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Lucy Keane comments on the European Commission’s decision to remove Gibraltar from its list of high-risk countries in ICLG News

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Counsel Lucy Keane comments on the European Commission removing Gibraltar from its list of high-risk third countries with “strategic deficiencies” in its anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regimes.

Lucy’s comments were published in ICLG News, 21 March 2024, and can be found here

This action, aligned with Article 9(2) of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4MLD), marked the culmination of efforts by Gibraltar to strengthen its financial controls and address the concerns raised by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Lucy Keane commented: 

“The European Commission’s decision to remove Gibraltar from its list of high-risk countries is testament to the hard work put in by many in Gibraltar over the last couple of years, not least HM Government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). Their determination to restore Gibraltar to its rightful place as a global financial centre has paid off and a collective cheer could be heard in Gibraltar on the day that the FATF removed the British Overseas Territory from its Grey List.

Gibraltar has a very vibrant and competitive financial services sector covering insurance, trusts, crypto and funds. Unlike other offshore financial centres, Gibraltar offers financial passporting rights into the UK. With its continental location and low tax regime, this makes Gibraltar a very attractive destination for financial services companies. There is no doubt that this was clouded by Gibraltar’s grey listing but now that the Territory is back on the White List of not just the FATF, but also the UK and the European Commission, a real sense of optimism and energy is back on the Rock and the future looks rosy.”

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