ACAMS Anti-Financial Crime Symposium – Cyprus

  • When:9 February 2017
  • Where:Limassol, Cyprus
  • Venue: Four Seasons Hotel,
    Ag. Tychonas,
    Limassol 3313, Cyprus

The European Anti-Financial Crime landscape is changing at an astonishing pace.

Countries are launching beneficial ownership registers, scrutinising legal structures like Trusts to search for hidden proceeds of bribery and corruption, and radically redefining counter-terrorist financing efforts to focus on returning foreign fighters. AML regulations, company regulations and tax laws are being amended or reformed across the whole of Europe.

At this day-long Symposium, we’re bringing together international experts to examine how you can overcome the new complexities of global compliance. Our five sessions will cover topics from e-verification, cross-border information sharing…to where your SARs actually end up.

You’ll hear pragmatic advice and learn practical tools for dealing with these complicated issues, and leave prepared for the changes due to roll out in the industry during 2017.

Learning Objectives

  • Hear international experts speak about up-to-the-minute regulatory changes
  • Learn about the latest European initiatives to disrupt terrorist funding
  • Grow your understanding of emerging CDD trends – like e-verification and e-identification
  • Learn more about Trust structures, and how to identify their controllers and beneficiaries
  • Study cross-border AML prosecution cases from an FIU perspective, to uncover secrets of their success


7:45 – 8:45 Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 Welcome Remarks
9:00 – 9:15 Keynote Address
9:15 – 10:30 Drawing Back the Curtain on Beneficial Ownership
10:30 – 11:00 Networking and Refreshment Break
11:00 – 12:15 European Initiatives and Practical Strategies to Combat Terrorist Financing (CTF)
12:15 – 12:45 Analysing Emerging CDD Trends and the Use of Technology to Verify Identity
12:45 – 13:45 Networking Luncheon
13:45 – 14:15 Special Presentation – the Vital Role of FIUs in Combatting Cross-Border Financial Crime
14:15 – 15:15 Piercing the Veil of Legal Arrangements: Overcoming the Challenges of Undertaking Effective CDD on Trusts and their Beneficiaries
15:15 – 15:45 Networking and Refreshment Break
15:45 – 16:45 The Anatomy of an AML Case
16:45 – 17:00 Closing Remarks
17:00 – 18:00 Networking Reception courtesy of Bank of Cyprus.

Platinum Sponsor

Bank of Cyprus

Bank of Cyprus

Silver Sponsors



InfoCredit Group

Infocredit Group




ACAMS Members Non-Members
$495 USD $595 USD


Registrations for this event have now closed. It is not possible to register onsite at the event.

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Charalambos Anastasiades
  • Charalambos Anastasiades

  • Director
  • CiSero Ltd
  • Cyprus


Charalambos currently serves as vice-chair of the ACAMS Cyprus chapter. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University (United States) and a B.A. in Economics from York University (Canada).

Charalambos is a co-founder and a co-Director of CiSero Ltd, a company set up in 2013, specializing in providing compliance services including the implementation of proactive Compliance, Governance and AML Risk Management programs.

He has more than 30 years of work experience mainly in the financial sector in a variety of roles ranging from Finance and Marketing to Risk and Compliance. He held the position of the MLRO of a financial institution for a number of years. His extensive expertise in compliance includes Know-Your-Customer due diligence processes, risk assessment, audits of compliance programs, compliance training, case management and compliance program development, implementation and evaluation.

Throughout his career he has been giving numerous lectures and training seminars and is a certified trainer of the Human Resources Development Authority of Cyprus.

David Artingstall
  • David Artingstall

  • Associate Fellow
  • Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
  • UK


David Artingstall is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London and a recognised international expert on anti-money laundering/counter terrorist finance (AML/CFT) issues. At RUSI his research interests include information sharing and the public/private partnership, as well as the design of risk-based approaches to financial crime. He also pays close attention to AML/CFT policy developments in the UK, Europe and the FATF.

David has carried out technical assistance, training and consultancy assignments on behalf of the IMF, European Commission, Council of Europe, EBRD and UK government departments, as well as the private sector, in Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle & Far East. His work has included training and development work with FIUs, AML supervisors and financial institutions, as well as national AML/CFT strategies and risk assessments.

Before he moved into consulting, David was a Technical Specialist in the Financial Crime and Intelligence Division of the UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Authority (FSA), where established a strategic intelligence function, as well as acting as the deputy MLRO. Prior to this, he worked at the UK’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) as both an intelligence and policy officer and was a founder member of the Terrorist Finance Team in 2001. David began his career with the Metropolitan Police, where he served in the Special Branch Financial Investigation Unit at New Scotland Yard, developing intelligence on terrorist financing and other national security matters.

