On 19 November, an article from Eversheds Sutherland reported that new figures from FCA reveal that half of its investigations into breaches of UK money laundering regulations have been discontinued since the beginning of 2020. The article reviews the current criminal enforcement landscape and takes a look at the numbers of investigations in more detail. It is suggested that the data may be evidence of the FCA’s gradual realisation that prosecuting breaches to the criminal standard is very far from straightforward; that it is much quicker, easier and less expensive to pursue a civil outcome against regulated firms for breaches of MLR; and that, in view of the nature of many of the breaches under investigation, a civil/regulatory sanction is invariably the more proportionate outcome in any event.
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