On September 10, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its response to the European Commission’s March 2020 call for advice on the EU’s future anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) framework (the Response).
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On August 24, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper on extending its annual financial crime reporting obligation (REP-CRIM) to a wider range of FCA-regulated firms in the UK (the Consultation Paper).

REP-CRIM aims to identify indicators where there is a potential money laundering risk posed by a regulated firm, based on its regulated activities and customers.
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On August 19, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published its response to the European Commission’s action plan on preventing anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) (the Response).

The EBA’s key recommendations set out in the Response are:
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On August 12, the Wolfsberg Group, an association of leading international financial institutions that aim to develop frameworks and guidance for the management of financial risk, published a statement on developing an effective anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) program (the Statement).
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On June 19, Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/855 (the Delegated Regulation) was published in the Official Journal of the EU. The Delegated Regulation amends the list of high-risk third countries with strategic anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) deficiencies produced under the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4).
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On May 7, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted a new Delegated Regulation to amend the list of high-risk third countries with strategic anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) deficiencies under the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (the Delegated Regulation).

The Delegated Regulation will:
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On February 4, the UK’s Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) announced proposed amendments to its anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) guidance (the Guidance). The JMLSG is a UK-focused group of trade bodies which produces AML and CTF guidance to assist the financial services industry.
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On January 20, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a letter to the CEOs of UK-based alternative investment firms to outline the FCA’s view of the key risks of harm to the customers or markets in which such firms operate (the Letter). The FCA defines alternative investment firms as firms that predominately manage alternative investment vehicles (such as hedge funds or private equity vehicles), or manage alternative assets directly, or provide advice on such vehicles or assets.
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On October 25, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a new webpage setting out important information for UK cryptoasset businesses in the context of anti-money laundering (AML) and counter terrorist financing (CFT).

As announced in July 2019, the FCA will be the AML/CFT regulator for certain cryptoasset activities starting January 10, 2020. However, the scope of ‘cryptoasset activities’ is still to be determined by Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT), whose consultation on the matter closed on June 10.
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