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AML/CFT - Year 1 Lessons - Online CPD

NZ $179.00
Henry Brandts-Giesen Neil Russ
Henry Brandts-Giesen
Kensington Swan
Neil Russ
Buddle Findlay

Package includes:

Online CPD Module  l  Electronic booklet  l  PowerPoint Presentation

Package Fee (incl GST)

  • $149 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $179 - Non-members

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Online CPD Module

Presentation time: 90 minutes

Lawyers and conveyancers have needed to be compliant with the AML/CFT Act since 1 July 2018, and now need to be ready to file their first annual report with the Department of Internal Affairs.

This module will take a practical approach to preparation and filing of the annual report and to helping practitioners navigate key issues that are emerging, including interpreting “captured activities”, best practice with efficient and effective due diligence, audit requirements and investigations.

Topics covered will include:

  • Annual return to DIA – with an emphasis on tricky areas and potential pitfalls
  • Independent audit process and providers
  • Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)
  • Current interpretation issues
  • Significant risk issues
  • Answers to participants’ questions.

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Learning objectives

After completing this module you will:

  • Be aware of potential issues with the annual DIA return.
  • Understand independent audits.
  • Be able to apply this knowledge in your practice. 


Authors: Henry Brandts-Giesen, Neil Russ
Published: 11 June 2019
Pages: 80


This paper is intended to assist New Zealand lawyers with a new and important compliance obligation to assist in the detection and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing. The obligations are onerous but they are manageable. The first stage in the compliance process is to understand the context. From there lawyers will hopefully realise that they are but one class of a wide group of professionals and businesses who are dealing with ensuring their businesses are compliant. The New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) is committed to guiding all lawyers through the transition and can draw on the experience and expertise of members and external specialists who are familiar with the issues and solutions.

The purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts, general overview of the problems and processes and outline the various mechanisms for anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) in New Zealand, how AML and CFT legislation applies to lawyers and law firms, and an outline of other practical measures law firms can to take to manage risk.

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