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Local Directors and Key Officials are personally responsible for the Internal Controls of their Remote Gaming business so must be aware of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) obligations and procedures. AML is an international issue and taken very seriously by Regulators. Failure to ensure adequate controls, or to provide essential training to relevant staff, may be an offense - even when no Money Laundering is suspected.
This iGaming course aims to outline AML issues concerning the Remote Gaming sector and to assist attendees find a suitable response in their own case. It aims to be practical and is focused specifically on the Remote Gaming sector.
This iGaming course is primarily aimed at Payment Specialists, Key Officials, Money Laundering Reporting Officers (MLROs) , but will also benefit all Managers and Staff who are involved in the Payment Systems.
Upcoming Part Time Course:
Date: 4th & 6th March 2014
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Duration: 6 hours
Price: €235 inc. VAT
Venue: Pentasia Malta Limited, Quarries Street, Santa Venera, SVR 1755, Malta
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The training session will give you an opportunity to have an overview of the main and the subsidiary legislation in connection with Anti Money Laundering with special emphasis being also made on the role of the MLRO in terms of the recent Implementation Procedures.
The aim is to ground the training in practical experience and to encourage discussion between practitioners/trainees.
Feedback received from past courses:
"Melody was prepared well, she answered all my questions, I am more than satisfied with this course." B.Bakos
This training session is focused on the mandatory duties of Key Officials and MLROs. However this course will give all participants the opportunity to have a better understanding of the following:
Remote Gaming standard procedures on“Know Your Customer” data collection/record keeping and relevant technological solutions
Interpretations of Money Laundering that have been applied in other nations and how Remote Gaming differs from Banking etc
Remote Gaming Regulations concerning the traceability of funds, customers & bets
AMLCFT Directives transposed into Maltese law and future EU / International trends
Local Anti Money Laundering Regulations & the FIAU Implementation Procedures Parts I and II (including Risk Based methods)
The additional AMLCFT requirement to screen transactions in order to “Combat the Financing of Terrorism”
About the Tutor:
This iGaming course will be run by Eur Ing Melody Morgan-Busher who was the Director Compliance for LGA 2005-2006. Since then she has worked in various roles (with the Central Bank of Malta, KPMG Malta, CSB and a French Insurance company). She was recently the MLRO for a multi-million turnover company and has had extensive AML training / experience.
Melody began work in ICT and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers. After studying for an MBA in eCommerce, her career moved towards Governance, Risk and Compliance.
What's on the Agenda
A brief overview of the Remote Gaming Regulations where AML and the management of client funds is concerned
A review of the global, EU & local context regarding AML Legislation with a discussion of how iGaming could be abused as a means to launder money in B2B, B2C and B2B2C situations covering the stages of layering, integration and placement of illicit money.
An assessment of EC Directive 1781/2006 (Transfer Payments) information required by payment service providers plus the requirement to identify Remote Gaming customers and how this is managed
Discussion of the requirements and penalties associated with failing to apply AMLCFT regulations adequately
Exploration: how to reconcile Data Protection rules on Personal Data and prevailing AMLCFT data retention requirements
AMLCFT warning signs and profiling; standard Remote Gaming fraud and collusion risk management which support AMLCFT
I already work in igaming sector as Fraud and Payments Manager, if I take this course, would I be able to upgrade my position within the company as MLRO?
Not all iGaming companies have a MLRO position today. Before long, the law will change and is expected to force all EU iGaming companies to appoint an MLRO. If the new rules follow the existing rules for insurance, banking etc the MLRO will need to be a suitably trained person who is reasonably senior (so that they can act effectively to prevent ML) and who is not a Director! This course will cover the new rules in some detail and explain the current / future and transition arrangements.
Would I be able to be officially an MLRO?
Presently MLRO positions are only applicable in insurance, banking etc - those business sectors which are "subject persons" under the 3rd AML Directive. MLROs in such businesses are proposed to MFSA by their employers then vetted for competence / suitability. It is likely that these rules will be extended to iGaming during 2014 so that each Operator will have to propose a suitable candidate to LGA as MLRO. At present, the Key Official is the MLRO equivalent for LGA, but since the Key Official must be a Director / Board Member, they are not sufficiently independent to be a perfect MLRO!
Another question is, since the company I work for trigger [target?] the Spanish market, is it useful to take this course?”
Yes, the rules regarding AML prevention are international and have been harmonised across the EU. There are minor variations between Malta and Spain, but if your employer is licensed in Malta (as they must be if you are based here) then the LGA rules are the ones that apply to your company. We will discuss the variations and cross country issues during the course.
Why should you attend
The training session will give you an opportunity to have an overview of the main and the subsidiary legislation in connection with the latest Anti Money Laundering with special emphasis being also made on the role of the MLRO
What would I benefit from such a course
A better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a Key Official, MLRO and other employees in terms of AML regulations. The aim is to ensure that the persons who carry responsibility to prevent Money Laundering have the right foundations and contacts to perform their role safely – so protecting themselves, their customers, their business and the Maltese industry.
What would my company benefit from such a course
Given the cross border nature of Remote Gaming prevents face-to-face contact with customers, it is essential for Operators to perform a rational and reliable AML risk assessment on a regular basis to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations. This course aims to provide the foundation skills needed to address these issues.
The company will have better trained staff on matters relating to AML and be better able to deploy resources effectively.
Is there a minimum requirements in qualification or experience to be eligible to attend this course
No minimum requirements or experience necessary.
Who should attend this course
This course is mainly aimed at Key officials, MLROs , but all managers and staff involved in the Payment Systems will benefit.
Do I get a certificate after the course?
The Anti Money Laundering regulations demand that details of training attended or given, are to be maintained, therefore a certificate of attendance will be issued, to support the evidence of compliance. It is important for all persons who are responsible to prevent Money Laundering have evidence of regular and recurring training in the subject.
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