Anti-Financial Crime Symposium – Cyprus

  • When:Wednesday, 7 February 2018
  • Where:Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Venue: Hilton Cyprus,
    98 Archbishop Makarios III Avenue,
    Nicosia, 1077, Cyprus

$150 early bird discount available until 31/12/17!

This full-day event focuses on current challenges being faced by Mediterranean-based organisations and international finance centres (IFCs) as they seek to detect, prevent and disrupt financial crime in their regions.

  • Against a backdrop of industry-wide demand for greater transparency and global cooperation, we’ll consider cross-jurisdictional issues facing IFCs in 2018.
  • Anti-Financial Crime experts from Cyprus and abroad will share their real-life experience of undertaking CDD and ongoing monitoring of complex structures within the investment, insurance and trade sectors.
  • Learn how new AFC regulatory measures (in jurisdictions of strategic importance for IFCs) might impact future customer onboarding and areas of emerging financial crime risk.


7:45 – 8:50 Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:50 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:00 Around the World in 15 Minutes: An AFC Global Update
9:15 Reshaping the AFC Landscape: A Regulatory Update
10:15 – 10:45 Networking and Refreshment Break
10:45 The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Tactics Used to Conceal Beneficial Ownership and How to Overcome Them
11:45 Case Study Session – Anatomy of Cross Border Crime Case
12:45 Overview – Q&A for Morning Sessions
13:00 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 Taking a Second Look: New Challenges and Responses to Economic Sanctions Risks
15:00 – 15:15 Networking and Refreshment Break
15:15 Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Risks and Opportunities of Technology
16:25 Closing Remarks
16:30 – 17:15 Networking Session


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Keynote Discussion

Andy McDonald


Andy McDonald retired from the Metropolitan Police Service in January 2017, after over 30 years’ service. He has extensive overt and covert investigative experience in all ranks as a detective and Financial Investigator, where he 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 current MPS Fraud and Cyber crime operating model – Operation FALCON.

Andy achieved his 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.

Andy completed his last 3 policing years, holding Command positions in Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command where he was Head of Specialist Investigations. His portfolio included the UK National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU) and Joint Border Force cash seizure teams.

Since retiring, Andy has acted as a subject matter expert and speaker for a range of organisations in respect of critical incident management, terrorist funding and illicit finance. He has co-authored and presented on a range of ACAMS webinars.

Rick McDonell
  • Rick McDonell

  • Executive Director


Mr. McDonell was the Executive Secretary of the FATF from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that he worked for the United Nations Office On Drugs and Crime (UNODC), where he was Chief of the UN Global Programme on Money Laundering.

Previously Mr. McDonell established the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering and became its first Executive Secretary. He 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.



Mrs. 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.

Mrs. 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, Mrs. Sheen worked as legal counsel for various financial companies both in Canada and Australia. While in Sydney, Australia, Mrs. Sheen worked with a large accountancy firm in its compliance advisory team before moving to Guernsey. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Mrs. Sheen started her legal career in Toronto in the late 1990s.

Moreover, Mrs. 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. Mrs. 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.

Speaker Faculty

Andreas Anderou


A graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Accounting of the City University of London, Andreas holds a Masters degree, MSc in Shipping Trade and Finance, from the Cass Business School, London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers of the United Kingdom.

Working at Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd, Cyprus since 1990; he currently holds the position of Insurance and Claims Director and is responsible for insurance related matters for all the group companies as well as ship registration and ship sale and purchase projects. As of 2017 he deals with a number of corporate risks such as Data Protection, for which he holds the position of the Group Data Protection Officer (DPO) and Sanctions, supervising the activities of his team of 15 professionals. Since 2008, he has also assumed responsibility for all seafarers’ union and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) matters. He also held the position of Deputy Marketing Director for the five year period of 2008-2013.

Outside of his responsibilities for Columbia, Andreas sits on a number of shipping related committees and boards. He is a participating Member on the Committee of the Norwegian Hull Club, a director on the board of Cyprus International Business Association and Chairman of the Insurance and Legal Committee of Intertanko.

In 2014 he was appointed as a Director of International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) and was re-elected in same position in 2015 and 2017. He participates as a member of the Employers’ negotiating team at the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) central negotiations and in various other national union negotiations.

Alasdair Davidson
  • Alasdair Davidson

  • Partner
  • Bedell Cristin Guernsey Partnership


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.

Professor George Giaglis

John Marsden
  • John Marsden

  • Head of Identity and Fraud Avoidance Europe
  • Equifax


John Marsden is currently Head of Equifax Europe – ID and Fraud Services. Equifax provides data, services and systems to inform application processes. The drive towards automation within strict compliance controls is a challenge which Equifax rise to.

