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Effective January 10th 2020 is new legislation for the United Kingdom and the European Union that governs anti-money laundering regulations within the market for art and antiquities. New and existing clients must produce identification when purchasing works of art in excess of €10,000. Galleries will require a compliance program to ensure all reasonable measures have been taken to prevent payment by illegally obtained funds. The provenance of the funds involved will become just as important as the provenance of the artwork.
Escalation of Proliferation
In recent years, financial institutions have been compelled to enact defences which combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Proliferation financing is the use of the modern financial system to manufacture, distribute or purchase chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Given a recent administrative error by the United States military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, financial institutions can expect increased pressure by governments to combat proliferation financing within international banking.