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The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2018 was signed into Irish law last week by President Michael D. Higgins but what are the key points contained within the Act, and how will they affect Irish businesses?
Key provisions of the EU's 4th Directive on Anti-Money Laundering (AML4)(AML4) were transposed into Irish law this November (2018), through an amendment to the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act, 2010.
The amendment has now passed all stages in the Seanad/Dail Eireann and was signed by President Michael D. Higgins on the 14th of November, 2018.
But what's new in MLD4 and the CJA 2018?
Risk Based Approach:
Obliged Entities must take a risk based approach and define the risk level associated with a customer before determining whether to conduct Standard Due Diligence (SDD) or Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD).
The above effectively widens the standard due diligence processes and introduces a new level of due diligence - a requirement that Enhanced Due Diligence be performed in situations where the risk may be deemed higher.
Standard Due Diligence (SDD):
Obliged entities are required to provide evidence that they have taken steps to identify, assess, understand, and mitigate AML risk. Going forward, entities will have to justify the application of SDD by showing that the business relationship in question carries a lower degree of risk. This includes reviewing their customer registers to ascertain and identify customers who are...
- Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)
- On The Sanctions Lists
...as well as applying these measures to new customers at the take-on stage.
Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs):
A politically exposed person (PEP) is an individual who is or has been entrusted with a prominent public function.
As part of the new Directive, the definition of PEPs will be extended to include domestic PEPs i.e. those in prominent public functions or in positions with organisations here in Ireland.
Enhanced Due Diligence:
Obliged Entities will be required to review their customer registers to ascertain if they need to apply Enhanced Due Diligence to any existing customers, using a risk based approach and considering the overall transaction value of the customer and the customer's status. Where EDD is required, at a minimum, organisations should screen and monitor for...
- Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and assess if they need to apply future monitoring and further screening
- Sanctions List Checks
- Adverse Media
- Background details on the individual
- Further internal and external research
...to as much as possible fully establish the level of risk associated with the customer.
Obliged entities must be able to evidence the rationale behind the risk rating applied to each customer and CDD measures, monitoring, reporting and record-keeping must be established.
While, for the most part, the new requirements mentioned above correspond with existing best practice, companies will need to carry out assessments to identify any potential gaps which prevent them from being fully compliant.
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