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Anti-Money Laundering

The term ‘money laundering’ refers to the use of the financial system to convert the ‘dirty’ proceeds of crime into ‘clean’ funds, the origins of which cannot be traced. It is closely linked with the process of terrorist financing. This publication is an introduction for businesses and their employees on how to avoid becoming inadvertently involved in money laundering or terrorist financing. It concentrates largely on the anti-money laundering (AML) regime applicable in the UK, but also provides an introduction to some of the key concepts of the counter-terrorist financing (CTF) regime, which often overlap.

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Anti-money laundering

Martin Saunders and Chris Stott
ICSA Publishing Ltd, 2013

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1. Introduction to anti-money laundering

Chapter 1 provides an outline of the money laundering process and looks at the UK anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing regimes.

2. The key money laundering and terrorist financing offences

Chapter 2 outlines the key money laundering and terrorist financing offences. It also looks at the defences to these, for example that businesses or individuals will not commit offences if they report suspected money laundering to the relevant authorities and obtain consent before entering into transactions.

3. Obligations in the ‘regulated sector’

Chapter 3 looks at companies operating in the 'regulated sector' who are required to take additional steps to prevent and detect money laundering and terrorist financing. It includes their obligations in terms of recognising red flags and reporting concerns to the relevant authorities and at the policies, procedures and systems that should be in place.

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