On 26th February, Payments Compliance reported that, on February 22nd, the Wolfsberg Group, published an updated Correspondent Banking Due Diligence Questionnaire (CBDDQ) and related guidance material. It has also revised its 2004 Anti-Money Laundering Questionnaire for Correspondent Banks, seeking to set an enhanced and reasonable standard for correspondent banking due diligence.
The Wolfsberg Group is an association of 13 global banks that aims to develop frameworks and guidance for the management of financial crime risks, KYC and AML/CFT policies. The Group says that the CBDDQ aims to set an enhanced and reasonable standard for cross-border and/or other higher risk Correspondent Banking Due Diligence, reducing to a minimum any additional data requirements, as per the Wolfsberg definition and current FATF Guidance. It is also the Group’s expectation that the Group members will begin to use the CBDDQ, in a phased approach, with all of their respondents.