AML Guidelines to be implemented in Hong Kong

Having released consultation conclusions, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that gazetting of a new set of guidelines on anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CFT).

The new AML guidelines will take effect on April 1, 2012. They serve to replace the existing Prevention on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Guidance Note published by the SFC. The new guidelines provide guidance to the financial sector that include the operation of the relevant provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance (AMLO).

Gazetted on July 8, the enacted AMLO was conducted by Hong Kong’s Financial Services and Treasury Bureau with a view not only to enhance the AML/CTF regime in Hong Kong’s financial industry but also meet the latest international standards as regards customer due diligence (CDD) and record keeping.

A consultation launched on September 30 invited comments on the proposed guidelines from industry practitioners, trade associations and professional bodies. It ended on November 18, 2011.

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