Money laundering, bribery and corruption create significant risks to the reputation of any business that might unwittingly become involved with organised crime. As part of the advice which we give to businesses on the detection and prevention of fraud and financial crime, we offer specialist advice on anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-bribery and corruption (ABC).
To add to their credibility, money launderers employ sophisticated techniques including the use of professional advisers to make their criminality appear legitimate. The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 places a legal requirement on businesses to report suspicions of money laundering to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
Likewise, the Bribery Act 2010 makes failing to prevent bribery a criminal offence: a business can be criminally responsible for bribes made on its behalf by ‘Associated Persons’ – whether they know about them or not. The only defence is that the business had ‘Adequate Procedures’ in place to prevent bribery.
We can advise on how best to protect your business from money launderers and those involved in bribery and corruption, including effective due diligence, well-defined policies and procedures, and robust management of systems and controls.