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FCA Finalises Financial Crime Guidance

Following Industry Consultation

29 April  2015

FCA Finalises Financial Crime Guidance

In November last year, the FCA consulted on proposed examples of good practice relating to financial crime. Further to this consultation, the regulator has this week published a summary of the feedback and finalised amendments to their Financial Crime Guide.

On Tuesday, the FCA published its Finalised Guidance 15/7: Guidance on financial crime systems and controls (FG 15/7), effective that day, 27th April 2015.

This Guidance follows Guidance Consultation 14/7: Proposed Guidance on financial crime systems and controls (GC 14/7) in which the FCA proposed to update its guide on tackling financial crime with examples of good practice within the industry with the intention that this would help to illustrate what some firms have done to identify, assess and manage the risk of financial crime.

The examples of good practice followed two thematic reviews that considered small commercial insurance brokers’ anti-bribery and corruption, systems and controls and small banks’ anti-money laundering and financial sanctions.

Each of the respondents to the consultation thought that the regulator’s examples of good practice were useful to help illustrate what some firms have done to assess and manage the risk of financial crime. In addition, respondents also thought that the examples given would help them to approach financial crime compliance in a more proportionate and risk-based manner.

However, some of the respondents were concerned that the examples might be taken as prescriptive and sought further clarification from the regulator. The FCA has now set to provide this in publishing finalised amendments to the Financial Crime Guidance.

In summary, the FCA’s revisions to the financial crime guide include:

The new guidance took effect on 27th April 2015.

Further Financial Crime Reading:

> FCA Guidance for Firms - Amendments to Chapter 2: Financial Crime Systems & Controls

Including Financial Crime Management Information & Risk Assessments

> FCA Guidance form Firms - Amendments to Chapter 3: Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing

Including Source of wealth & Source of Funds and Enhanced Due Diligence and Higher-Risk

FCA Business Plan for 2015/16 Focuses on Prevention of Financial Crime

With the importance of firms’ systems and controls making the list for 2015/16, the FCA will be looking to target firms with insufficient internal mechanisms in place to minimise the risk of financial crime. As such, firms should be mindful of this need when developing their business strategies and as part of their product governance processes.

Read more about the FCA Business Plan for 2015/16

Useful Links on Preventing Financial Crime: