AML/BSA 101: Essential Training for Compliance Professionals

Financial institutions of all sizes continually struggle to effectively govern their compliance programs and demonstrate to examiners and auditors that they understand their organization’s risk. Recent enforcement actions are a clear indicator: it’s time for compliance professionals at all levels to get back to the basics. This one-day interactive seminar addresses core international AML practices, obligations to key US regulations, the four pillars of AML/BSA, mandatory elements of a solid compliance program and provides recognized strategies to design an effective risk management program.

Back to Basics—Fortify Your Essential Compliance Skills Through:

  • Learning detailed practical AML principles and skills for immediate application
  • Examining real-life scenarios, engaging in cooperative group exercises and participating in guided discussions
  • Acquiring the skills for implementing proper internal controls and risk management practices, policies and procedures


7:45 AM – 8:45 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks – Meryl Lutsky, New York State Attorney General’s Office
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Exploring the Evolution of Money Laundering and Financial Crime
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Examining The Pillars of AML/BSA Programs Instructors
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Interactive Q&A
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Networking Luncheon
1:15 PM – 3:00 PM Laying a Solid Foundation for your AML Operation with an Effective Risk Assessment Program
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Networking and Refreshment Break
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM Analyzing Key Elements of a Robust AML Program
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Q&A and Closing Remarks


ACAMS Members Non-Members
$595 $695

Registration Closed

CAMS Credits

This seminar is worth 6 CAMS credits.

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Edwin F. Beemer
  • Edwin F. Beemer, APR, CAMS-FCI

  • Principal
  • ComplianceComm

Joe Soniat
  • Joe Soniat, CAMS-FCI

  • Vice President – BSA AML Officer
  • Union Bank and Trust


Joe Soniat is the Director of the Financial Intelligence Team and the BSA/AML Officer at Union Bank and Trust; one of the largest community banking organizations in Virginia. Joe worked as a finance officer for the U.S. government from 2002-04 and also serves on the BSA Coalition Advisory Board, which comprises bankers and regulatory representatives from federal and state agencies throughout the fifth district of the Federal Reserve.