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Kleptocrats’ trusted helpers: The professions that enable illicit financial flows

May 18, 2023by Anrike Visser

First published by U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

“‘Enablers’ are those people and professions who make illicit financial flows possible. They include lawyers, accountants, bankers, real estate agents and others – and the firms they represent. Whether they know it or not, they play an essential role in helping kleptocrats to move, launder and spend the proceeds of their illicit wealth, while also helping them to ‘whitewash’ their reputation. Many enablers are based in countries that are significant providers of official development assistance.

Many enablers are based in countries that are significant providers of official development assistance.

We therefore make some important recommendations to help address the ‘enablers’ problem’.” […]

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