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CARA regulates firms of attorneys-at law for anti-money laundering ('AML') and related fields.

The Cayman Islands Government appointed the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association (‘CILPA’) as the named Supervisory Authority for monitoring anti-money laundering compliance by firms of attorneys-at-law within the Cayman Islands. CILPA delegated this supervision function to its operationally independent regulatory arm, the Cayman Attorneys Regulation Authority (‘CARA’).

Our supervisory AML responsibilities include counter-terrorism financing and counter-proliferation financing (collectively included in our reference to ‘AML’).

Registration with CARA is a distinct and separate mandatory process from registration with CILPA. It is a legal requirement all firms of attorneys, rather than individual attorneys.

The Anti-Money Laundering Regulations (‘AMLRs’) categorises all firms of attorneys-at-law admitted to practice Cayman Islands law as ‘Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions’ (DNFBPs), which includes:

  • A body, corporate, association, partnership or limited liability partnership of attorneys who are admitted to practice law in the Cayman Islands; or
  • An attorney admitted to practice law in the Cayman Islands who is in independent practice as a sole proprietor or who provides legal services to an employer other than the Government.