Webinar on Money Laundering through the Real Estate sector

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This FATF webinar explored how criminals launder the proceeds of crime through the real estate sector and what authorities and the private sector can do to detect and disrupt these financial flows.

The FATF’s assessments show that the real estate sector and their supervisors often have poor understanding of the money laundering risks they face and regularly fail to mitigate them. A panel of expert shared their perspective and experience in tackling the laundering of proceeds from illicit activities through real estate transactions.   

The discussion focused on : 

  • The process of disrupting money laundering through the real estate sector, from risk identification mitigation to reporting and cooperation between practitioners and law enforcement.
  • The value of public-private partnerships
  • Supervisory framework and challenges  
  • The impact on the real estate sector and market 


Peter German KC, PhD - President International Centre for Criminal Law Reform, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute (VACI)


Tommas Kaplan - Von Poll

Christine Lustig - Financial Intelligence Unit Germany 

Nicola Thivessen - Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

Andrew Sander - US Treasury

Susan J. Schneider - US department of Justice  

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