Further to our updates issued in October 2017 and February 2018, the Cayman Islands has updated and consolidated a number of its laws on the prevention of money laundering (“AML”) and the countering of terrorist financing (“CTF”).
The current Cayman Islands AML/ CTF legislative regime includes, amongst other things, the Proceeds of Crime Law (2018 Revision), the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations (2018 Revision) (“AML Regulations”), and the Guidance Notes on the Prevention and Detection of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the Cayman Islands (the “Guidance Notes”) dated December 2017.
The updated Guidance Notes have clarified that all financial services providers (“FSPs”) must appoint natural persons at managerial level as follows: (i) Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer (“AMLCO”) who would be the point of contact with the regulatory authorities; (ii) Money Laundering Reporting Officer (“MLRO”) to whom suspicious activity reports must be made by staff; and (iii) Deputy MLRO (“DMLRO”) who, in the absence of the MLRO, would discharge the functions of the MLRO.
The MLRO may be the same person as the AMLCO, so long as the individual is competent and is able to perform both roles efficiently.
It should be noted that an AMLCO must be considered fit and proper to assume the role and is someone who:
In the event of the outsourcing of AMLCO/ MLRO functions, the FSP must maintain appropriate policies and procedures and assess associated risks including the country risk if outsourced outside of the Cayman Islands. Where outsourced to a service provider outside the Cayman Islands, if the AML/ CTF standards are lower than the Cayman Islands, the service provider should adopt Cayman Islands’ standards. Even if the service provider is located in a jurisdiction on the AML Steering Group List of Equivalent Jurisdictions it may be advisable to conduct a one-off gap analysis as to equivalence of outcomes: e.g. that the same activities would be identified and reported (including to the Cayman Financial Reporting Authority) whether applying the Cayman AML/ CTF legislative regime or the AML/ CTF regime of the service provider.
Natural persons must be designated as AMLCO, MLRO and DMLRO by 30 September 2018. FSPs that are registering with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority as a regulated investment fund as at 1 June 2018 must demonstrate compliance with such requirement by the provision of the requisite information at the time of submission of the registration application via the REEFS portal.
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