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23 September 2020 - Accuity Insights

What the FinCEN Files Say about the State of Financial Crime Compliance

This week saw the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) expose thousands of confidential documents, known as the FinCEN Files. Here, we provide some initial observations on what the leaked documents say about the current state of the global financial crime compliance landscape.
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12 August 2020 - Accuity Insights

Escrow in Real Estate: A Honeypot for Money Launderers

The real estate industry is frequently used as a conduit for money laundering activities. Every year, around $1.6 trillion of dirty money moves through this market – equivalent to 3% of the world’s GDP. In this article, we explore an important element within this topic – escrow (or trust) accounts.
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29 June 2020 - Accuity Insights

5MLD and the Role of Adverse Media Screening in Proactive Risk Management

The EU’s Fifth Anti-money Laundering Directive has extended the list of sectors that fall within the scope of the updated regulations. These new ‘obliged entities’ are required to implement financial crime prevention processes, including adverse media screening, in line with the practices carried out by banks and other regulated sectors.
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17 May 2020 - Accuity Insights

Doing more with the same as regulation grows

With regulation increasing, but compliance budgets static, companies need to reduce operational compliance overheads in a way that is explainable, effective and efficient.
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1 May 2020 - Accuity Insights

The 5th AML Directive – Are You Compliant?

The 5th Anti-money Laundering Directive came into force in January, but it seems as though many organisations – law firms included – are lagging behind in their compliance. This blog as first seen on the Law Society of England and Wales website explains what changes and requirements the directive introduces, and what you need to […]
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31 October 2019 - Accuity Insights

Ask the Expert: Q&A with Sanctions Specialist Saskia Rietbroek

In the first part of our ‘Ask the Expert’ series, we ask Saskia Rietbroek, Executive Director of the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS), about the complexity of navigating the 2019 sanctions landscape.
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19 August 2019 - Accuity Insights

Overcoming KYC and AML Obstacles in the Middle East

This article was originally published by PaymentsSource. In the global fight against financial crime, each world region faces unique challenges, and those faced by the Middle East are, arguably, some of the most complex. Geographical proximity to less stable countries inevitably makes members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist […]
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25 July 2019 - Accuity Insights

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: 80% of Law Firms Find Process-Oriented AML Screening Challenging

A survey conducted by Accuity, in connection with the Law Society of England and Wales, reveals firms’ challenges as the sector tightens up on financial crime.
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7 May 2019 - Accuity Insights

Lessons Learnt from the Nordic Region’s Financial Crime Challenges

Financial institutions in the Nordic region have recently made headlines concerning a series of significant money laundering lapses. News stories on this topic have focused on fines but, in the background, firms are making organisational changes, shifting mind-sets and enhancing their systems and processes for the better.
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2 May 2019 - Accuity Insights

The Role of AI in Regtech and Other Takeaways from ACAMS Hollywood

A record number of anti-money laundering (AML) professionals, regulators and vendors recently converged in Hollywood, Florida, for the ACAMS 24th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference. There was a clear focus on how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and robotic process automation (RPA), and other advanced technologies, can help in the fight against financial crime.
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