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Fixed Pricing Benefits Our Client and AML Experts

During a recent post engagement review with a client the subject of pricing was raised. The client stated that they liked the fixed pricing that we offered. Unlike their hourly rate lawyers, our fixed price allowed them to feel free to discuss issues with pressure of being on the clock.

A win for our client, and a win for us.

AML Lessons for Lawyers from New Zealand

New Zealand lawyers face AML obligations from 1 July 2018, accountants later in the year. Perhaps there Australian colleagues will over the next decade.

I was fortunate enough to be on the speaking panel for the Thompson Reuters AML Conference last week in Auckland. Over 70 lawyers, accountants, and other interested people attend this conference to hear from the New Zealand Police FIU, the Department of Internal Affairs (the supervisor), and several AML subject matter experts.

AUSTRAC v CBA – Now for the Defence

AUSTRAC v CBA is again major news. This time it is CBA’s Defence to the AUSTRAC Statement of Claim

In this session we will explore CBA’s Defence and how it might impact AML/CTF Programs.

We might even stray into the Amended Statement of Claim.

As ever, we won’t be commenting on the merits of the claim or any defence, only the allegations as they pertain to alleged breaches of the AML/CTF Act, especially aorund AML/CTF Programs.

Paddy Oliver, Managing Director, AML Experts (and a lawyer) will lead the discussions.

Tickets are free.

Bring your own lunch.

Why did Tabcorp Really Get Fined AUD $45M?

Headlines were made when AUSTRAC brought civil proceedings against Tabcorp for breaches of the AML Act. This was the first major civil proceedings litigation brought by AUSTRAC against any reporting entity in Australia. In the approximate two years that the action lasted there was much conjecture and debate over how the matter might play out. Ultimately, a settlement was reached for Tabcorp to admit to certain breaches of the AML Act and to accept a civil penalty of AUD $45M.

AML/CTF Obligations – Tranche 2 – Consultation Paper

Do you have an interest in how your profession or industry is going to be regulated under Australia’s Anti-Money Laundering & Counter-Terrorist Financing regime? It would appear that Australian DNFBPs (lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, trust & company services providers, and high-value dealers) will finally be subject to AML/CTF Act obligations (or a variation). Yes, Tranche 2 is on its way.

AUSTRAC v Tabcorp: What can we learn to date?

In the recent judgment of Justice Nye Perram in the interlocutory matter AUSTRAC v Tabcorp (TAB Limited), the judge made comments which should make boards, senior management, risk and compliance teams, and AML professionals sit up and take note. The comments of most significance related to anti-money laundering (AML) compliance programs, money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risk assessments, and AML program governance. The judge’s comments also have relevance to record creation and record keeping obligations.

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