AML Manual AltosEscondidos

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Information about AML Manual AltosEscondidos
Investor Relations

Published on February 24, 2014

Author: escape2playa



Even after the long permitting process Altos Escondidos SA has been following all international Banking laws in KYC ( Know your Client ). Altos Escondidos SA has declined several JV partner and funding offers from Far- East and Latin America as Altos Escondidos SA has a very tight policy on "proof of funds" and " Source of funds " in compliance with ALL International Banking laws.

Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Policy Statement and Client Questionnaire: The International Money Laundering Abatement and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act of 2001 ("Title III"), which was signed into law on October 26, 2001, imposed significant new anti-money laundering requirements on all "financial institutions," as so defined under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The purpose of this directive is to highlight those minimum standards that the Board of Directors for Altos Escondidos may require certain Officers to follow. Due to the nature of our entity structure which is not a money services financial institution, transactions are limited to deposits for investment purposes and redemptions of those funds. Suspicious transactions are generally those that have no corresponding bank account verification for the customer, or lack any reasonable explanation. Identifying suspicious activity may prove difficult and often requires subjective evaluation because the activity may be consistent with lawful transactions. Our written Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing program, approved by senior management, is designed to achieve and monitor compliance with the applicable requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (31 U.S.C. 5311, et. seq.), and the implementing regulations promulgated there under by the Department of the Treasury and, as applicable, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission. Money laundering occurs when funds from an unlawful activity are moved through the financial system in such a way as to make it appear that the funds have come from legitimate sources. Money laundering usually follows three stages. First, cash or cash equivalents are placed into the financial system. Second, the money is transferred or moved to other accounts through a series of financial transactions designed to obscure the origin of the money. Finally, the funds are reintroduced into the economy so that the funds appear to have come from legitimate sources. Officers need to be aware of potential money laundering abuses that could occur from a client account and report potentially suspicious activity. The Board of Directors is committed to following all applicable laws and regulations to ensure that our business is not used to facilitate money laundering or terrorist financing. Officers of the firm have a responsibility to ensure compliance with our written anti-money laundering procedures and controls (Client Questionnaire), and to abide by all applicable laws and regulations involving anti-money laundering programs. The Client Questionnaire enables Officers to form a reasonable belief that they know the true identity of each customer; recognize suspicious transactions; allowing them to report suspicious or unusual activity to appropriate supervisory personnel, including senior management when appropriate. Identifying potentially high-risk accounts should occur in the account opening process. Although attempts to launder money or finance terrorism can come from numerous sources, Officers should be aware that certain types of entities or individuals from certain geographic locations may pose a greater risk. Officers should consult the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) list of non-cooperative countries and territories (NCCT list) to determine whether a client is from one of those countries or territories. If the client is from one of the countries/territories identified on the NCCT list, the Officer should determine what, if any additional due diligence is necessary in deciding whether to open the account, and if the account is accepted, what if any additional monitoring of the account activity is appropriate.

