Baltics Chapter


Upcoming Baltics Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Mission Statement

The ACAMS Baltics Chapter is an extension of ACAMS and will support the association in its mission to advance professional knowledge, skills and experience of those dedicated to the prevention, detection and reporting of money laundering, terrorist financing and financial crime globally.

The ACAMS Baltics Chapter for the benefit of society will focus on the following objectives:

  • cultivate the culture of compliance and high standards;
  • contribute to the development and implementation of global AML/CFT standards and best practices;
  • provide a platform for continuous development and professional networking for its members;
  • organise meetings and events for members to have professional discussions, exchange of ideas, share professional experience from both public and private sectors, and to collaborate in combating money laundering, terrorist financing and financial crime, including international corruption;
  • become an effective and relevant resource for all the organisations and institutions exposed to ML/TF risk;
  • provide a Baltic perspective on regional and international standards and practices in detecting and preventing money laundering, terrorist financing and sanction-related risks.

Upcoming Baltics Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

FinTech & AML/CTF
Emerging Risks and Opportunities Linked to New Technologies

The European FinTech sector is agile and fast-paced. While FinTechs spend a lot of time developing their innovative products and customer experience, they must also meet AML regulatory requirements and safeguard against financial crime risks – to protect themselves, and their customers.

The ACAMS Baltics Chapter brings together a panel of leading industry experts to discuss AML/CTF requirements and challenges FinTechs are faced with in the Baltics region and how to mitigate the risk.

We’re honoured to have Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania as our keynote speaker. He’ll be joined by AML/CFT professionals from both the private and public sectors as well as FinTechs.


14:00 – 14:30 Registration
14:30 – 14:45 Welcome and introduction
14:45 – 15:05 AML/CFT for FinTech and Cryptocurrencies
15:05 – 15:30 AML/CFT Requirements for FinTechs
15:30 – 16:05 Panel discussion
16:05 – 16:35 Coffee break
16:35 – 17:00 Challenges and Solutions for Mitigating AML/CFT Risks in FinTech
17:00 – 17:45 Panel discussion
17:45 – 17:50 Closing remarks
17:50 – 18:30 Networking

Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018
Time: 14:00 – 18:30 (arrivals & registration 14:00 – 14:30, presentations 14:30 – 17:50, networking 17:50 – 18:30)
Venue: Western Union Processing Lithuania, J J. Balčikonio g. 9, Vilnius 08314, Lithuania

Please note the following important information:

  • Due to building security requirements all attendees must be individually pre-registered
  • All attendees must bring PHOTO ID that matches the name they are registered under to gain entry to the event
  • Substitutions are not permitted
  • Registrations will close at 5pm on Monday, 19 March, or sooner if we reach capacity

ACAMS Baltics Chapter Launch and Gala Networking Reception

The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) is delighted to host a networking reception for the Baltic AML/CTF community, to be held in Riga on 8 November, 2017. The event will also mark the launch of the ACAMS Baltics Chapter.

We are very honoured to have the Minister of Finance for Latvia, Mrs Dana Reizniece-Ozola as the keynote speaker for the launch event. There will also be a panel discussion with AML/CTF experts on the challenges and opportunities in the region.

Attendees are then invited to stay and network over canapes and cocktails.

Places at this exclusive event are complimentary but limited, so please register as soon as possible to reserve your place.

Your colleagues are very welcome to attend, but all attendees must be registered separately, and in advance. For security reasons, no onsite registrations can be accepted.