David holds both ACAMS and ICA professional qualifications. He also has an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University and a Certificate of Legal Studies from the Open University.

Alasdair Davidson
  • Alasdair Davidson

  • Partner, Litigation, Private Wealth and Fiduciary Regulatory & Compliance, Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Bedell Cristin
  • Channel Islands


Alasdair is a partner and the head of the litigation and private wealth and fiduciary teams in Guernsey. He has been in practice for nearly 25 years and, before qualifying in Guernsey, not only practised as a barrister in England but also spent several years working in the Caribbean. He is instructed by law firms and institutional clients based worldwide and has acted for most of Guernsey’s leading fiduciaries, fund providers and banks. Alasdair has a genuine depth of experience having handled a great variety of contentious and non-contentious matters covering most corporate, insolvency and fiduciary fields including appearing before a wide variety of courts and tribunals worldwide. He has particular expertise and established track record in conducting complex high value cross-border work.

Gregory Dellas
  • Gregory Dellas, CAMS

  • Director Wealth & Markets Division
  • Bank of Cyprus Ltd
  • Chair ACAMS Cyprus Chapter
  • Cyprus


Gregory currently leads the Wealth & Markets Division of the Bank of Cyprus. In the past, Gregory worked with Coopers and Lybrand in Nicosia and held various managerial positions in Cyprus Popular Bank and Bank of Cyprus. He has extensive experience in Wealth Management, in the areas of client advisory and portfolio management, custody and operations. He led the setting up of boutique Private Banking units in the UK and Romania and also served as the Money Laundering Compliance Officer (Group MLCO), responsible for the AML function for Cyprus Popular Bank in Cyprus and all its overseas subsidiaries. Before his current position he served as the Manager Compliance Risk Management for the International Banking, Wealth & Markets Division of the Bank of Cyprus and was responsible for high risk client on-boarding and for providing guidance and training to the management and staff, on AML and regulatory Compliance matters. He holds a BSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick and an MBA from Lancaster University, in the UK, he is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a certified CAMS instructor, a fellow of ICA and a professional member AMLP in the UK and Transparency International (CY). Gregory also participated as a delegate and a speaker in international conferences and webinars and currently also serves as Chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter.

Stelios Georgakis
  • Stelios Georgakis

  • Assistant Director, Supervision Division
  • Central Bank of Cyprus
  • Cyprus


Stelios joined the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in the UK. He has worked in various positions in the Accounting Services and Payments Departments of the CBC. In January 2013 he became the Head of the Licensing and Regulatory Compliance Section of the Supervision Division. As such, he negotiated the AML action plan with the Troika relating to the banking sector and oversaw its successful implementation. Currently he leads the CBC sector that is responsible for the On-Site Inspections, the AML/CFT supervision and the prudential supervision of credit, payment and e-money institutions that fall outside the scope of the SSM. Stelios also holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Civil Engineering and an MBA.

Harris Georgiades
  • Harris Georgiades

  • Minister of Finance
  • Cyprus Ministry of Finance
  • Cyprus


Harris Georgiades was appointed Minister of Finance of Cyprus on 3 April 2013 by President Nicos Anastasiades. He was elected as a Member of the Parliament with the Democratic Rally in May 2011 and served as a Member of the Committee of Financial and Budgetary Affairs, the Watchdog Committee and the Committee of Communications and Public Works. He has served as Chairman of the Democratic Rally Young Graduates and as Director of the Democratic Rally President’s Office. During 2009-2013 he served as press spokesman of the Democratic Rally and was also the Deputy Head of the Economic Policy of the Party. He has also been professionally involved in the tourism sector. Georgiades studied Economics and International Relations and European Studies at the University of Reading, UK.

John Karantzis
  • John Karantzis

  • Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer
  • iSignthis
  • Australia


John is the founder and Managing Director/CEO of Australian Securities Exchange listed iSignthis Ltd (ASX : ISX).

John holds qualifications in engineering (University of Western Australia), law, and business (University of Melbourne), with a broad understanding of international regulatory regimes as they relate to payments, money laundering and identity.

John has over 20 years’ experience across a number of sectors including payments, online media, AML, defence and secure communications. In particular, John’s experience includes application of technology to assist with remote enhanced due diligence, across a number of FATF legislative model jurisdictions.

Areas of relevant expertise include the identity verification requirements for eIDAS, 3AMLD, 4AMLD, JMLSG and CySec.

John has previously been Managing Director/CEO of Australian Securities Exchange publicly traded ReelTime Media Ltd (ASX : RMA) and Director/CEO of Data & Commerce Ltd (ASX : PNW).

Marie Lundberg
  • Marie Lundberg

  • Head of Forensic Services
  • Transcendent Group
  • Sweden


Marie Lundberg is head of Forensic Services at Transcendent Group. Marie has more than 20 years of experience within the Financial Sector, including Investment firms, large Internet Banks, traditional banking and Payment Service Providers. Her area of expertise includes anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, customer due diligence and counter terrorism financing. She is a firm believer of using analytics and the importance of knowing and understanding your data to help combat financial crime, as one of many other tools. Marie has extensive international experience, working mainly in the Nordics and Europe. Marie is also co-chair and founding member of ACAMS Nordics Chapter.

Andy McDonald
  • Andy McDonald

  • Detective Superintendent, SO15- Counter Terrorism Command
  • London Metropolitan Police
  • UK


Detective Superintendent Andy McDonald joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986, direct from University. He has extensive overt and covert investigative experience in all ranks as a detective and Financial Investigator, where he has led a number of high profile fraud, money laundering and organised crime investigations.

Following a significant period in covert operations, he returned to the MPS Serious and Organised Crime Command where he was Head of the MPS Fraud Investigation and Prevention, Arts and Antiques and the Gaming Unit. He designed, negotiated funding and implemented the new MPS Fraud and Cyber crime operating model – Operation FALCON.

As part of his Masters studies, Andy undertook and achieved the MBA qualification through Strathclyde University (SGBS). His dissertation explored the effects of constant technological and legal changes to client relationships in bespoke areas of the regulated sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.

Since 2014, Andy has held Command positions in Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command where he is the current Head of Specialist Investigations. His portfolio includes the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU) and Joint Border Force cash seizure teams.

Rick McDonell
  • Rick McDonell

  • Executive Director
  • Former Executive Secretary
  • Financial Action Task Force (FATF)


Mr. McDonell was the Executive Secretary of the FATF from 2007 – 2015. Among the many accomplishments at the FATF was the negotiation and approval of the revised FATF Standards, the development of a new, standardized assessment “methodology” for the global FATF network and the start of a new round of FATF mutual evaluations. The new focus of evaluation now extends beyond the technical implementation of FATF standards to examine their actual effectiveness —a dramatic change, which has enabled the strength of AML regimes to be clearly determined. During this period, the FATF Global Network was expanded to nine FATF‐Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs) comprising over 190 countries. Mr. McDonell managed and supervised the FATF’s new fourth-round mutual evaluation program and was the lead for the first evaluation under this new methodology (Spain).

Prior to FATF, Mr. McDonell he worked for the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC), where he was Chief of the UN Global Programme on Money Laundering. In addition, he was the Founder and First Executive Secretary of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) established in 1998. From 1995 to 1997, he was the Head of the FATF Asia Secretariat, which was the forerunner of the APG.

With over 40 years of experience, Mr. McDonell is a lawyer by training and has had extensive experience as a federal prosecutor and in conducting complex investigations including being in charge of many multidisciplinary investigation Task Forces into organised crime cases both nationally and internationally. He also has had experience in private legal practice and as a university lecturer.

Nassos Paltayian
  • Nassos Paltayian, CAMS

  • Head of Compliance
  • Abacus Limited
  • Cyprus


Mr. Paltayian started his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditor for Financial Services companies where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Then moved to Abacus Limited in 2009 as a portfolio manager. Since 2013 he moved to the compliance department of the firm. In 2014 he became an ACAMS member and subsequently CAMS certified.

During 2015 InfoSec functions moved under the umbrella of the Compliance Department. Nassos was appointed Information Security Officer while simultaneously heading the Compliance Department.

He gave a number of presentations on the subjects in Cyprus and London (12th ACAMS Annual EU Conference).

Nassos is very passionate about his profession and takes every opportunity to increase public awareness on Compliance & Cybersecurity matters. He is also a founding member and Vice chair of the ACAMS Cyprus chapter, Vice chair of the ICPAC Compliance committee and Leading the DNFBP module in the National Risk Assessment.

Ričardas Pocius
  • Ričardas Pocius

  • Director, Global Investigations
  • Western Union
  • Lithuania


Throughout his career at the Police among other positions he had been working at the Interpol Lithuanian National Bureau (1992-1996; 1999); Head of National Drug Control Unit (1996-1997); Representative of Ministry of Interior to the European Communities in Brussels and Liaison Officer for Benelux countries (1999-2003); and Head of Information Analysis Board of Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau (2003-2010).

