United Kingdom Chapter

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Upcoming United Kingdom Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The ACAMS United Kingdom Chapter was formally established on 14 March 2011. The objective of the chapter is to support ACAMS in its mission to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of those dedicated to the prevention and detection of money laundering.

In addition, the chapter will:

  • Provide a United Kingdom perspective and input into regional and international standards for the detection and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Provide networking platforms through which AML/CTF professionals collaborate with their peers throughout the United Kingdom
  • Deliver United Kingdom focused member events

Upcoming United Kingdom Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Cybersecurity
A strategic overview of cybersecurity risk facing financial institutions

The ACAMS’s UK Chapter Cyber Security event was a great success.

Brian Lord, MD PGI and former GCHQ Deputy Director of Intelligence (classified) and Cyber Operations, presented on the range of cyber threats currently facing organisations, and the risk of increased attacks on personal data as penalties for data privacy breaches rise to 4% of revenue under GDPR. We all learnt a lot including what script kiddies are, why today’s super cyber criminals don’t get out of bed for less than a billion pounds, and why terrorist organisations have focussed more on the money they can raise through cyber than attacking national infrastructure targets. A fascinating presentation, by a compelling speaker, and a great evening networking with fellow Anti-Financial Crime professionals over drinks and canapes, in ACAMS European HQ in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf.



KYC and UBO – Challenges, Issues & Solutions

The ACAMS UK chapter are pleased to report the success of their second event for 2016. A joint presentation from Samantha Sheen of ACAMS and Erik Wilgenhof-Plante of Tramonex was well received, the subject matter ranging from KYC & UBO through to a detailed analysis of the latest amendments to the 4th AML Directive which had only been announced a week earlier. Most attendees then stayed for a very successful networking reception with drinks and finger food kindly sponsored again by Lexis Nexis.


Sanctions – Recent Changes and Best Practice
ACAMS UK Chapter Meeting

The ACAMS UK chapter were delighted with the success of their first event for 2016. The joint presentation from Hannah Laming of Peters & Peters Solicitors and Rob Cohen of GE Capital on Sanctions, including their geopolitical causes & ramifications, was very well received and we had our second highest attendance ever (since last June’s event –see below). The evening was then followed by a discussion and a networking reception with drinks and finger food kindly sponsored again by Lexis Nexis.

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ACAMS Chapter Winter Social


Terrorist Financing – Detection & Prevention


The Senior Managers & Certification Regime: Understanding The Impact on MLRO’s

ACAMS UK Chapter were delighted that we had our largest attendance ever for this key topic introduced by Andy Love, who until stepping down as an MP the previous month, had not only been a leading member of the Treasury Select Committee for 10 years but also sat on the Parliamentary Commission into Banking Standards, whose findings led to the introduction of the SMR. This was ably followed by Polly James of BLP Solicitors clarifying the details required and personal implications of the new regime, after which our speakers mingled with the attendees, most of whom stayed for drinks & networking, kindly facilitated by our sponsors Lexis Nexis.


ACAMS UK Chapter Meeting


Focus on Anti-Bribery & Corruption: Current Trends and Best Practice


ACAMS UK Chapter Quarterly Event


ACAMS Euro Conference, London


Quarterly First Wednesday – ACAMS UK Chapter Event


Quarterly First Wednesday – ACAMS UK Chapter Event


Christmas Socials


U.K. Chapter Launch Event

Nicholas Joseph

Nicholas Joseph
Co-Chair

Nicholas is currently the Global Markets Compliance leader for a business division of GE Capital Energy Financial Services. He is also the Chief Compliance Officer for GE Capital Ltd and the CF1, CF10 and CF11 for this FCA regulated entity.

Before joining GE Capital, Nicholas provided risk management and external affairs advice to Board members of a FTSE 100 oil and gas service company. Prior to this, Nicholas was a senior British diplomat for over 13 years for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he focused on geopolitical, intelligence and global financial crime issues including sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering investigations. Nicholas also represented the UK Government on the UN Security Council in Geneva, Switzerland, where he participated in nuclear disarmament and export controls negotiations.

Nicholas holds a MBA and is based in London.


Mark Dunn

Angela Salter
Acting Co-Chair
Head of Europe and CIS

Angela Salter joined ACAMS in 2015 to lead the organisation’s development across Europe and the CIS region. A senior commercial executive with a strong track record in international market development, Salter has spearheaded the growth of several global businesses serving the international financial services community in leadership roles with organisations including Thomson Reuters, Hoppenstedt Bonnier, Moody’s and Financial Times.

