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The EU’s fourth money laundering directive is inevitable, so advisersand trusts should stay alert, say Rosalyn Breedy and Robert McKellar

11 June 2014

In the 21st-century global political and economic landscape, the ability to have a homogenised and consistent approach to the integrity of financial institutions – especially given the last five years – is seen as increasingly vital. With governmental criticism stretching from a lack of transparency to the indirect financing of terrorism, financial institutions have been held accountable for a multitude of sins.

The EU’s response came in October 2005, with the formal adoption of the third money laundering directive (3MLD). A harmonising directive, the 3MLD put in place a minimal level of measures for member states to implement, with scope...

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