Financial Crime Compliance Working Group


The purpose of the Financial Crime Compliance Working Group (FCC WG) is to foster best practice across a broad spectrum of financial crime-related risks that could arise in the Securities Services industry.


In August 2015, ISSA released 17 Principles which are recommended to be implemented by the global community of securities custodians and intermediaries in order to address the critical challenges posed by financial crime, particularly where omnibus and commingled account structures are used. The WG’s scope includes reviewing these principles, and related Due Diligence Questionnaire, on an ongoing basis.

In scope topics include:

New Technologies

  • Outline the risk dimensions for different technologies
  • Cover crypto currencies and digital assets▪

Sanctions Forum

  • Create a group to pool and share information on different sanctions, interpretation and necessary actions required

Key Deliverables

Pending introductory meetings in Q3

Key Outcomes

Pending introductory meetings in Q3



Principles and Related Documents

  • SWIFT KYC Registry Factsheet NBFI (2022) > PDF 30 kB
  • ISSA Financial Crime Compliance – Revised Questionnaire (ISSA DDQ) version 12/2021 > DOC 3 MB
  • ISSA Financial Crime Compliance Principles for Securities Custody and Settlement, second revision 05/2019
    > PDF 326 kB
  • ISSA Financial Crime Compliance – Questionnaire (ISSA DDQ), simplified version 05/2019
    > DOC 300 kB
  • Examples of Draft Contractual Terms to Support the Implementation of the Principles 05/2019
    > PDF 211 kB
  • Background & Overview on the Financial Crime Compliance Principles 05/2019
    > PDF 574 kB
  • Discussion paper on Transparency in Securities Transaction and Custody Chains, issued on 22 April 2014, as pre-reading documentation for the ISSA Symposium 17.
    > PDF 360 kB

Additional Documents

  • ISSA Comments to BIS’s consultative document of October 21, 2015
    > PDF 414 kB
  • ISSA commissioned Study on the Benefits and Costs of Securities Accounting Systems, August 20, 2015
    > PDF 950 kB

Working Group Co-Chairs

Mark Gem, Clearstream
Olivier Goffard, Euroclear

Executive Sponsor

Margaret Harwood-Jones, Standard Chartered Bank

Institutions Represented by Experts in the Working Group

  • Aite Novarica
  • Banque Internationale à Luxembourg
  • BNY Mellon
  • Citibank
  • Clearstream
  • Cognizant
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Deutsche Börse Group
  • DTCC
  • Euroclear
  • HSBC
  • ISSA
  • JP Morgan
  • SEB
  • SIX
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • The Mauritius Commercial Bank
  • UBS
  • Winterflood Securities

“All you need to know about FCCPs” video series

Table of contents video
Background of ISSA FCCP
What did ISSA do about it?
How FCCPs line up with similar regulatory norms
Main requirements prescribed by ISSA FCCP
Due diligence
Third party client business