FATF’s adopted amendments to Recommendation 24

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) announced a public consultation of its review of Recommendation 24 in 2020. STEP attended multiple public and private meetings with FATF to discuss the potential amendments to the regime. The overarching objective of the review is to strengthen the measures in place and mitigate the obstacles to transparency and risks… Read More FATF’s adopted amendments to Recommendation 24

FATF invites STEP to discuss potential revision of Recommendation 25

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is conducting a review of Recommendation 25, which covers the transparency and beneficial ownership of legal arrangements. The FATF’s objective is to improve Recommendation 25 and its Interpretive Note to meet its overall objective of preventing the misuse of legal arrangements for money laundering or terrorist financing. The FATF… Read More FATF invites STEP to discuss potential revision of Recommendation 25

EU announces Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Package 2021

Money Laundering and the efforts of governments to combat it and increase transparency and reporting of ownership globally continue to be a hot topic. One body that has been looking at this area is the European Union, which is in the process of launching its new Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Package 2021. This package was explored… Read More EU announces Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Package 2021

STEP joins Anti-Money Laundering Europe webinar on the future of the EU’s fight against money laundering

On 3 June, STEP joined a webinar hosted by Anti-Money Laundering Europe (AME) on the future of the European Union’s fight against money laundering. John Riches TEP, Chair of STEP’s Public Policy Committee, was joined on the panel by Jérôme Deslandes, Cabinet of the Executive Vice President of the European Commission; and Piers Haben, Director… Read More STEP joins Anti-Money Laundering Europe webinar on the future of the EU’s fight against money laundering

The new gatekeepers of the financial system

Update: STEP News 1 Nov: UK revises anti-organised crime strategy to target professional ‘facilitators’ Original blog: Ben Wallace MP, UK Minister of State for Security at the Home Office, has called for more to be done to make lawyers and accountants who facilitate money laundering recognise their responsibilities. As part of a House of Commons… Read More The new gatekeepers of the financial system

Do UK money laundering regs extend to trusts in other jurisdictions?

STEP’s Isle of Man branch has flagged potential issues raised by the UK Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/692) (the Regulations) which give effect to the requirement of the EU Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive to have a central register of trusts, and reporting obligations on trustees.… Read More Do UK money laundering regs extend to trusts in other jurisdictions?

STEP Bahamas reports to the FATF Forum in Vienna

STEP was invited to attend the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Private Sector Consultative Forum in Vienna on 23-24 April. The event consisted of several breakout sessions relating to FATF’s global priorities for Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF) in 2018. As part of the Forum, Cecil Ferguson TEP, Chair of STEP Bahamas… Read More STEP Bahamas reports to the FATF Forum in Vienna