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The Regulatory Blog is an informal and up to date news and information service of key regulatory developments in our jurisdictions: the BVI, the Cayman Islands, Cyprus and Luxembourg. We intend to include the latest financial services, anti-money laundering, sanctions and related developments within our remit.

Contributors

Aki Corsoni-Husain
Aki Corsoni-Husain
  • Aki Corsoni-Husain

  • Partner
  • Cyprus
George Apostolou
George Apostolou
  • George Apostolou

  • Partner
  • Cyprus
Chiara Deceglie
Chiara Deceglie
  • Chiara Deceglie

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Massimiliano della Zonca
Massimiliano della Zonca
  • Massimiliano della Zonca

  • Senior Associate
  • Luxembourg
Philip Graham
Philip Graham
  • Philip Graham

  • Partner
  • British Virgin Islands
Ayana Hull
Ayana Hull
  • Ayana Hull

  • Counsel
  • British Virgin Islands
Katerina Katsiami
Katerina Katsiami
  • Katerina Katsiami

  • Associate
  • Cyprus
Andrew Knight
Andrew Knight
  • Andrew Knight

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Joshua Mangeot
Joshua Mangeot
  • Joshua Mangeot

  • Counsel
  • British Virgin Islands
Mirza Manraj
Mirza Manraj
  • Mirza Manraj

  • Counsel
  • Hong Kong
Elina Mantrali
Mirza Manraj
  • Elina Mantrali

  • Associate
  • Cyprus
Vanessa Molloy
Vanessa Molloy
  • Vanessa Molloy

  • Partner
  • Luxembourg
Andrea Moundi Savvides
Andrea Moundi Savvides
  • Andrea Moundi Savvides

  • Consultant
  • Cyprus
Matt Taber
Matt Taber
  • Matt Taber

  • Partner
  • Cayman Islands
Carolynn Vivian
Carolynn Vivian
  • Carolynn Vivian

  • Group General Counsel
  • Cayman Islands

EBA initiates a public consultation on draft guidelines on the role and responsibilities of AML/CFT compliance officers

On 2 August 2021, the European Banking Authority (EBA) launched a public consultation on new guidelines on the role, tasks and responsibilities of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance officers. The guidelines also include provisions on the wider AML/CFT governance set-up, including at the level of the group.

Vanessa Molloy, Chiara Deceglie

FATF publishes report on “Opportunities and Challenges of New Technologies for AML/CFT”

On 1 July 2021, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a report on the opportunities and challenges of new technologies for anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT), as new technologies can improve the speed, quality and efficiency of measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF).

Chiara Deceglie, Andrea Moundi Savvides

Sanctions update on Belarus

On 21 June 2021, the governments of the EU, UK, US and Canada issued a joint statement on the decision to impose increased sanctions on Belarus in response to the 23 May forced landing of a commercial Ryanair flight between Athens and Vilnius and the politically motivated arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich and his companion Sofia Sapega, as well as to the continuing attack on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Aki Corsoni-Husain

MONEYVAL’s Annual Report concludes that Europe needs to improve in fight against money laundering

On 4 July, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL) published its Annual Report for 2020, finding that states and jurisdictions evaluated, show on average, only moderate levels of effectiveness in their efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. As a consequence, on average, their level of compliance is below satisfactory in MONEYVAL’s opinion.

Andrea Moundi Savvides, Aki Corsoni-Husain

CIMA reminder re: AML officers

On 7 June 2021 the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority reminded its regulated entities that they must ensure their AML Officers are properly appointed, are able to dedicate sufficient time for the efficient and effective discharge of their respective functions, are well versed in the different types of transactions that the business conducts which may give rise to opportunities for money-laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing.

Carolynn Vivian

EBA initiates consultation on new guidelines in the area of AML and CFT

On 27 May 2021, the European Banking Authority (EBA) launched a public consultation on its new guidelines that set out how prudential supervisors, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) supervisors and financial intelligence units should cooperate and exchange information in relation to AML/CFT, in line with provisions laid down in the Capital Requirements Directive.

Aki Corsoni-Husain

CySEC’s new register for crypto-asset service providers

Further to the implementation of pan-EU requirements including crypto-asset service providers (CASPs) under the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD), Cyprus recently updated its definition of obliged entities under the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering Law 2007 (AML Law) to bring CASPs into scope.

Aki Corsoni-Husain, George Apostolou