UK establishes money laundering watchdog

On December 21, 2017 HM Treasury announced the creation of a new watchdog organization, the Office for Professional Body AML Supervision (OPBAS), to strengthen anti-money laundering (AML) standards and to facilitate cooperation across law enforcement agencies.

The OPBAS office will provide direct supervision to "22 accountancy and legal professional body AML supervisors in the UK" (1) and will work to "ensure the 22 bodies meet the high standards set out in the Money Laundering Regulations 2017, and have powers to investigate and penalise those that do not." (1)

The OPBAS regulations will take effect on January 18, 2018.

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