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

The next event will be in December – full details to follow.

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

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.


Harikrishnan Balakrishnan

Harikrishnan Balakrishnan, CAMS
Board Member
Citi Bank

Hari is a Compliance Technology Project Manager and Analyst, working with Citi Bank, London.

In his role he is working on several AML initiatives including the European Payment Council’s regulatory requirement for SEPA .

Hari is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), PMI Certified Project Management Professional and Master’s degree in Business Administration and Corporate Secretaryship.


Joanna Jenkins

Joanna Jenkins
Communications Officer

Joanna Jenkins is the European Compliance Director and Money Laundering Reporting Officer at AFEX, a global payments and currency risk management firm. Jenkins is responsible for the European branches and subsidiaries and she oversees the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) programs for the U.K., 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 U.K. Chapter and she recently joined the executive team of AFEP and the advisory board for RailsBank, a new FinTech global banking and compliance platform.

Kimon de Ridder

Kimon de Ridder

Kimon is currently the Chief Compliance & Regulatory Officer of GE Working Capital Solutions (WCS), a division of GE Capital. WCS is responsible for factoring the receivables of all of the GE Industrial businesses, and purchases approximately $ 86 billion receivables / year and has approximately 60,000 debtors located in over 160 countries.

Prior to his current role, Kimon was the Chief Compliance Officer for GE Capital’s mortgage business in the UK, regulated by the FCA. He joined GE 10 years ago 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
Event’s Organizer

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.


Morenike Shodunke, CAMS
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Co-Membership Director

Morenike is currently working at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. as a Compliance Officer within the Compliance Testing function. Within this function Morenike’s role consists of carrying out AML and financial crime related tests across different lines of businesses.

Morenike also has experience at Credit Suisse within the Controls & Surveillance Team. Key responsibilities included AML Investigations and the filing of SARS with the NCA and STRs with the FCA. Other responsibilities included AML transaction monitoring, and also providing an advisory role to the business for any AML related escalations.

Morenike has also worked within the customer due diligence and client onboarding function. Within this role Morenike was responsible for onboarding mostly high risk clients into the KYC system.

Morenike was CAMS certified in 2013 and has since been a member of the ACAMS UK Chapter.

Outside of work Morenike enjoys baking, going to the gym and Formula 1.