Ricardas Pocius has been also involved in National and International Police training on subjects like International Police Cooperation, Strategic and Operational Analysis and Threat Assessment throughout his career.

After retirement on 2010, Ricardas Pocius has started to work at the Global Investigations Department of Western Union where his is currently employed.

Eva Rossidou-Papakyriacou
  • Eva Rossidou-Papakyriacou

  • Head of Cyprus
  • Unit for Combating Money Laundering (MOKAS)
  • Cyprus


Eva Rossidou Papakyriacou is a lawyer, worked for a number of years in the private sector and since 1990 joined the Office of the Attorney General. She holds the position of the Attorney of the Republic and is the Head of the Cyprus FIU since its establishment in 1997.

She is the Head of the Cyprus Delegation to Moneyval Committee of the Council of Europe and represents Cyprus in the FIU-Platform, E.U. and the Egmont Group of FIUs.

  • Samantha Sheen, CAMS

  • Europe AML Director


Samantha Sheen is a financial crime risk professional who recently completed work with a global insurer based in Milan, Italy, where she focused on enhancing its financial crime measures across offices in three continents. Sheen previously worked as the inaugural director of the Financial Crime Division for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. She joined the Commission in 2010 as its first legal counsel. Prior to joining the Commission, Sheen worked as legal counsel for various financial companies both in Canada and Australia. While in Sydney, Australia, Sheen worked with a large accountancy firm in its compliance advisory team before moving to Guernsey. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Sheen started her legal career in Toronto in the late 1990s.

Moreover, Sheen holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration, an LLB and a master’s degree in risk management. She is a member of ACAMS and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies program. Sheen’s particular area of interest is in relation to the effectiveness of risk management and mitigation measures in influencing changes in staff behavior and culture within financial institutions.

Marios Siathas
  • Marios Siathas

  • General Manager
  • EIMF
  • Cyprus


Marios has an extensive experience in executive education, learning and development and consulting. He is currently the General Manager of the European International Institute of Management (CIMF). Before that he worked as the Director of Executive Education at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM) and a Manager of Corporate Training Programmes at the University of Guelph in Canada.

During his long-lasting career in Executive Education, he has gained extensive experience in working with organizations and individuals and in building specialised and unique learning and development solutions for them. He has managed several development projects for large and small companies in Cyprus, Egypt, Austria, Bahrain, Greece, Canada, China, Dubai, and South Africa.

He holds an MBA, a post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training and BSc in Marketing Management. He is a member of the board of Directors of the Institute of Directors Cyprus Chapter, ACAMS, and the CISI and is involved with several business associations and communities.

Theodoros Stavrou
  • Theodoros Stavrou

  • Police Investigator
  • Member of MOKAS


Theodorus Stavrou is an investigator – Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing for MOKAS (Cyprus FIU). – Representative of MOKAS in EUROPOL and Theodoros is MOKAS’ representative in Europol and, and has represented Cyprus at Moneyval plenaries. He was also the project leader on the development of Moneyval’s Typology Research paper on Money Laundering and Counterfeiting. Theodoros has extensive training experience, providing training to professionals including Bank Employees, Money Laundering Compliance Officers, Accountants, Lawyers, Police Officers, Estate Agents, Dealers in Precious Metals and Stones and Money Service Business’ employees on Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Legislation, Directives and Best Practices.

Angelos Tzermiadianos
  • Angelos Tzermiadianos

  • Head of Anti-Money Laundering Section
  • Bank of Greece
  • Greece


Mr Angelos Tzermiadianos has been working for 14 years in the Bank of Greece as a supervisor and is currently the Head of the Anti-Money Laundering Section. He has developed an expertise in key AML/CFT areas, including EU and national legal and regulatory framework, off-site supervision, risk assessments and on-site inspections. He has led a number of on-site inspections not only on AML issues, but also on corporate governance, internal control systems and business model and profitability. He has also participated in a number of national initiatives to tackle tax evasion and corruption, through the use of AML tools.

Mr Tzermiadianos has been a Member of the Greek Financial Intelligence Unit for the last 6 years and has had the oversight of a number of STRs’ analyses, combining supervisory with investigative expertise. He also chairs the Banking Sector Team in the National Risk Assessment project and he is a member of the AML Legislative Committee and an alternate member of the AML/CFT Strategy Committee. He has been representing the Bank of Greece for more than 10 years in international fora and committees, including the Financial Action Task Force and the AML Committee of European Supervisory Authorities. He also contributed under the Greek EU Presidency, in the finalization of the 4th AML Directive and AML Regulation. He holds a bachelor in business administration and a master of science in banking and finance.