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2020 Foresight Report: The Impact of Anti-Money Laundering Regulations on Wealth Management

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Published Date : Aug 2013

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No. of Pages : 67 Pages


The report provides a detailed overview of anti-money laundering (AML) initiatives taken by governments and regulatory bodies across the world to combat rapidly growing money laundering activity:

  • Examines the impact of money laundering and how wealth management and other financial institutions have taken measures to deal with such illicit activity
  • Provides a global perspective on various money laundering activities and the measures being taken to tackle the problem, in terms of enactment of regulations and coordination between nations
  • Provides an insight into various AML regulatory developments that have taken place in key markets and their impact on their respective governments, financial institutions and customers


Governments and regulatory bodies have taken numerous measures to curb money laundering activities in the last decade. The phenomenon has assumed increased urgency since 2008-2009 when economies across the world, developed nations in particular, were severely impacted by the financial crisis. Following the global economic slowdown, a number of regulations have been enforced; proposals for the Fourth Money Laundering Directive by the European Commission (EC) in 2013, the launch of new FATF money laundering recommendations in 2012, and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) in the US are key recent developments in global AML regulation. These initiatives are intended to strengthen the global AML regulatory environment and increase pressure on financial institutions to comply.

While AML compliance in North America and Europe is highly developed, it is yet to reach these standards in a number of emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Latin America. While many countries in these regions have formulated AML regulations in the past, effective enforcement by local regulators has been the key challenge. However, governments and regulatory bodies in these nations have demonstrated their interest in bringing their AML compliance in line with international standards. Limited regulatory enforcement and rising money laundering activity have compelled global financial institutions in these economies to take a proactive approach to improve their AML processes, such as know your customer (KYC) and customer due diligence (CDD).


  • This report provides an overview of AML awareness levels and the level of regulatory enforcement in countries across various regions
  • Discusses key factors which drive governments and regulatory bodies to formulate and implement AML regulations, and also discusses money laundering activity in key markets
  • Outlines the key operational and technological challenges that financial institutions face due to the rapid rise in money laundering activity and frequent regulatory upgrades
  • Provides a comprehensive analysis of AML compliance spending trends during the review period (2008-2012) and over the forecast period (2013-2017). The report also provides an overview of market dynamics and key vendors operating in AML
  • Outlines the key recommendations provided by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to improve AML processes across different countries and financial institutions
  • Discusses in detail the best practices adopted by government institutions as well as financial institutions to curb money laundering activities

Reasons To Buy

  • Assess the impact of money laundering activities on the global economy and financial system and learn how financial institutions have been taking initiatives to deal with such activities
  • Gain insight into various regulatory developments that have been taken place across different markets to combat rising money laundering activities
  • Analyze the impact of operational and technological challenges on the business operations of wealth management and other financial institutions caused by these regulatory developments
  • Understand the best practices adopted by government bodies and wealth management companies to curb these illicit activities, with the help of case examples
  • Key Highlights
  • The rapid growth of money laundering and other illicit activities has become a major issue for governments and financial institutions across the world.
  • Fighting money laundering has become a priority for governments and other international bodies, which are increasingly concerned about the consequences of these illicit activities on corporate governance and business operations in the financial sector, as well as the overall fundamentals of the world economy.
  • Governments and regulatory bodies across the world have been tightening regulations to combat money laundering. Economies such as the US, the UK, Germany, Australia, Japan and Singapore have strong AML regulations in place, while Canada, Brazil, Russia, India and China are taking initiatives to introduce AML regulations.
  • Financial institutions face a number of operational and technological challenges due to changes in regulations. These entail increased regulatory complexity and improvements in IT systems, documentation and record keeping. Reduced customer privacy is also expected to be a rising concern, due to increasing disclosure and information sharing requirements.
Table of Contents

