Effective anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism regimes are essential to protect the integrity of markets and of the global financial framework as they help mitigate the factors that facilitate financial abuse.
Min Zhu, Former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”)
The Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (“AMLA”) is the primary statute governing the anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (“AML/CFT”) regime in Malaysia. AML/CFT is a self-compliance programme — it is a legal obligation under the AMLA 2001 for each reporting institution (“RI”) to comply.
Section 3 of AMLA provides that “reporting institution means any person, including branches and subsidiaries outside Malaysia of that person, who carries on any activity listed in the First Schedule”. Recently, amendments were made to Part IV (Reporting Obligations) of AMLA which came into effect on 30 Dec 2021. The amendments mean that reporting obligations, which were previously applicable to advocates and solicitors as individuals, are now extended to include law firms as well as registered foreign lawyers and foreign law firms.
The relevant section on reporting obligations can be found under Part IV of AMLA. Section 19 of AMLA requires a reporting institution to have compliance programmes policies, procedures, and controls to guard against, and detect any offence under AMLA.
This Roadshow aims to educate and equip Members with basic knowledge on AMLA compliance, which would enable participants to have AMLA compliance policies within a firm. The event will be divided into two halves; theory and practical. The speakers are certified trainers for AML/CFT for Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (“DNFBPS”).
Mohamad Ezri Abdul Wahab is the Vice-President of the Malaysian Bar for the 2022/2023 term.
He was admitted as advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1994 and has been in practice ever since. He is also an accredited mediator and a Syariah Law practitioner. He was elected as Council Member for the terms 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2020/2021, and 2022/2023.
Mohamad Ezri has served the Penang State Bar Committee in various capacities, among which were as Chairman of Islamic Finance Sub-Committee (2009 to 2013); Co-Chairman of Continuing Legal Education/Professional Development Sub-Committee; and Chairman of Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Family Law Sub-Committees.
He has actively served the Bar Council as the Chairperson of the Cyberlaw Committee, Co-Chairperson of the AMLA Committee, Co-Chairperson of the IMLC 2022 Organising Committee, Co-Deputy Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and Co-Deputy Chairperson of the Small Firms Practice Committee.
He is currently a member of the following Bar Council committees: the Ad Hoc Pandemic Response Committee, Committee to Reform the Legal Sector (LPA Amendment), and Publications Committee.
Ganeswary Palaniapan was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2001. She has led and set policies, guidelines, and procedures including conducting briefings and seminars for compliance officers at Labuan International Businesses and Financial Center. She provides legal advice and strategies in defending serious enforcement cases involving regulatory compliance and enforcement cases, encompassing public-listed company enforcement, directors’ enforcement, and market offences/market manipulation/misconduct cases. She is a certified trainer on AML/CFT for DNFBPs, and has obtained a certification from the Central Bank.
Terms and Conditions
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Cancellations must be made in writing.
If you have failed to inform the organiser on your cancellation for three consecutive times, you may be blacklisted for future events.
Refunds will be processed after the event is completed. This may take up to 30 business days. The conditions for refunds are as follows:
- Full refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled or postponed by the organiser due to some circumstances.
- No refunds for this course. However substitution is allowed.
The organiser reserves the right to modify, cancel or postpone the event, should circumstances arise that make such action necessary, whereupon all registration fees paid will be refunded.
You are allowed to transfer your place to another participant, but you must notify the organiser with the necessary details.
CPD points will not be awarded to lawyers and pupils in chambers from Peninsular Malaysia who arrive more than 15 minutes late, are not present throughout the event, or leave before its scheduled end.
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- Materials will be emailed only. No printed notes will be provided.
- No recording of the event is permitted via any means at any time.
- No part of the event content may be used/reproduced in any form without the written and explicit consent of the Bar Council and speaker(s).