ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

Law360, New York (April 6, 2017, 1:12 PM EDT) -- Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body that evaluated the United States’ compliance with anti-money laundering (“AML”) and counter-terrorist financing (“CFT”) standards. Issued on Dec. 1, 2016, by the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”), an intergovernmental body established in 1989 by the United States and other major nations, the “mutual evaluation report” (“MER”) on the United States assessed how well the United States is complying with the FATF 40 recommendations. These recommendations are the global standards for combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism throughout the world.

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