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Online AML compliance

Cooperation among a dozen law or more major London law firms to create an online training course for Anti Money Laundering has developed into a training system covering this, and other, essential aspects of risk management.

28 February 2008

By Fraser Ashman, partnership secretary, CMS Cameron McKenna

People outside our profession are often amazed by the idea of a group of senior lawyers and others from major firms coming together to cooperate on an issue.

Perhaps because lawyers are usually seen as competitive, and even sometimes combative, the idea that a group would get together and share their experiences and concerns to create a common standard and a portfolio of training programmes for compliance, in a number of areas, might seem unusual to say that least. However, over the past few years, working on the principal that there is no competitive advantage in being the most compliant with regard to regulations such as Anti Money Laundering (AML), a group of firms has been doing just that.

December 2007 saw the introduction of the EU’s third directive on AML, and this development, among others, in the regulatory environment, means this group is seeing the work it started almost five years ago develop in a way in which it would never have imagined.

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