Formed in 1989, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an intergovernmental body comprising the Group of Seven industrialized nations to set standards and foster international action against money laundering. FATF’s stated objectives are to “set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. Starting with its own members, the FATF monitors countries’ progress in implementing the FATF Recommendations; reviews money laundering and terrorist financing techniques and counter-measures; and, promotes the adoption and implementation of the FATF Recommendations globally.”
Since its establishment, FATF has focused its work on three main activities: (1) standard-setting, (2) ensuring effective compliance with the standards, (3) and identifying money laundering and terrorist financing threats. These activities will remain at the core of FATF’s work for the remainder of the mandate. Going forward, FATF will build on the work and respond to new and emerging threats, such as proliferation financing and vulnerabilities in new technologies that could destabilize the international financial system.
The Seminar will be dedicated to exploring the 40 Recommendations set by the FATF as well as providing an overview of FATF-Style Regional Bodies, The Wolfsberg Group, The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and the USA Patriot Act. The intention of this Seminar is to provide an international perspective of AML.
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Dr Franklin Cachia is currently the Head of Tax and Regulated Industries at CSB Group. He attended the University of Malta and successfully completed a Bachelor of Laws degree, followed by a Doctor of Laws degree in 2012. In fulfilment of his LL.D., Franklin submitted and defended his thesis entitled: “The Custody Business in the Financial Sector”.
Following his graduation from the University of Malta, for the last 6 years, Franklin was employed with a local firm specialised on international tax planning, financial services, investment funds, corporate law, commercial law, and financial legal matters. Franklin obtained his Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) which helped him solidify his foundations in domestic and international taxation.
In 2015, Franklin furthered his studies at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he read an Advanced LL.M. in International Tax Law. He successfully submitted and defended his thesis entitled, ‘Analysing the European Commission’s Final Decisions on Apple, Starbucks, Amazon and Fiat Finance & Trade’.
Franklin also lectured the Advanced Taxation Module for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA P6) course provided through Aim Professional Academy and the EU Direct Taxation module for the ADIT. Franklin is also a member of the Board of Examiners of the Faculty of Law at the University of Malta. Franklin also delivered employment law, company and business law training to public and private bodies as well as in-house training. He also published other articles on the international tax journal EC Tax Review published by Kluwer Law International with his very latest article entitled: ‘Tax Transparency for Intermediaries: The Mandatory Disclosure Rules and Its EU Impact‘ (2018) 27 EC Tax Review, Issue 4.
Moreover, Franklin pursued the course organised by the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners entitled ‘Introduction to the Virtual Financial Assets Act’ and successfully passed the exam prescribed by the Malta Financial Services Authority. In view of his experience, Franklin’s main practice areas include local and international and Maltese tax law, corporate and trusts law, financial services, digital economy and virtual currency, blockchain, intellectual property and employment law.
Events resources will be available online after the delivery of the event.
Day 1: 21/07/2020
Start time: 14:00 CEST
End time: 17:15 CEST
Venue: Online Live Session
Phone: +356 27555560 / +356 77555560