Even though the EU's Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (EU 849/2015) 'on the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing' (hereinafter referred to '4AMLD') has only recently hatched from its legislative egg, the European Institutions and the Member States' governments agreed, in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, that further action is required to counter the novel terrorist financing trends as well as the technological advancements.
I feel angry and frustrated and sad. Yesterday I had lunch with a bright talented woman I met 2 years ago just as she was going on maternity leave for the second time. For the sake of her privacy, let's call her Lucy.
It's almost a year now, since she went back to work. I asked her how it was going and how she was finding the transition back into working parenthood. The tone of the conversation dropped immediately. Things were "fine" she told me, but she's now made the decision to hand in her notice.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question that many 8-year-olds are asked. Such a common question is met with a wide range of responses; some want to be artists, astronauts and musicians, whilst others aspire to be doctors, dentists and brain surgeons.
For me, my argumentative nature and desire to push boundaries all of the time (much to my parents' dismay) led me to the lawyer camp. I wanted to grow up and be like Ally MacBeal. She was a really cool lawyer, who was very fashionable, had an interesting life and helped people.