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As you know, the 26 June 2017 saw the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (“MLR 2017”) came into force, having been made, laid before Parliament and approved all on 22 June 2017.
Regulated businesses are now faced with the inestimable task of ensuring both their firm-wide and client-specific risk assessment processes and procedures are sufficiently robust to comply with MLR 2017 – after the commencement date.
If you use an external Compliance Service, they may well have provided you with an update on the legislation before it came into force, however, anyone who used the original draft in the belief that they would be the final rules will have failed to identify key points that are required by firms, that have been changed or were introduced in the final legislation.
Questions You Need To Ask
1. Have we reviewed the definitions and procedures in accordance with the MLD4?
2. Have we updated the CDD/EDD/SDD and Beneficial owner sections?
3. Have we trained our staff on the changes?
4. Is our policy up to date?
5. Is our policy approved by the board?
6. Would our AML/KYC/FC preparations or current arrangements stand up to independent external scrutiny?
7. Do you need to review the ‘state of play’ within your firm?
If the answer to ANY of these questions is “NO” – You Need Our Help.
After a comparative analysis of the draft Regulations and the final MLR 2017 from the draft published by HM Treasury in April 2017 there are key differences which we have identified below.
Risk Assessment & Review
At your business level, two risk assessments are required. A business-wide risk assessment of money laundering and terrorist financing geographical features, transactions, products and delivery channels, as well as a specific risk inquiry prior to the commencement of each client relationship and, following a consideration of customer type, indeed, during the course of the relationship.
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Regulation 19 of the Act shows a positive duty on regulated businesses to “regularly review and update” such policies and controls has been inserted in Regulation 19( 1)(b). Businesses will also be required to maintain a written record of all changes to AML policies, controls and procedures made because of a review plus all “steps taken to communicate” the changes to staff. This means that your version control is now of paramount importance. A similar requirement applies in Regulation 20 to parent companies in the UK, falling within the scope of a “relevant” (regulated) person.
Alongside the requirement to implement and regularly review AML policies and procedures, is a requirement in Regulation 21 that regulated persons implement internal controls applicable to employees engaging with compliance matters. Previously, the draft Regulations required a firm to “carry out screening of relevant employees and agents” at regular intervals. “Screening” relates to assessing the skills, knowledge and expertise of a particular individual. The final version of the Regulations, however, has slightly lessened the compliance burden in one respect by dropping the reference to “agents” in Regulation 21.
A duty to maintain written records of training provided to relevant employees, which practically would include all fee earners and those in the Compliance function, also appears in Regulation 24. No such duty featured in this April’s draft Regulations.
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