CYPRUS: Strengthening protection on money laundering by the Introduction of the Fourth Anti- Money Laundering Directive

CYPRUS: Strengthening protection on money laundering by the Introduction of the Fourth Anti-

Money Laundering Directive

 

 

Flows of illegal money can damage the integrity and stability of the financial sector but also may threaten the internal market of the European Union. The need to promote financial stability and curb the dangers fraught in Anti Money Laundering, has promoted the EU Parliament to pass the Fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive which has come into force on the 26th of June 2015. EU Member States will have to implement the Directive into domestic law within two years.

 

The ambit of the Directive covers a range of businesses including banks, auditors and accountants and its rules will also have to be complied with, by any businesses involved in cash payments for goods worth at least €10.000.

 

         The central aspects of the Directive are the following:

 

(a)    EU Member States shall create registers, where records of the ultimate beneficial owners of businesses will be kept. Authorities within each country but also by investigative journalists, who can demonstrate a legitimate interest in gaining access to such information, will have access to these registers.

 

(b)   Specific reporting obligations are introduced for banks, auditors and lawyers on suspicious transactions made by their clients.

 

(c)    Senior managers will incur greater responsibility to approve policies, controls and procedures of their companies.

 

(d)   Sanctions for non compliance will be significantly harsher to both natural and legal persons; and

 

(e)   Entities shall take steps to manage and mitigate the risks of Money Laundering by introducing policies and procedures such as consumer due diligence controls.

 

        Hence, the above changes will require businesses to re asses their current systems in order to ensure their efficient functioning and at the same time Member States will need to ensure they implement and comply with the said Directive by the 26th of June 2017. 

 

 

For further information on this topic please contact Ms. Nada Starovlah and Ms. Melissa Fikret at SOTERIS PITTAS & CO LLC, by telephone (+357 25 028460) or by fax (+357 25 028461) or by e-mail (nstarovlah@pittaslegal.com or mfikret@pittaslegal.com).

 

 

 

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advise should be sought about your specific circumstances.

Публикации 2015

Cyprus: Guidance for Cyprus Courts on the duties o...
28 дек 2015 08:22

Cyprus: Guidance for Cyprus Courts on the duties owned by directors of a company to the sharehold [ ... ]

read more
Cyprus: Taxation – Amendments on the Double Tax Tr...
22 дек 2015 15:29

Cyprus: Taxation – Amendments on the Double Tax Treaty between the Republic of Cyprus and U [ ... ]

read more
CYPRUS: Guidance by the Supreme Court of Cyprus on...
14 дек 2015 12:53

CYPRUS: Guidance by the Supreme Court of Cyprus on “mens rea” for bounced cheques In October 2 [ ... ]

read more
CYPRUS: Double Tax Treaty between Cyprus and Swiss...
09 дек 2015 07:53

CYPRUS: Double Tax Treaty between Cyprus and Swiss Confederation On 15th October 2015, the Double T [ ... ]

read more
Cyprus: New Procedure for Issuing a Tax Residency ...
07 дек 2015 14:40

Cyprus: New Procedure for Issuing a Tax Residency Certificates   Tax Department, has recently iss [ ... ]

read more
КИПР: Отменён налог на прирост капитала на недвижи...
27 нояб 2015 06:47

КИПР: Отменён налог на прирост капитала на недвижимое  [ ... ]

read more
Tied Agents
23 нояб 2015 08:53

Tied Agents   A tied agent means a person established in a Member State, who, actin [ ... ]

read more
Cyprus: Possible guidance from the English Courts ...
20 нояб 2015 08:04

Cyprus: Possible guidance from the English Courts on the Interpretation of jurisdiction clauses a [ ... ]

read more
CYPRUS: WINDING OF COMPANIES – WINDING UP BY THE C...
18 нояб 2015 11:09

CYPRUS: WINDING OF COMPANIES – WINDING UP BY THE COURT (COMPULSORY WINDING UP)-INABILITY OF [ ... ]

read more
Cyprus: A possible amendment in the Law of Social ...
30 окт 2015 10:54

Cyprus: A possible amendment in the Law of Social Insurance Debtors   In Cyprus over [ ... ]

read more
Cyprus: Will the proposed amendment in relation to...
29 окт 2015 08:28

Cyprus: Will the proposed amendment in relation to the reduction of Judges in Family Courts solve [ ... ]

read more
CYPRUS: SERVICE OF COURT DOCUMENTS UNDER REGULATIO...
23 окт 2015 09:24

