted in Compliance, 4MLD, Risk Assessments

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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.

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Latest EU AML risk assessment reviewed

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-Aug-2017 15:08:08 / by Mike Southgate posted in E-money, Compliance, 4MLD, Payment services

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As part of the EU commitment to improving AML controls, the European Commission and its individual member states are required to produce regular reports on the levels and typologies of AML and TF threats which exist and are active in the EU.
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The ink is barely dry on 4MLD, but it's time to consider 5MLD already.

[fa icon='calendar'] 14-Jul-2017 13:11:13 / by Mike Southgate posted in AML Assurance, 4MLD, 5MLD

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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.  

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Are you ready for 4MLD on Monday?

[fa icon='calendar'] 23-Jun-2017 21:15:30 / by Mike Southgate posted in E-money, Compliance, 4MLD, Payment services

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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.

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Wire transfer information changes imminent

[fa icon='calendar'] 07-Jun-2017 09:32:15 / by Mike Southgate posted in E-money, 4MLD, Payment services

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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.

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RegTech and client onboarding– Striving for “frictionless onboarding”

[fa icon='calendar'] 06-Jun-2017 19:40:16 / by Philip Creed posted in 4MLD, FINTECH

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‘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.

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The big 4MLD update

[fa icon='calendar'] 05-Jun-2017 13:20:26 / by Mike Southgate posted in 4MLD

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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.

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MLRO Masterclass: how to handle tricky due diligence issues

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-May-2017 09:30:00 / by Alison Donnelly posted in E-money, Compliance, 4MLD, Payment services

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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.

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The Top 4 Regulatory Challenges for FinTechs in 2017

[fa icon='calendar'] 13-Apr-2017 08:22:27 / by Philip Creed posted in PSD2, 4MLD, GDPR, FINTECH, BREXIT

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