In 2018, the AFM started with reviews of compliance with the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) (BES Islands) Act (Wet ter voorkoming van witwassen en financieren van terrorisme, or ‘Wwft BES’) by financial services providers involved in the brokerage of life insurance. The AFM will continue to devote attention to this in 2019.
Dealing with money laundering is very important for the effective fight against all forms of serious criminality. The reviews and completion of individual cases in the reviews are currently still ongoing.
The Market Monitor issued this spring includes questions on compliance with the Wwft BES, but also on the risks you are exposed to in your role as service providers that you unintentionally cooperate with money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The AFM will carry out working visits at a number of service providers to review compliance with the Wwft BES in May 2019. Aspects covered by the review will include the performance of customer due diligence, the reporting obligation and the obligation to provide training. The AFM will also publish a separate guidance document on the Wwft BES specially developed for the BES Islands in 2019.
The AFM is committed to promoting fair and transparent financial markets.
As an independent market conduct authority, we contribute to a sustainable financial system and prosperity in the Netherlands.