Anti-Money Laundering – Information Session on Risk Evaluation Questionnaire (REQ)

20.00 25.00

In September 2019, the Council of Europe’s Anti-Money Laundering body MONEYVAL published a Report, calling on Malta to strengthen the practical application of measures to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism, to step up its efforts to investigate and prosecute money laundering and to strengthen its supervisory system. 

Following the first training session held on 30 January, the Chamber of Advocates is now organising an Anti-Money Laundering Information Session for lawyers, which will focus on the Risk Evaluation Questionnaire (REQ). 

The FIAU issued sector specific REQs which replace the Annual Compliance Report (ACR) and which must be submitted to the FIAU by the 31st March. The REQ is a data collection exercise aimed at providing the FIAU with detailed information on subject persons.

The information session will provide an overview of the salient parts of the REQ and guidance on how one should go about preparing for the completion of the REQ.

The information session will take place on 04 March 2020 at 13.00 hrs at the Chamber of Advocates Conference Hall and will be delivered by Dr Malcolm Mallia and Dr Diane Bugeja.

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BIO – Dr Diane Bugeja

Diane is a Senior Associate at Camilleri Preziosi, practicing primarily in financial services law, financial regulation and anti-financial crime compliance.

Prior to joining the firm, Diane held the post of Senior Manager within the risk advisory department at a Big Four Audit Firm in London and Malta. She subsequently joined the enforcement units of the UK and Maltese financial services regulators.

Diane holds a Ph.D in law from King’s College London and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.

BIO – Dr Malcolm Mallia

Malcolm is the Founder of LEXCO compliance solutions where he actively supports the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance team in all legal matters relating to AML Customer Due Diligence (CDD). The compliance team, which has extensive practical experience in AML/CFT, supports subject persons including Advocates, Notaries, CSPs, Fiduciaries, Accountants, Auditors, and Real Estate Agents in all their AML compliance obligations such as development of AML manuals, procedures and policies, CDD and Risk Assessment tools. Malcolm is a warranted advocate and holds a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Malta, a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accountancy and business management, and an MBA from Henley Management College (UK). 

He has been involved in the field of compliance for the last 20 years supporting organisations become compliant to their relevant industry and legal standards. Malcolm is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta in the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accounts, an ISO 9001 auditor and an MFSA approved Compliance officer for CSPs and Trustees. 

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