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September

2017

Ran Weissblech: Five Key Points of the Upcoming Fifth Anti Money Laundering Directive

By Ran Weissblech | September 24, 2017

(A version of this article was originally published in LinkedIn)

1. Beneficial Ownership Registers. Under 4AMLD, businesses have an obligation to hold beneficial ownership records, with individual Member States having to obtain and hold accurate and current information on corporate and other legal entities. It has been proposed that under 5AMLD, EU citizens will be granted access to these beneficial ownership records, even without having to demonstrate a 'legitimate interest'. Trusts will also now be required to meet the full transparency obligations which incorporate the beneficial ownership requirements.

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21

September

2016

Dan Adamson: Sorry, but a Google search isn’t due diligence

By Dan Adamson | Wednesday, September 21, 2016

(A version of this article was originally published in the The FCPA Blog)

I cringe when compliance teams rely solely on Google to investigate and make decisions. No offense intended to Google, but it’s simply not designed for sophisticated investigations. Yet, an overwhelming majority of compliance teams employ Google as their primary research tool.

The biggest issue with Google searches is the abundance of false positives flagged in the process. If the only information that can put into a single search field is a name and some bad words, numerous incorrect subjects that will be presented. That forces a researcher to investigate each one, creating a drag on time and budgets dealing with extraneous information.

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01

September

2017

Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are for Machines

Note: It is high time deep learning enters the AML space.

Writer: Scott Santens - (An alternate version of this article was originally published in the Boston Globe)

On December 2nd, 1942, a team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi came back from lunch and watched as humanity created the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction inside a pile of bricks and wood underneath a football field at the University of Chicago. Known to history as Chicago Pile-1, it was celebrated in silence with a single bottle of Chianti, for those who were there understood exactly what it meant for humankind, without any need for words.

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06

September

2017

Compliance is a Competitive Advantage

--Tom Obermaier

Chief Executive Officer, RDC

It is amazing how often this notion still is dismissed out of hand.  To many, the thought is simply incredulous:  "Compliance is nothing more than a tick-the-box business:  do the minimum, stay out of trouble and focus on growing your business through all other means." There is absolutely no benefit to a firm from doing anything more. Being great at compliance will not lead to selling more mortgages, car loans, bank accounts or any other revenue driver of a modern financial services firm.

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