Officers must use risk-based procedures to verify the identity of each client to the extent reasonable and practicable. Accounts must be verified using a reasonable combination of documentary and nondocumentary methods. The documents that will be used for documentary verification are contained in the Client Questionnaire. Documents that would be appropriate for verification include, for an individual, an unexpired government-issued identification that evidences nationality or residence and bears a photograph or similar safeguard (e. g. driver's license or passport); and for a non-individual (e.g. corporation, partnership or trust), documents that show the existence of the entity, such as certified articles of incorporation, a government issued business license, a partnership agreement or a trust instrument. In most instances, once an Officer verifies the identity of a client through documentary evidence, the Officer does not have to determine whether the document is valid. However, if the document shows an obvious indication of fraud, then Officer must report to senior management to determine whether the document is sufficient for the firm to form a reasonable belief that it knows the customer's true identity. Appropriate non-documentary methods include contacting a customer; independently verifying the customer's identity through the comparison of information provided by the customer with information obtained from a consumer reporting agency, public database or other source; checking references with other financial institutions; or obtaining a financial statement. An Officer may also want to examine whether there is a logical consistency between the customer's name, street address, ZIP code, telephone number, date of birth and social security number. For purposes of our client reporting requirements, a client includes individuals or entities opening new accounts. Requirements for certain intermediated accounts, where the intermediary is the account holder, should focus on the intermediary, not the underlying participant or beneficiary. For example, in the case of an omnibus account, an Officer should treat the intermediary as the customer and does not have to apply the Client Questionnaire requirements to the underlying beneficiaries. Similarly, if an intermediary opens an account in the name of a collective investment vehicle such as a commodity pool, the Officer is not required to apply the Client Questionnaire to the pool's underlying participants. Accounts opened in the name of a corporation, partnership or trust that is created or conducts substantial business in a jurisdiction that has been designated by Treasury as a primary money laundering concern or has been designated as non-cooperative by FATF may pose additional risks. If a client fails to ascertain the client’s identity from both the documentary and non-documentary due diligence then the Officer may request information, if the client is an entity and not an individual, to verify a client’s identity. Officers should take reasonable steps to (1) ascertain the identity of all nominal and beneficial owners of a private banking account; (2) ascertain whether any owner of the account is a senior foreign political figure; (3) ascertain the source(s) of funds deposited into a private banking account and the purpose and expected use of the account; and (4) review the activity of the account to ensure that it is consistent with the information obtained about the client's source of funds and with the stated purpose and expected use of the account. If an Officer intends to reasonably rely on another financial institution to verify the client’s identity, it must specify how it has done so. Generally, an Officer may rely on another financial institution if: (1) the reliance is reasonable under the circumstances; (2) the other financial institution is subject to an AML compliance program requirement under the BSA and is regulated by a Federal functional regulator; and (3) the other financial institution enters into a contract requiring it to certify annually to

the Officer that it has implemented an AML program and that it will perform the specified requirements of its own compliance program. If the Officer meets these requirements, it will not be held responsible for the failure of the other financial institution to adequately fulfill the due diligence obligations. Officers should familiarize themselves with the following red flags for suspicious transactions: A client exhibits an unusual level of concern for secrecy, particularly with regard to the client's identity, type of business or source of assets; A corporate client lacks general knowledge of its own industry; A client appears to be acting as an agent for another entity or individual but is evasive about the identity of the other entity or individual (except situations involving the identity of ownership interests in a collective investment vehicle); A client is from, or has accounts in a country identified as, a haven for bank secrecy, money laundering or narcotics production; A client makes a funds deposit followed by a request that the money be wired out or transferred to a third party, or to another firm, without any apparent business purpose. Officers must report to senior management any clients that are on a Terrorist Watch List or if a client appears on any list of known or suspected terrorists or terrorist organizations issued by any Federal government agency and designated as such by Treasury in consultation with the Federal functional regulators. Our auditing firm also requires that we maintain an adequate audit trail to assist law enforcement agencies in any investigation. The key components of these policies, procedures and controls are discussed below. At a minimum, records must be kept for seven years for: (1) all identifying information obtained from a client; (2) either a copy or a description of any document that was relied on to verify identity, noting the type of document, any identification number contained in the document, the place of issuance, and if any, the date of issuance and expiration date; (3) a description of the non-documentary verification methods or additional verification methods used and the results; and (4) a description of the resolution of each substantive discrepancy discovered when verifying the identifying information obtained. Officers should understand that AML and Terrorist Financing is an evolving area and the Board of Directors expects to provide further guidance as additional requirements in this area are imposed. Your compliance is greatly appreciated. Best regards, Athisayaraj Mahadevan Managing Partner Altos Escondidos, SA

