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Lawyers, Notaries and Other Independent Legal Professionals

Lawyers, Notaries, Other Independent Legal Professionals, Accountants, Auditors and Tax Advisers

As stipulated in the Third Schedule of the MLTPA if you are a professional who is classified as a lawyer, notaries, other independent legal professionals, accountant, auditors and tax advisers when preparing for or carrying out transactions for your clients concerning the following activities:

  1. Buying and selling of real estate,
  2. Managing of client money, securities or other assets,
  3. Management of bank, savings or securities accounts,
  4. Organization of contributions for the creation, operation or management, and buying and selling of business entries.

You are subject the having a compliance regime for your business or profession.

Reporting

Suspicious transactions

You must report where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a transaction or an attempted transaction is related to the commission or attempted commission of a money laundering offence or a terrorist activity financing offence. You may access the STR Form by clicking here.

Terrorist property

You must report where you know that there is property in your possession or control that is owned or controlled by or on behalf of a terrorist or a terrorist group.

Record Keeping

You must keep the following records:

  • Large cash transaction records
  • Receipt of funds records
  • Client information records
  • Copies of official corporate records (binding provisions)
  • Copies of suspicious transaction reports

Ascertaining Identity

You must take specific measures to identify the following individuals or entities:

  • Any individual who conducts a large cash transaction,
  • Any individual or entity for whom you have to keep a client information record or a receipt of funds record, and
  • Any individual for whom you have to send a suspicious transaction report.

Third Party Determination

Where a large cash transaction record is required, you must take reasonable measures to determine whether the individual is acting on behalf of a third party. When a client information record is required, you must take reasonable measures to determine whether the client is acting on behalf of a third party.
In cases where a third party is involved, you must obtain specific information about the third party and their relationship with the individual providing the cash or the client.

Compliance Regime

The following five elements must be included in a compliance regime:

  • The appointment of a compliance officer
  • The development and application of written compliance policies and procedures
  • The assessment and documentation of risks of money laundering and terrorist financing, and measures to mitigate high risks
  • Implementation and documentation of an ongoing compliance training program
  • A documented review of the effectiveness of policies and procedures, training program and risk assessment

Penalties for Non-compliance

Non-compliance with Money Laundering & Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2008 may result in criminal or administrative penalties.