Compliance (AML) Officer  for a Lithuanian
Crypto-Company

ROLE OF COMPLIANCE OFFICER

The compliance officer is responsible for implementing regulations at the institutional level. The specialist’s attention is focused on the internal systems and controls that the company uses to detect, monitor, and report money laundering activities to the authorities. The main task is to ensure that the organization is not at risk and does not contribute to financial crimes.

DESIGNATION OF COMPLIANCE OFFICER IN LITHUANIA

Compliance Officer for a Lithuanian crypto companyAML compliance is a rapidly evolving field, so your AML officer’s experience should reflect the current regulatory environment. Given the importance of the AML program, your compliance officer should have all the necessary knowledge and skills in financial policies and procedures as well as financial compliance methodology. It is important that the board (director) selects a candidate who not only has the ability and experience to perform his or her duties effectively, but also meets the unique professional requirements of the organization.

Based on the Article 22 Part 1 of the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing the financial institutions and other obliged entities must designate senior employees for organizing the implementation of money laundering and/or terrorist financing prevention measures specified in this Law and for liaising with the Financial Crime Investigation Service (FCIS). Where the financial institutions or other obliged entities are led by the board, the financial institutions and other obliged entities must designate a member of the board for organizing the implementation of money laundering and/or terrorist financing prevention measures specified in this Law and senior employees for liaising with the Financial Crime Investigation Service. The Financial Crime Investigation Service must be notified in writing of the designation as well as replacement of such employees and board members not later than within seven working days from the date of their designation or replacement.

Information must be provided by the notification written by email [email protected] Please note that email and telephone number must be included into the letter.

Moreover, virtual currency exchange operator and depository virtual currency wallet operator, or the beneficiary of such entities may not be a natural person who has been convicted of a serious crime against property, property rights and property interests, the economic and business order, the financial system, the civil service, and the public interest, and has the criminal record that is in force and has not been annulled.

The requirements for the implementation of AMTF prevention measures are set out in the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Law of Lithuanian Republic.

Instructions addressed to money operators of deposit virtual currencies and operators of virtual currency exchange offices (Crypto) is described in order on instructions to deposit operators for virtual currency money monitors and operators for virtual currency exchanges for the Prevention of Money Laundering and/or Financing of Terrorism.

FCIS REQUIREMENTS FOR AN AML COMPLIANCE OFFICER:

  • Only a person who has the education, professional aptitude, abilities, personal qualities, experience and impeccable reputation necessary for the performance of the duties of AML may be appointed as an employee of AML.
  • The company should provide specialized training on measures to prevent money-laundering and the financing of terrorism to its employees, especially those responsible for customer relations and transaction control.

The Compliance Specialist not only tracks and processes various confidential financial data, but also interacts regularly with the board of directors as well as financial authorities. In addition to KYC/AML, an officer of your company must have sufficient authority to ensure the effective performance of his duties. Ideally, an AML specialist should be a director-level employee with industry experience to deal with all aspects of their professional environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMPLIANCE OFFICER

  1. Development, implementation, and maintenance of an anti-money laundering program of the respective institution.
  2. Collection and analysis of information on suspicious transactions and reporting to the FCIS in case of suspicion of money laundering or terrorist financing.
  3. Preparation and submission of written statements on compliance with the requirements of the law to the company’s management.
  4. Maintenance of High-Risk customer records and reporting to authorities.
  5. Maintenance of a risk assessment system for products and service and customers, as well as for other issues related.

KYC/AML Officer takes due diligence measures:

  1. When establishing business relations with a new client.
  2. When making payment in the amount of more than 15,000 EUR or an equal amount in another currency.
  3. When verifying data in case of doubts about the reliability of submitted documents or data. In case of suspected money laundering or terrorist financing.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • To which position should the Compliance officer be assigned?
    The Compliance Officer is an employee of the company or is a part of the governing body, that is, the Director of the company, duties of the AML Officer are performed by an employee based on the employment agreement. The Financial Crime Investigation Service and the competent supervisory authority must be informed of the appointment of the Compliance Officer with in seven days after the assignation.
  • Which unit is responsible for reviewing the work of Compliance Officer?
    The contact person of a company is directly subordinate to the Directors of the credit or financial institution and has the competence, resources, and access to relevant information in all structural divisions of the financial institution, necessary to fulfil the duties provided for in this Law. Also, the AML Officer should interact with state departments (in the case of a Lithuanian cryptocurrency company, this is Financial Crime Investigation Service) and contribute to the fight against money laundering and reduce the risk of terrorist financing.
  • Should the compliance officer be experienced?
    Yes, it is required to have experience in this area. Only a person, who has the appropriate education, professional suitability, the necessary abilities, personal characteristics, experience, and impeccable reputation necessary to perform the duties, can be appointed as the KYC/AML Officer. The appointment of the Compliance Officer is coordinated with the FCIS.
  • Is the compliance officer mandatory from the beginning of crypto company’s operations?
    Compliance Officer must be assigned to duty not later that in seven days after informing Registru Centras that the company will perform virtual currency exchange and/or depository virtual currency wallet services. The Board of the cryptocurrency company, and the Head of a branch of a foreign credit institution, and a financial institution entered in the Lithuanian Registru Centras , appoints a specialist who is the contact person of the company with the FCIS.
  • Is it allowed to hire the Compliance Officer outside of Lithuania?
    Yes, the company is required to appoint a specialist (Compliance Officer), there are no specific law determining nationality or the living address of this specialist.

 

 

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