Highly rated for market insight, innovation and commercial nous founded in integrity Salter is widely respected as a builder of sustainable, mutually beneficial business relationships for customers and partners.


Kimon de Ridder

Kimon de Ridder
Board Director

Kimon is currently the UK Compliance Oversight Director for Aviva plc, and has oversight responsibility for all of the business lines in the UK (life insurance, general insurance, health insurance, Digital and asset management).

Prior to his current role, Kimon was with GE Capital for 10 years where he was the Chief Compliance Officer of the global factoring business and of the UK mortgage business, regulated by the FCA. He joined GE as a senior M&A lawyer and was responsible for a number of acquisitions, joint ventures and disposals in the Global Banking portfolio. He has over 18 years’ experience in a range of industries, including financial services and telecoms, both in-house and in private practice.

Kimon holds a Doctorate of Laws and is based in London.


Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn
LexisNexis
Board Director

Mark Dunn is the Due Diligence Segment Leader for entity Due Diligence & Monitoring at LexisNexis. He is responsible for product management and development of the LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions due diligence applications. He is the spokesman on anti-money laundering, anti-bribery & corruption and sanctions compliance. He is also responsible for helping to shape the LexisNexis Risk and Compliance strategy and business development.

Mr. Dunn joined LexisNexis in 2000 following the acquisition of Financial Times Information. He developed the Lexis Diligence® application used by banks, law firms and accountants to conduct enhanced customer due diligence for anti-money laundering compliance and by global institutions for anti-bribery & corruption investigations. Mr. Dunn is a regular speaker at industry events and has written extensively for industry journals.

Email: mark.dunn@lexisnexis.co.uk


Joanna Jenkins

Joanna Jenkins
Board Director

Joanna Jenkins is the Compliance Product Manager with Railsbank. Railsbank is a banking and compliance platform that connects together a global network of partner banks with companies who want API access to global banking.

Before this Jenkins was the European compliance director and money laundering reporting officer at AFEX, a global payments and currency risk management firm. She was responsible for the European branches and subsidiaries and overseeing the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) programmes for the UK, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Jersey.

Jenkins started her career at Bank of America and gained most of her AML experience at Deutsche Bank where she was the U.K. client onboarding manager for Corporate Finance, Transaction Banking and Capital Markets. She studied at Harberdashers and has a joint bachelor’s degree in Italian and business studies from University College London—her third year was spent at the University of Bologna where she studied international law.

In 2015, Jenkins joined the ACAMS board for the UK Chapter and she recently joined the technology working party of the Association of Foreign Exchange and Payment Companies, which looks at a range of solutions fraud, cybercrime, sanctions screening and client due diligence, to name but a few. She is also on the advisory board for RailsBank, a new FinTech global banking and compliance platform.


David Symes

David Symes
Board Member
Compliance Recruitment Solutions Ltd & Symes Collins

David is MD of Compliance Recruitment Solutions, a global specialist firm with offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London & New York. He was recently President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ London Region and still chairs their Compliance Discussion Group, speaks at conferences & writes technical articles for the Compliance & Financial Crime sector and has appeared on radio discussing such.

Until recently he worked as a Management Consultant advising regulated firms on AML/KYC & Compliance issues and has also advised MPs on the Treasury Select Committee about such.

Previously David was Deputy Head of Compliance for a FTSE 100 Insurance & Investment Group frequently working alongside the Fraud Investigations team, whilst also gained fraud experience during his work in both external & internal audit.

Email: David@compliancerecruitment.com


David Rowe-Francis

David Rowe-Francis
Board Director

With over 15 years’ experience David Rowe-Francis, was recently appointed Head of AML, CFT Proliferation and TM for HSBC (UK). His connection with financial crime burgeoned as a criminal defence white collar crime solicitor specialising in fraud and complex crime. An earlier member of the ICAEW’s Fraud Advisory Panel, David wrote articles for The Panel, as well as specialist publications, including Informa and latterly ACFE’s UK Chapter on Money Laundering.

Shortly after the enactment of the 2003 Money Laundering Regulations David joined the Law Society of England & Wales, as the Senior Money Laundering Advisor (fondly not the MLRO), providing guidance to fellow practitioners on their conformance with and the impact of the expanded legislation. During that time David was a part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. However, as the legal profession’s knowledge of PoCA & the Regulations matured and a renewed passion for other things financial crime David joined the Royal Bank of Scotland, to manage its investment banking arm Fraud, Conduct and Whistleblowing Risks. Throughout his career at RBS and beyond David remains eager to participate in rational debate that helps advance an understanding of the risks, benefits, consequences, opportunities and harm associated with financial crime.