On 26 July 2022, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released updated guidance on how to implement a risk-based approach for the real estate sector. The report includes extensive input from private contributors gathered in the course of a public consultation that took place in March-April 2022.
The Guidance puts a spotlight on what makes the risk of money laundering and terrorism financing particularly high for real estate practitioners and explains how criminal networks can exploit vulnerabilities to launder the profits of their illegal activities. It also highlights the importance for the sector to increase its understanding of the risks it faces.
After introducing some key concepts, the 76-page document is divided into three sections:
- An overview of the key principles guiding the FATF’s Risk-Based Approach to AML/CFT;
- Highly actionable guidance for the private sector to improve its AML/CFT understanding and controls;
- Additional guidance for supervisors to ensure the implementation of the FATF requirements is successful on a local level.
While all sections include highly valuable insights, the most relevant instructions for compliance experts in the Real Estate sector are to be found in the chapter dedicated to private sector players.
In particular, according to the FATF, all real estate firms should:
How Know Your Customer can help
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