Finowiz Fintech Limited is committed to the highest standards of Anti-Money laundering (AML) compliance and requires management and employees to adhere to these standards to prevent use of our products and services for money laundering purposes. Finowiz Fintech Limited will examine its Anti Money Laundering strategies, goals and objectives on an ongoing basis and maintains an effective Anti-Money Laundering programme for the firm's business that reflects the best practices for a global financial brokerage. Adherence to the Finowiz Fintech Limited’s Anti-Money Laundering Programme is the responsibility of all employees. The programme includes client screening and monitoring requirements, “know your customer” policies (including the requirement to establish the identity of beneficial owners), record keeping requirements, the reporting of suspicious circumstances in accordance with relevant laws, and AML training.
The standards set out in the Finowiz Fintech Limited Global Anti-Money Laundering Programme (“AML Programme”) are minimum requirements based on applicable legal and regulatory requirements and apply for Finowiz Fintech Limited. These requirements are intended to prevent Finowiz Fintech Limited, our employees and clients from being misused for money laundering, terrorist financing or other financial crime. The AML Programme establishes the general framework for the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism.
Finowiz Fintech Limited must ensure that the legal duties resulting from regulations set out are fulfilled by our subordinated subsidiaries and affiliates globally. Wherever local regulations are stricter than the requirements set out in the AML Programme, the stricter standard has to be applied. If any applicable laws are in conflict with the AML Programme, Finowiz Fintech Limited must consult with the local legal department to resolve the conflict. If the minimum requirements set out in the AML Programme cannot be applied in a certain country because application would be against local law or cannot be enforced due to other than legal reasons, Finowiz Fintech Limited has to assure that it will not:
Money Laundering is the introduction of assets derived from illegal and criminal activities (Predicate offences) into the legal financial and business cycle. Offences are for example forgery of money, extortionate robbery, drug crime as well as fraud, corruption, organized crime, or terrorism etc. Predicate offences for money laundering are defined by local law. Generally speaking, the money laundering process consists of three “stages”:
Finowiz Fintech Limited has developed a AML Programme that is based upon The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations which set out a comprehensive and consistent framework of measures to be implemented in order to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as the financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The AML Programme includes but not limited to:
Prospective clients who are interested to establish a business relationship with Finowiz Fintech Limited will have to subject to the following anti-money laundering controls and measures to ensure that funds or assets of customers are not proceeds from drug dealing, criminal conduct or terrorism financing.
Identification and Verification of Customer Identity: Prior to entering into a business relationship with a client, Finowiz Fintech Limited will identify the client through obtaining mandatory information of the client and verifying the identity of the client using reliable, independent source of data, documents or information.
Identification and Verification of Beneficial Owner: Finowiz Fintech Limited will inquire on the existence of any beneficial owner in relation to the client and will identify the beneficial owners and verify the identity of the beneficial owner using relevant information or data obtained from reliable, independent sources.
Ongoing Monitoring: All clients will be subject to ongoing monitoring which include observing the conduct of the client's account and scrutinising transactions undertaken throughout the course of business relations. Transactions undertaken by clients have to be consistent with the client's profile and source of funds.
Prohibited Activities: Finowiz Fintech Limited will not keep anonymous account, accounts with fictitious names, accounts with tampered, and forged documents.
Suspicious Transactions Reporting: Finowiz Fintech Limited shall submit reports on suspicious transactions (including attempted transactions) to the relevant local competent authorities. Group Anti-Money Laundering Department will be informed of all suspicious transactions.
All client related information and document, transactions, account files, business correspondence, and results of any analysis undertaken shall be retained for a minimum of 10 years.
Finowiz Fintech Limited shall refuse to establish a business relationship or to terminate an existing relationship with a client if Finowiz Fintech Limited cannot reasonably ascertain the true identity of the client and/or beneficial owners, or if the client is unwilling or reluctant to provide any information or document requested by Finowiz Fintech Limited. In particular, the firm will not
Finowiz Fintech Limited has implemented an ongoing AML Risk Analysis to assess the level of risk exposure considering the firm's customers, products, services, entities and geographic locations risk and to derive appropriate security measures from this analysis. AML safeguards are derived from the results of the AML Risk Analysis.
Adherence to the global-wide AML programme needs to be reviewed regularly to ensure that the firm's efforts are successful. The AML Officer in Finowiz Fintech Limited is therefore obliged to conduct appropriate controls. The responsible AML Officer must ensure, by implementing adequate customer and business related controls, that all applicable AML requirements are being adhered to and security measures are properly functioning.
Finowiz Fintech Limited has implemented a strict KYC programme to ensure all kinds of customers (natural or legal persons or legal structures) are subject to adequate identification, risk rating and monitoring measures. This programme has been implemented globally. KYC includes not only knowing the clients and entities the firm deals with, or renders services to, but also the Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBOs), Legal Representatives and Authorised Signatories as appropriate. The programme includes strict identification requirements, name screening procedures and the ongoing monitoring and regular review of all existing business relationships. Special safeguards are implemented for business relationships with politically exposed persons (PEPs) and clients from countries or industries deemed high risk.
Finowiz Fintech Limited has implemented a comprehensive AML training programme to ensure that all staff, in particular individuals responsible for transaction processing and/or initiating and/or establishing business relationships, undergo AML awareness training. Finowiz Fintech Limited's training is tailored to the business to ensure that staff are aware of different possible patterns and techniques of money laundering which may occur in their everyday business. Training also covers the general duties arising from applicable external (legal and regulatory), internal requirements and the resulting individual duties which must be adhered to in everyday business as well as typologies to recognize money laundering or financial crime activities.
Finowiz Fintech Limited has implemented processes to ensure that only reliable individuals are employed.
Adherence to the requirements of Finowiz Fintech Limited's AML programme is subject to independent testing by Finowiz Fintech Limited's Internal Audit function and the Semi - Annual External Auditor.