CLIENT QUESTIONNAIRE (CONFIDENTIAL) You are being asked to answer the questions which follow in connection with your subscription to purchase Membership Units issued by Altos Escondidos, SA, a company formed under the laws of the Republic of Panama (the “Company”). The Membership Units are being offered to a limited number of qualified investors without registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), in reliance on the private offering exemption contained in Section 4(2) of the Securities Act and Regulation D and Rule 147 promulgated thereunder. The availability of the exemption depends, in part, on a determination that each purchaser qualifies as an “accredited investor,” as defined in Rule 501(a) under the Securities Act. The information supplied will be used in determining whether proposed purchasers of Membership Units meet such criteria. The information will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed except to the Managing Members of the Company, its counsel, the Company’s selling agent in the offering of the Membership Units and its counsel, and, if required, to governmental and regulatory authorities. I (we) understand the Membership Units are being issued without registration under the Securities Act in reliance upon the private offering exemption contained in Section 4(2) of the Securities Act and Regulation D promulgated there under or excluded from the Federal registration requirement pursuant to Regulation S for offers and sales of securities outside the United Sates of America, and that such reliance is based in part on the information herein supplied. For the foregoing reasons, and to induce the Company to accept my subscription for Membership Units, I represent and warrant that the information stated herein is true, accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief, and I agree to notify and supply corrective information promptly if, prior to the consummation of my purchase of Membership Units, any of such information becomes inaccurate or incomplete. THE UNDERSIGNED HEREBY GIVES EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT TO THE COMPANY AND THE CO-MANAGING MEMBERS TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, OBTAIN CONSUMER REPORTS ON THE UNDERSIGNED OR THE UNDERSIGNED’S BUSINESS, AND TO CONTACT THE BANKS AND PROVIDERS OF SERVICES LISTED IN THIS INVESTMENT QUESTIONNAIRE TO VERIFY AND/OR CLARIFY THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN.

1. Documentary Evidence: Please provide an unexpired government-issued identification that evidences nationality or residence and bears a photograph or similar safeguard (e. g. driver's license or passport); and for a non-individual (e.g. corporation, partnership or trust), documents that show the existence of the entity, such as certified articles of incorporation, a government issued business license, a partnership agreement or a trust instrument. Total Amount of Investment: $ ____________________ Source of Funds: _______________________(Stock sale, equity line, etc.) Purpose of Investment : _______________________(Portfolio diversification, etc.) 2. (a) (b) (or) (or) (c) Personal Full Name: Social Security No.: Passport/ID No.: Tax ID No.: Residence Address: City, State, Zip: (d) Telephone Number (Area Code): (______) __________________ (e) Age: (f) Are you (Check one): (g) Do you file jointly? (h) Are you a citizen or permanent resident of the United States? ____Yes ____ No 3. Employment (a) (b) (c) Employer: _________________________________________ Business Address:______________________________________ City, State, Zip: ___________________________________ Business Telephone Number (Area Code): (______) ___________ (d) Nature of business: ____________________________________ (e) Position: ____________________________________________ (f) Length of Time in Present Position: _______________________ (g) Other business-related activities (service on boards of directors, etc.) _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ _____ ____ Married ____Yes ____ Single ____ No

4. Send correspondence to: Home ____ Office ____ Other ____: 5. What is your net worth exclusive of your home, car and furnishings? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 6. What are the sources of your wealth? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 7. Investment Experience Describe briefly your prior investment experience in both marketable and unmarketable securities. If none, please so state. ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 8. Other Experience Describe any other substantial experience you have in accounting or financial matters including your educational background (schools attended and degrees obtained): ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 9. Investment Advice (a) In connection with your proposed purchase of Membership Units, will you seek advice from any lawyer, accountant, investment advisor or other person or persons? Yes ____ No ____ If yes, please set forth the name, profession or occupation and business of each prospective advisor and, if more than one, explain briefly the division of responsibilities between them: ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ (b) What qualifies each such person to evaluate the merits and risks of this investment and to act as your advisor (education, past experience, professional competence, time in profession, accounting certificates, SEC registration, etc.), and how long have you dealt with such person or persons professionally? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

10. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES I understand that the Company will be relying on the accuracy and completeness of my responses to the foregoing questions. I represent and warrant to the Company as follows: (i) the answers to the above questions are complete and correct and may be relied upon by the Company in determining whether the offering of Membership Units are exempt from registration under the Securities Act, and (ii) I will notify the Company immediately of any material change in any statement made herein occurring prior to the closing of any purchase by me of Membership Units. I will also provide upon request of the Company a copy of a personal financial statement reflecting my assets, liabilities, and net worth or recent tax return to reflect my income. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have executed this Client Questionnaire this _____ day of ______________, 2014. ___________________________ (Signature of Subscriber) ___________________________ (Signature of Spouse, or other joint tenant, if any) ___________________________ (Printed Name of Subscriber) ___________________________ (Printed Name of Spouse, or other joint tenant) OR ___________________________ (Name of Entity) By: ___________________________ (Signature) ___________________________ (Print Name) ___________________________ (Title)

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