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Hurdles Remain As UK Pushes On With AML-Fighting Register

Law360, London (March 8, 2019, 7:34 PM GMT) -- The U.K. has a headstart on implementing the latest round of European rules designed to clamp down on money laundering, with its two-year old public register showing who really owns corporate entities. But the government faces challenges if it wants the British version to be effective in helping to cut back criminal funding.

European Union anti-money laundering laws have since 2016 required countries in the bloc to maintain a central register of the so-called ultimate beneficial owners behind legal entities — those holding 25 percent or more of shares. But the EU’s fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive goes a step further in the wake...

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