The Impact of COVID-19 on the Detection of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, 31 July 2020

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Methods and Trends

31 July 2020 - After a brief update on risks, challenges and other relevant issues related to ML/TF detection reported by FATF and FSRB members and observers, experts representing national financial intelligence units, regulators and the private sector shared their views on topics including:

  • How has COVID-19 affected day-to-day financial activity and how are national authorities and the private sector adapting ML/TF detection capabilities in a rapidly evolving environment?
  • How have national authorities and the private sector dealt with challenges to ensure business continuity so that ML and TF activity continues to be detected?
  • What are some of the medium to long-term issues facing the anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing (AML/CFT) community and what lessons can we learn from the impact of the pandemic?




Daniel Thelesklaf, former Chair (MONEYVAL) and outgoing co-chair of the FATF Risks Trends and Methods Working Group  


William Fox, Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance, Bank of AmericaValerie Tay, Executive Director, Anti-Money Laundering Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore
 Hennie Verbeek-Kusters, Chair of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units and Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (the Netherlands)  Marcus Wogart, Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance, Retail Bank and Wealth Management, HSBC Group