Transparency International

Transparency International Publishes “Top Secret: Countries Keep Financial Crime Fighting Data to Themselves”


On February 15, 2017, Transparency International (“TI“) published the above report, recommending that national authorities engage to a greater level in making public disclosure of their countries’ anti-money laundering (“AML“) statistics.

TI’s report investigated leading EU nations (notably the UK, France, Italy and Germany) as well as the U.S. and found, in particular, that AML work was only partially available as a matter of public record and that it was largely only available from international AML institutions, rather than by any national bodies themselves.

TI made a number of recommendations in its report, chief among them being a desire to see the publishing of yearly AML statistics as a standard recommendation by international AML institutions such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).