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The importance of conducting risk assessments to identify and evaluate potential money laundering and terrorism financing risks.

In an increasingly interconnected world, the fight against money laundering (ML) and terrorism financing (TF) has become a top priority for governments, regulatory bodies, and financial institutions. Conducting effective money laundering and terrorism risk assessments is a crucial step in identifying and evaluating potential risks associated with these illicit activities. By understanding the vulnerabilities and…

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Enhancing Risk Assessment Activities: A Strategic Approach for Competent Authorities

Effective risk management is not only good practice; it helps organisations to identify and mitigate risks that could negatively impact their business. But it also relies on supervision and oversight to be effective. The European Banking Authority (EBA) is an independent authority ensuring effective and consistent regulation and supervision across the European banking sector. One…

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Case study – TAL

TAL is one of Australia’s leading life insurers. With over 140 years’ industry experience, TAL is trusted by more than four million people across Australia.  The Challenge  Before implementing AML Accelerate, the risk assessment and anti-money laundering process was managed manually by subject matter experts using a spreadsheet. This was done in accordance with AUSTRAC…

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Assessing the impact of money laundering and terrorism financing on your business: a guide

Money laundering and terrorism financing (ML/TF) have far-reaching consequences, posing significant risks to economies, businesses, and societies worldwide. Financial institutions, gaming organisations and other regulated industry sectors may experience various detrimental effects, including harmful media exposure, reputational damage, regulatory fines, and customer doubts regarding regulatory effectiveness, if their organisations are used by organised criminal networks…

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Australia needs to expand AML/CTF laws to lawyers, accountants, trust and company service providers and high-value goods dealers

On 20th April 2023, the Attorney General’s Department (AGD) issued its long-awaited consultation paper seeking comments on simplifying and modernising the AML/CTF Act; expanding the laws to new gatekeeper professions and other sectors, and other matters. Australia has a terrible track record of failure to prevent money laundering and tax evasion.  In 2015, the FATF…

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It’s time to close the money laundering loopholes in Australia’s real-estate sector

There is irrefutable evidence that organised criminal networks are widely using Australia’s real-estate sector to launder the proceeds of crimes. And in the Panama Papers leak of over 11.5 million documents found there were over 320,000 offshore entities established between 1977 and 2015, with over 1,700 officers (directors, shareholders and/or beneficiaries) and 1,400 addresses connected…

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Arctic Intelligence teams up with Fintelekt to bring enhanced risk assessment capabilities to the Asia pacific region

Arctic Intelligence has partnered with Fintelekt Advisory Services in a move designed to build a stronger and safer financial ecosystem. Fintelekt is a specialist provider of AML/CTF training and advisory services. Its goal is to equip banks, institutions, regulators, law enforcers, governments, and stakeholders with the skills required to be more effective and efficient in…

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Australia’s proposed tranche 2 laws lack the regulation of the high-value goods dealers sector

The Department of Home Affairs (DFAT) published a paper back in 2016 that focussed on the significant risks of organised criminal networks laundering funds through high-value goods dealers, such as precious metal and jewellery, art and antiquities, motorised vehicle dealers and luxury goods dealers. In this paper, DFAT noted, “The regulation of HVDs under the…

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Arctic Intelligence responds to proposed AML/CTF reforms

On 20 April 2023, the Attorney General’s Department (AGD) announced a public consultation of proposed reforms to Australia’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regime. The proposed reforms include extending the existing AML/CTF legislation to capture additional ‘tranche-two’ high risk entities including lawyers, accountants, trust and company service providers, real estate agents and dealers in…

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