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New Documents

HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation issued a notice concerning amendments made to the consolidated list entry for one individual designated pursuant to the Central African Republic (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020.

HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation issued a notice concerning corrections made to the sanctions entry for one individual targeted pursuant to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.

Enforcement Actions

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ordered the London, U.K.-based firm to pay a fine of £500,000 for anti-money laundering breaches relating to conducting inadequate customer due diligence.

The Solicitor Regulation Authority imposed a fine on the U.K. solicitor for failure to conduct customer due diligence and meet all anti-money laundering obligations.


Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department identifies the United Kingdom (U.K.) as a major money laundering jurisdiction. The country’s leading role in European and world finance, size, sophistication and reputation of its financial markets make the U.K. attractive to money launderers. The majority of money laundering is cash-based, in particular cash collections networks, international controls, money services businesses and informal alternative remittance systems. Also, professionals in the legal and accountancy sectors move and launder criminal proceeds. The country is suffering from major gaps in intelligence, especially in relation to high-end money laundering, which is particularly relevant to major frauds and foreign corruption where proceeds are generally held in bank accounts, real estate or other investments rather than cash. The United Kingdom has implemented know your customer and suspicious transaction reporting regulations, as well as enhanced due diligence for foreign politically exposed persons. Although the U.K. adheres to the EU’s Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, it passed the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, the legislative basis for the U.K.’s anti-money laundering regime following its planned departure from the European Union.
Source: 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

Rankings

FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 23 High : 4
Largely Compliant : 15 Substantial : 4
Partially Compliant : 2 Moderate : 3
Non-Compliant : 0 Low : 0

BASEL i

Rank : 116/141
Score : 4.02/10

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : 12/180
Score : 77/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 12/133
Score : 46/100