1 What is this report about?

2 Executive Summary

3 Money Laundering Global Market Dynamics
3.1 Global Snapshot
3.2 Regional Overview
3.3 Key Drivers
3.4 AML End Markets

4 Key Operational and Technological Trends and Challenges
4.1 Operational Trends
4.2 Technology Trends
4.3 Challenges

5 Key Regulatory Trends and Impact Assessment
5.1 Developed Economies
5.1.1 FATF recommendations of February 2012
5.1.2 The EC released a proposal for its Fourth Money Laundering Directive
5.1.3 FATCA enacted in the US in 2010
5.1.4 Anti-money laundering legislation in the UK, October 2012
5.1.5 Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act in Canada, May 2013
5.1.6 Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance, Cap 615 in Hong Kong, April 2012
5.1.7 Monetary Authority of Singapore (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Regulations, 2002
5.2 Developments in Emerging Economies
5.2.1 Brazil
5.2.2 Russia
5.2.3 India
5.2.4 China
5.3 Regulatory Challenges

6 Global Compliance Spending Trends
6.1 Operational Expenditure
6.2 IT Expenditure
6.3 Software Expenditure
6.4 Market Dynamics by Type of Firms

7 Best Practices in AML Compliance
7.1 Key Recommendations
7.1.1 AML/CFT policies and coordination
7.1.2 Money laundering and confiscation
7.1.3 Terrorist financing and financing of proliferation
7.1.4 Preventive measures
7.1.5 Transparency and beneficial ownership of legal persons and arrangements
7.1.6 Powers and responsibilities of competent authorities and other institutional measures
7.1.7 International cooperation
7.2 Case Examples
7.2.1 Wegelin & Co.\'s non-adherence to AML regulations
7.2.2 Adoption of software by Capital Bank to counter money laundering
7.2.3 Bank Central Asia (BCA) selects NICE Actimize to improve its AML processes
7.2.4 Central Bank penalized three Indian banks for violating KYC regime
7.2.5 US authorities charged HSBC with violating CDD requirements

8 About WealthInsight

List of Table

Table 1: List of Banks Which Were Imposed Money Laundering Sanctions, 2012-2013
Table 2: Key Destinations for Offshore Wealth, 2011
Table 3: FATF\'s Member Countries and Organizations, as of June 2013
Table 4: FATCA Regulations and Impacts
Table 5: AML Regulations Enacted or Amended in the US, 1970-2004
Table 6: Evolution of AML Regulations in the UK, 1993-2012
Table 7: Provisions Under Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act
Table 8: Documentation Under KYC Process
Table 9: Global AML Compliance Spending (US$ Million), 2008-2017
Table 10: Global AML Compliance Operations Spending (US$ Million), 2008-2017
Table 11: Global AML Compliance IT Expenditure (US$ Million), 2008-2017
Table 12: Global AML Compliance Software Spending (US$ Million), 2008-2017
Table 13: Leading AML Vendors and Type of Solutions Offered
Table 14: FATF Recommendations, 2012
Table 15: AML/CFT Policies and Coordination
Table 16: Money Laundering and Confiscation
Table 17: Terrorist Financing and Financing of Proliferation
Table 18: Preventive Measures
Table 19: Transparency And Beneficial Ownership Of Legal Persons and Arrangements
Table 20: Powers And Responsibilities of Competent Authorities and Other Institutional Measures
Table 21: International Cooperation

List of Chart

Figure 1: AML Regulatory Enforcement Levels Across the World
Figure 2: AML Regulatory Impact on End Markets
Figure 3: AML Regulatory Developments, 2010-2013
Figure 4: AML Challenges and Their Importance Among Financial Institutions
Figure 5: Emerging Regulatory Trends and Impact Analysis
Figure 6: AML Regulations in the US
Figure 7: Impact of AML Regulations on Financial Institutions in Hong Kong
Figure 8: Global AML Compliance Spending (US$ Million), 2008-2017
Figure 9: Global AML Compliance Operations Spending (US$ Million), 2008-2017
Figure 10: Global AML Compliance IT Expenditure (US$ Million), 2008-2017
Figure 11: Global AML Compliance Software Spending (US$ Million), 2008-2017
Figure 12: Case Study - Wegelin\'s Non-Adherence to AML Regulations
Figure 13: Case Study - Capital Bank\'s Use of the SAS AML Solution
Figure 14: Case Study - BCA Deployed AML Solutions From NICE Actimize
Figure 15: Case Study - RBI Penalized Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and ICCI Bank
Figure 16: Case Study - US Allegations Against HSBC of Violating CDD Requirements

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