Gatekeepers in 2017: Roles and Responsibilities of Law Firms, Accountants and Advisors

  • When: November 17, 2017
  • Time: 12PM – 1PM BST
  • Level: All

Following the revelations brought about with the release of the Panama Papers in May 2016 and the Bahamas papers in September 2016, considerable attention has been paid to “gatekeepers” and “enablers.” In this webinar, we will look at the regulation of the legal and accountancy sectors in Europe and the extent to which they are required to apply AML controls. This webinar will also review the steps taken by these sectors to address the criticism raised against them and the steps being taken by some countries to hold those who enable clients to evade tax, legally accountable.

Learning Objectives

  • Obtaining a broad overview of the AML obligations of gatekeepers and enablers both in the UK and in other European countries
  • Understanding how gatekeepers and enablers can facilitate financial crime and how to spot such activity
  • Learning about the initiatives being undertaken to improve AML compliance in these fields and whether these measures will address areas where improvements are thought to be needed

Who Should Attend

  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • MLROs
  • Financial Crime Compliance Personnel
  • Government Regulators
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Lawyers/Accountants

Region/Industry

  • Global
  • Europe
  • Bank
  • Law Enforcement

Moderator

Samantha-Sheen
  • Samantha Sheen, CAMS

  • Europe AML Director
  • ACAMS

Bio

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.

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