Article: In ‘Cum-Ex’ Crackdown, EBA Tells Supervisors to Look at AML Compliance

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In ‘Cum-Ex’ Crackdown, EBA Tells Supervisors to Look at AML Compliance

KYC360, 13 May 2020

EU banking supervisors must investigate Cum-Ex transactions and other dividend arbitrage schemes as part of their reviews of anti-money laundering (AML) compliance programs, the bloc’s banking authority said Tuesday.

The European Banking Authority (EBA) said in a report that recent surveys of the bloc’s AML and prudential supervisors indicate that member-states “do not share the same understanding of dividend arbitrage trading schemes and the extent to which financial institutions’ handling of the proceeds from these schemes constitutes money laundering.” The handling of funds linked to such schemes “is likely to amount to money laundering, irrespective of where the tax crime took place,” the EBA said.

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