The EU’s 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AML4) was adopted by EU member states in June 2015, and given two years to write it into national law. On June 26th this year, it will be become mandatory for all member states, including the UK.

There are significant changes in AML4 from the previous AML3, the most significant of which is that there will be greater transparency in financial regulations, making it far easier for authorities to spot those potentially engaged in money laundering activities.

This includes new rules in identifying Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO), and Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs). Throughout AML4, there is a far greater emphasis on risk, with organisations now taking a Risk Based Approach to the onboarding of new customers and clients.

There is also a far greater emphasis on firms to be able to provide documentation of their actions as part of customer due diligence. Firms must be able to justify what actions they have taken in terms of AML/CTF risk. AML4 is considerably stricter than AML3 in this regard. Perhaps the biggest change will be that member states must compile a central register of beneficial owners – a list that is freely available to banks, law firms and others who require access. In the UK, this was part of the reason Companies House developed the People with Significant Control Register, and why Encompass was one of the first to add the register to the list of our information partners.

Falling foul of the regulators could be costly, resulting in sanctions as well as fines, which for Financial or Credit institutions could be up to €5m or up to 10% of a holding company’s annual turnover, plus the inevitable reputational damage that would follow.

Read the full story from Encompass Co-Founder Wayne Johnson on Bobsguide:

The EU's 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive and its implication for business

Wayne Johnson - Co-Founder and CEO, Encompass Corporation On June 26 compliance with the EU's Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AML4) by Member States becomes compulsory. Designed to boost defences against money laundering and terrorism financing, and inspire greater confidence in the workings of the financial industry, AML4 was adopted by the EU Commission in April 2015, with member states given two years to write the directive into National Law.

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Founded in 2011 by entrepreneurs Roger Carson and Wayne Johnson, and operating from the UK, encompass is the creator of unique, innovative Know Your Customer (KYC) software for banking, finance, legal and accountancy that enable better, faster commercial decisions. The company is driven by the belief that the best decisions are made when people understand the full picture.

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