Daniel Mulligan


This Comment discusses the implementation of “Know Your Customer” (KYC) regulation and its effect on the international banking system. Part I of this Comment explains general legal concepts and trends in international money laundering including background of the drug trade, money laundering process and techniques, and U.S. and international regulatory efforts to combat the money laundering problem. Part II examines the history and the purpose of KYC principles and the proposed regulations. Part III maintains that the rejection of the proposed regulations is appropriate. This Comment concludes that the U.S. government should permit U.S. banks to self-regulate and that a less specific self-regulatory scheme should be adopted internationally.