The transition in the EU from the Third to the Fourth AML Directive has been over 10 years in the making and some would say overdue. The Directive itself must be implemented by all EU member states by 26 June 2017. This update examines and comments on the key innovations under the new directive, in particular the EU's decision to implement centralised beneficial ownership registers across the Union and how this will be transposed in Cyprus. It also examines the more recent EU proposals to amend the new rules under the so-called 'Fifth' AML Directive.

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