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Comparing AML legislation of the UK, Switzerland and Germany

Sabrina Fiona Preller (University of Teeside, Middlesbrough, UK and Munich, Germany)

Journal of Money Laundering Control

ISSN: 1368-5201

Article publication date: 8 August 2008



The purpose of this paper is to compare, contrast and evaluate the anti‐money laundering (AML) legislation practised by the UK, Switzerland and Germany.


To facilitate the evaluation process, AML legislations and regulations of all three countries are compared based on four different aspects, i.e. criminal law, the reporting stage, the collation stage and the investigation stage.


Although specific differences and similarities between the three AML regimes are highlighted, based on the current literature, it is rather difficult to reach a valid conclusion regarding their effectiveness and efficiency.


A wide range of literature, in the original languages, was analyzed during the compilation of this paper.



Fiona Preller, S. (2008), "Comparing AML legislation of the UK, Switzerland and Germany", Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 234-250.



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