Bloomberg Law
May 11, 2020, 9:09 AM

ANALYSIS: Covid-19 Is Raising AML Compliance Risks Even Higher

Robert Kim
Robert Kim
Legal Analyst

In early 2020, a series of U.S. anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) actions signaled that this would be a year of rising scrutiny of AML/CFT compliance, and the simultaneous Covid-19 pandemic has taken AML/CFT risks to an entirely new level.

Financial institutions—and their individual officers—must keep up with these developments and assess the pandemic’s implications for AML/CFT compliance to avoid potential liability in the future for their actions now.

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