Who supervises the enablers in terms of anti-money laundering? What are the main international professional bodies (for example IFAC, IBA) who have policies/guidelines in place for this? How global is their coverage? Are there other bodies with relevant policies or guidelines in place?
Professional enablers play a crucial role in illicit financial flows (IFFs). Tackling professional enablers requires, among other methods, consistent and effective regulation, and supervision of critical occupations, including financial institutions (FIs) and designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs). A scan of publicly available information on such bodies reveals a scenario of scattered supervision for DNFBPs, with supervisory frameworks often following the profession and not the high-risk activity. Supervision can be under the responsibility of self-regulatory bodies or government agencies, or a mix of the two.
Examples of supervision
Guidance by international professional bodies
Professional enablers can come from various financial and non-financial sectors.
Tackling such professional enablers requires, among other methods, consistent and effective regulation, and supervision of critical occupations such as accountants, lawyers, bankers, real estate agents, art dealers and luxury good traders, etc.
Different jurisdictions have varying AML/CFT regimes and inconsistent standards for professional conduct, making regulation scattered and uneven.
The list of supervisory and professional bodies mentioned in this answer is meant to be illustrative and not exhaustive. The answer is the second in a two-part series on professional enablers of illicit financial flows. The first part can be accessed here.