CYPRUS: SERVICE OF COURT DOCUMENTS UNDER REGULATION (EC) 1393/2007    In a case [ ... ]

read more
CYPRUS: APPOINTMENT OF RECEIVER IN AID OF EQUITABL...
21 окт 2015 13:59

CYPRUS: APPOINTMENT OF RECEIVER IN AID OF EQUITABLE EXECUTION OF CYPRUS JUDGMENT   I [ ... ]

read more
Cyprus : Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Spee...
20 окт 2015 10:19

Cyprus : Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Speed and Efficacy in the spirit of judicial cooper [ ... ]

read more
CYPRUS: Strengthening protection on money launderi...
19 окт 2015 13:43

CYPRUS: Strengthening protection on money laundering by the Introduction of the Fourth Anti-  [ ... ]

read more
The International Court of Arbitration of the Inte...
13 окт 2015 05:54

The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce to communicate re [ ... ]

read more
A fight against corruption by the proposed introdu...
05 окт 2015 06:12

A fight against corruption by the proposed introduction of Criminal Record Certificates for Companie [ ... ]

read more
THE EXAMINERSHIP - Amendments to the Cyprus Legisl...
30 сен 2015 07:36

THE EXAMINERSHIP - Amendments to the Cyprus Legislation     The Compan [ ... ]

read more
CYPRUS TAX. AMENDMENTS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN AUTUM...
23 сен 2015 06:24

CYPRUS TAX. AMENDMENTS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN AUTUMN 2015.   A. Income Tax Treatment  [ ... ]

read more
Changes to the Inheritance process under European ...
10 сен 2015 10:30

  Changes to the Inheritance process under European Succession Regulation 650/2012 & [ ... ]

read more
Renewal and Amendment of the Double Taxation Treat...
09 сен 2015 12:35

Renewal and Amendment of the Double Taxation Treaty between Cyprus and Ukraine   ___ [ ... ]

read more
ACTIVATION OF A CIF AUTHORISATION
01 сен 2015 09:25

ACTIVATION OF A CIF AUTHORISATION   According to Cyprus Securities and Exchange Comm [ ... ]

read more
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CYPRUS DTT NETWORK
01 сен 2015 09:23

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CYPRUS DTT NETWORK   Cyprus- Bahrain (DTT signed in March 201 [ ... ]

read more
CYPRUS INVESTMENT FIRMS (CIFs)
01 сен 2015 09:16

CYPRUS INVESTMENT FIRMS (CIFs)   The Cyprus Investment Firms Law 144(I)/2007 provide [ ... ]

read more
The establishment of a New Administrative Court in...
19 авг 2015 05:55

The establishment of a New Administrative Court in Nicosia, Cyprus     &nbs [ ... ]

read more
The Approval of a Bill relating to the Sale of Loa...
06 авг 2015 06:43

The Approval of a Bill relating to the Sale of Loans   A bill under the name &ldquo [ ... ]

read more
Свежие изменения в налоговом режиме Кипра...
23 июль 2015 06:41

Свежие изменения в налоговом режиме Кипра
 9 июля 2015 к [ ... ]

read more
Парламент представил закон о решении вопроса о пра...
20 июль 2015 09:30

"Парламент представил закон о решении вопроса о праве  [ ... ]

read more
Закон о внесении изменений в Закон о Компаниях CAP...
16 июль 2015 06:31

Закон о внесении изменений в Закон о Компаниях CAP 113 N.4 [8 [ ... ]

read more
Схема натурализации инвесторов на Кипре...
30 март 2015 09:38

ПАСПОРТ ЕС   Схема натурализации инвесторов на Кипре   [ ... ]

read more
Особенности новой Исправленной Регуляции 1215/2012...
24 март 2015 07:02

Особенности новой Исправленной Регуляции 1215/2012
  Хорош [ ... ]

read more
Lis Alibi Pendens в соответствии с Регуляцией (ЕС...
02 фев 2015 10:50

Lis Alibi Pendens  в соответствии с Регуляцией (ЕС) № 44/2001 оюри [ ... ]

read more
More Publications 2015

Subscribe to our Publications

Image
We are dedicated to providing our clients with outstanding, highly personalized, legal representation.
Chrysanthou Mylona 10 
3030 - Limassol, Cyprus
© Soteris Pittas & Co LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Image