From an early Banking and Business Information background, John has been involved with the hunt for beneficial owners since 2000, producing procedures and service provisions for a range of clients in Top UK Legal before moving to a Credit Reference Agency to specialise in ID and Fraud provisions which often involve the desire for near instant decisioning.

The challenges faced in boarding complex corporate clients is difficult to automate, not least from a data point of view, but moreover, data needs to be as fresh as possible. Manual and Investigative efforts are required to ensure compliance with technology is find relevance within this complex process.

Peter Oakes
  • Peter Oakes

  • Non-Executive Director of Fintech and Regtech


Peter Oakes is financial services expert in the banking, payments, funds, MiFID, fintech, regtech, cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology industries. His subject matter expertise includes anti-financial crime, corporate governance, directors’ duties, data protection and financial services regulations. Peter is the founder of Fintech Ireland and Fintech UK. He is the former Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime at the Irish Central Bank and has worked as a senior regulator in the UK (FSA), Australia (ASIC) and Saudi Arabia (SAMA) and he continues to work with regulators on their supervisory and enforcement strategies. He is a non-executive director of two leading regulated fintech firms – Susquehanna (MiFID) and TransferMate (PSD) and board advisor to a number of fintech and regtech, including Clearsettle (PSD), Corlytics (regulatory intelligence), Ignition Wealth (robo-advisor) and KYCKR (AML / CDD). Peter works with fintech firms seeking licences in Europe and mentors startups. He is a solicitor admitted in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

Borja Pastor
  • Borja Pastor

  • Specialist at AP SUSTRANS
  • Europol Financial Intelligence


Borja Pastor is a specialist in money laundering who works at the Analysis Project Sustrans within the Europol Financial Intelligence.

Before Europol, Borja was in Law Enforcement in Spain. He has been working in the last 10 years as Team Leader in specialized units counter organised crime and money laundering and now, he is sharing his expertise and experience from Europol supporting EU MS.

After being case manager in more than 60 investigations on organised crime, Borja believes that the most effective way of tackling organised crime is to fight against its economic base. According to his experience, investigations focus on dismantling criminal organisations by blocking their financial support have been demonstrated much more effective.

Borja haw also graduated in Law and he has participated in the producing of documents and reports of operational and strategic nature in relation to money laundering, asset recovery and financial investigations for various audiences.

Borja has been awarded multiple times with medals from Guardia Civil and French Gendarmerie.

Yehuda Shaffer
  • Yehuda Shaffer

  • Deputy State Attorney (Financial Enforcement)
  • Justice Ministry

Anna Soloveva


Anna Soloveva joined ACAMS as a Subject Matter Expert in October 2017 from HSBC where she advised the business on international sanctions compliance across all lines of business. Prior to this Anna was an MLRO with a fintech company and held a number of roles at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, including in the bank’s Financial Crime project advisory and its Accountability Mechanism. In her career Anna travelled extensively across CIS and engaged with stakeholders including NGOs, government officials and MDB practitioners on issues of good governance, sustainable development and community access to recourse. Anna holds an LLM, BA Honors and an advanced AML certification.

Moderator Faculty

Elena Frixou
  • Elena Frixou

  • Senior Advisor
  • Association of Cyprus Banks


Elena Frixou is Senior Advisor of the Association of Cyprus Banks, a non-profit professional body representing the interests of the banking industry. Her duties involve internally legal advising, monitoring AML/CFT and regulatory compliance issues and acting as Chair of the relevant committees of the Association. She represents the Association at the European Banking Federation (EBF), as well as the House of Representatives, the Central Bank of Cyprus and other governmental bodies. She is a member of the AML & Financial Crime Committee of the European Banking Federation and represents the Association in the National Advisory Authority for Combating Money Laundering.

Prior to working in the Association, Ms Frixou has been practicing corporate law in a large law firm in Nicosia. She has also delivered a number of training courses in respect of the Cyprus anti-money laundering, companies and investment services laws.

Ms Frixou is a Barrister (member of Gray’s Inn London) and has been admitted to the Bar in Cyprus. She is a holder of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Corporate Commercial Law from King’s College London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies from City University London and a Diploma in Oil and Gas Agreements from the IBC Academy-UK.

Ms Frixou is also a member of the AEDBF Europe (European Association of professionals in the legal aspects of banking, financial and capital market sector) and board member of the Cyprus Chapter of ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists).

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Nassos Paltayian


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.

Closing Remarks

Gregory Dellas


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.

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