AML POLICY AND KYC POLICY
Money laundering is the movement and disguise of cash or other assets generated from illegal activities through legitimate financial institutions or businesses so as to conceal the source of the funds or make it appear that the source of the funds is, in fact, legitimate.
Both international and EU regulations require us to implement effective internal procedures ensuring that anti-fraud, anti-money laundering, and anti-terrorist financing measures are in place.
EU & UK AML Legal and Regulatory Framework:
- The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (as amended by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and the Serious Crime Act 2015)
- The Terrorism Act 2000 (as amended by the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, the Terrorism Act 2006 and the Terrorism Act 2000 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Amendment) Regulations 2007).
The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 transposes the European Union’s 4th Anti Money Laundering Directive (the ‘4th AML Directive’) which sets out a risk based approach which is tailor made to the business being carried out by us; and The Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG) Guidance for the UK Financial Sector on the prevention of money laundering/combating terrorist financing.
One of the ways which we ensure that it is not an unknowing accomplice to money launderers is to carry out customer due diligence (hereinafter referred to as “CDD”) at the point of on-boarding new customers, as well as on an ongoing basis.
Our KYC policy and CDD procedure aims first and foremost at identifying the individuals and persons with whom we are doing business, and which companies and the persons behind them are sending and receiving funds. This applies to any transfer or transaction in any fiat denominated currency, or in the case of any conversion from virtual currencies into fiat money. This is ensured by establishing to the best extent possible:
- that clients have valid and adequate proof of identification, proof of residence;
- that we are able to maintain records of identification information;
- that we are ible to determine that clients are not known or suspected terrorists or criminals by checking their names against lists of known or suspected terrorists and criminals;
- closely monitoring clients’ money transactions.