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The Updated FATF Guidance for a Risk-Based Approach to Virtual Assets and Virtual Asset Service Providers.

In 2019, the Financial Action Task Force ("FATF") adopted a Guidance for Risk-Based Approach to Virtual Assets ("VAs") and Virtual Asset Service Providers ("VASPs"). The purpose behind the Guidance was to help national authorities to comprehend and develop regulatory and supervisory responses to VAs activities or operations and VASPs, and to help private sector entities seeking to engage in VAs activities in comprehending their obligations with respect to anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism ("AML/CFT") and how they can successfully comply with these requirements. The FATF updated its 2019 Guidance in October of this year. A brief outline…
Anthea Sammut​
23rd November 2021
Corporate & CommercialInvestment Services & Funds

Analysing the major amendments to be brought about by The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive

This article was written by Luke Mizzi and Tessa Borg Bartolo As Europe was still digesting and implementing the provisions of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive in 2016, a fresh proposal was drawn up by the European Commission for a new legislative initiative to cater for recent economic and political developments throughout the globe which demonstrated crucial loopholes in existing Anti-money laundering legislation. Of particular concern to legislators was the growth and evolution of terrorist financing as well as revelations such as Swiss leaks and the Panama Papers which shed light on a number of key deficiencies in the global…
Luke Mizzi
28th August 2018
Corporate & CommercialInvestment Services & Funds

Analysing the major amendments to be brought about by The Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive

This article was written by Luke Mizzi and Tessa Borg Bartolo As Europe was still digesting and implementing the provisions of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive in 2016, a fresh proposal was drawn up by the European Commission for a new legislative initiative to cater for recent economic and political developments throughout the globe which demonstrated crucial loopholes in existing Anti-money laundering legislation. Of particular concern to legislators was the growth and evolution of terrorist financing as well as revelations such as Swiss leaks and the Panama Papers which shed light on a number of key deficiencies in the global…
Luke Mizzi
28th August 2018