SmartSearch unveil guide for 5MLD

Jessica Nangle

December 17, 2019

Anti-money-laundering specialists SmartSearch have produced a guide to the top five changes for business likely to be affected by the up coming Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive (5MLD).

The regulations are set to be transposed into domestic law by 10 January 2020.

The top five changes for businesses likely to be affected by the regulations include strict conditions for the issuing of e-money and prepaid cards and a clampdown on virtual currency.

The Treasury is yet to produce final regulations for British businesses but the directive sets out minimum requirements for member states.

The UK government has previously indicated that it will implement and enforce the new rules regardless of the country’s future relationship with the EU.

The directive also specifically endorses the use of electronic ID verification and states that it should be used wherever available.

Money-laundering regulations will affect businesses in the property sector including lenders, estate agents, brokers and conveyancers.

The new directive will also expand to letting agents for high-value properties.

Failure to comply with the regulations can result in prosecution and heavy financial penalties.

Martin Cheek, managing director of SmartSearch, said: “Although we’ve yet to see final details, the new money-laundering regulations are bound to have a serious impact for large numbers of firms in the UK and across the EU.

“We have called on the government to publish the final rules without delay so businesses can prepare more effectively and ensure they are compliant.

“In the meantime, our ‘Top Five’ guide is aimed at giving them a bit of a helping hand.”


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