Reform – UK

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018: The UK Sanctions and AML regimes after Brexit

Calum Macdonald

  When the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 was first proposed, the expectation was that it would enable the UK to maintain the status quo after it leaves the EU in the areas of sanctions and anti-money laundering and no more. However, now the Act is law, the position is not quite that simple. Read More

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Know Your GDPR: self-reporting and enforcement considerations for contentious regulatory lawyers

Stacey McEvoy

With the recent implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, many financial services institutions are asking themselves what it may mean from a more traditional financial services regulatory perspective, particularly in terms of firms’ ever-present reporting obligations. A&O has recently published a detailed guide to the GDPR for Litigators which deals with questions relating to Read More

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Crypto-crime: The new risks of financial crime in the time of cryptoassets

Vincent Liu

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA) has turned its attention to the prospective criminal dangers of cryptoassets in a letter addressed to the CEOs of the banking industry. This letter follows the FCA’s response to a freedom of information request in May that revealed the financial regulator is investigating 24 businesses that deal with Read More

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Singapore: Adding to the alphabet soup of accountability regimes

Shuhui Kwok

Australia has its BEAR (Banking Executive Accountability Regime), Hong Kong its MCR and MAI (Manager-in-Charge Regime and Management Accountability Initiative) and the UK its SMCR (Senior Managers and Certification Regime). To this alphabet soup of accountability regimes will be added Singapore’s Guidelines on Individual Accountability and Conduct (Guidelines). Financial institutions doing business in two or Read More

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Using artificial intelligence to fight financial crime – a legal risk perspective

Ian Rodgers

The Head of the Financial Crime Department at the UK Financial Conduct Authority (the FCA), Rob Gruppetta, gave a speech on “Using artificial intelligence to keep criminal funds out of the financial system” in December 2017. In it, he explored how artificial intelligence (AI) could potentially be used to prevent financial crime, and for anti-money Read More

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