FATF Recommendations


In Recommendations 10, 11 and 20, the term “law” refers to any legislation issued or approved through a Parliamentary process or other equivalent means provided for under the country’s constitutional framework, which imposes mandatory requirements with sanctions for non-compliance. The sanctions for non-compliance should be effective, proportionate and dissuasive (see Recommendation 35). The notion of law also encompasses judicial decisions that impose relevant requirements, and which are binding and authoritative in all parts of the country (as this term is used in the Note on the legal basis of requirements on financial institutions and DNFBPs).

Source: Glossary of the FATF Recommendations


Legal arrangements

Legal arrangements refers to express trusts or other similar legal arrangements. Examples of other similar arrangements (for AML/CFT purposes) include fiducie, treuhand and fideicomiso.

Source: Glossary of the FATF Recommendations


Legal person

Legal persons refers to any entities other than natural persons that can establish a permanent customer relationship with a financial institution or otherwise own property. This can include companies, bodies corporate, foundations, anstalt, partnerships, or associations and other relevantly similar entities.

Source: Glossary of the FATF Recommendations



Money Laundering


Money laundering offence

References(except in Recommendation 3) to a money laundering offence refer not only to the primary offence or offences, but also to ancillary offences.

 Source: Glossary of the FATF Recommendations


Money or value transfer service

Money or value transfer services (MVTS) refers to financial services that involve the acceptance of cash, cheques, other monetary instruments or other stores of value and the payment of a corresponding sum in cash or other form to a beneficiary by means of a communication, message, transfer, or through a clearing network to which the MVTS provider belongs. Transactions performed by such services can involve one or more intermediaries and a final payment to a third party, and may include any new payment methods. Sometimes these services have ties to particular geographic regions and are described using a variety of specific terms, including hawala, hundi, and fei-chen.

Source: Glossary of the FATF Recommendations



Money or Value Transfer Service(s)