18:00 – 18:30 Arrival of Guests and Confirmation of Registration
Welcome Cocktail and Canapes
18:30 Welcome
Angela Salter, ACAMS Head of Europe

Keynote Speech
Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia
18:45 Introductory Remarks
Angela Salter, ACAMS Head of Europe
Kaspars Dreimanis, Co-chair, ACAMS Baltics Chapter
Alexandre Pinot, Co-chair, ACAMS Baltics Chapter
Marie Lundberg, Co-Chair, ACAMS Nordics Chapter
19:05 AML Panel Discussion with Q&A Session
  • Marie Lundberg, Co-Chair, ACAMS Nordics Chapter (Moderator)
  • Rick McDonell, ACAMS Executive Director and former Executive Secretary Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and Chief of the Global Programme against Money Laundering (GPML), UNODC
  • Laila Medina, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Republic of Latvia
  • Vytautas Danta, Board Member, ACAMS Baltics Chapter
  • Andris Ņikitins, Board Member, ACAMS Baltics Chapter
  • Anneli Puusepp, Board Member, ACAMS Baltics Chapter
  • Janis Kauliņš, Board Member, ACAMS Baltics Chapter
19:35 Closing Remarks
19:45 – 21:30 Networking Cocktail Reception
Alexandre Pinot

Alexandre Pinot, CAMS

Alexandre Pinot is the Head of Anti-Money Laundering and MLRO at Simplex, a fintech / cyber-security company, focused on fraud prevention in online payments. Previously, he spent the last 7 years with Western Union, taking on various compliance-related roles in France, Germany and Lithuania, where he ultimately oversaw the AML risk review of new digital products (mainly m-Wallets and e-Wallets) prior they would go to market.

He holds a Bachelor in Economics and Finances, from the Montesquieu University of Bordeaux, a Master in French-American International Affairs, from the Institute for Business Administration of Caen and he is CAMS certified since 2013. He has had the chance to attend the two launching events for the France and Germany Chapters in Paris and Frankfurt.

Jānis Brazovskis

Jānis Brazovskis, CAMS
Board Member
Latvian Commercial Banks

Jānis Brazovskis is a Board Member of the Association of Latvian Commercial Banks and Member of the Supervisory Council of Lattelecom. Jānis has extensive experience in legal affairs, authorization and prudential supervision of financial institutions.

Prior to joining Association, Jānis worked as a Deputy Chairman of the Financial and Capital Market Commission of Latvia (financial regulatory authority). He was primarily responsible for legal, including AML/CFT, issues and licensing of financial institutions.

Jānis got his law degree at the University of Latvia and is certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist (CAMS).

Phone: + (371) 29 409 605

Vjačeslavs Budjakovs

Vjačeslavs Budjakovs, CAMS
Board Member
Rietumu Bank, Latvia

Vjačeslavs Budjakovs is Head of AML projects group in JSC Rietumu Bank. In his role he is responsible for new Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter-Terrorist Financing (CTF) requirements implementation and for AML/CTF initiatives and projects to meet regulatory obligations. He also is involved in developing of Bank’s internal AML/CTF IT systems. He has a Master of Law degree and Certification of Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Vytautas Danta

Vytautas Danta

Vytautas Danta holds the position of Head of Compliance Lithuania at Swedbank and responsible for the compliance function tasks in Lithuania.

Vytautas Danta has more than 10 years experience in compliance, including AML/CFT field in banking. Before joining Swedbank Vytautas Danta was Head of Compliance Lithuania at DNB and before moving to the financial sector he worked at Lithuanian tax authorities. He has master degree in the field of law and is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

From the year 2012 he is also Chairman of the Compliance Committee of Lithuanian Banking Association. On the period 2012- 2017 Vytautas Danta was a member of the Legal Committee of the European Banking Federation.

Dmitrijs Kacanovs, CAMS

Dmitrijs Kacanovs
Board Member
Dukascopy Payments Ltd

Dmitrijs Kacanovs is a Member of the Board of electronic money institution Dukascopy Payments Ltd. and a senior legal counsel of Dukascopy Swiss Banking Group. Dmitrijs is specilised in international financial and banking law, in anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing regulation (AML/CTF) and personal data protection. Dmitrijs has more than 8 years’ experience in FinTech in different projects (financial instruments trading platforms, automated trading and robo-advisors, electronic money, etc.) Dmitrijs is a certified specialist (CAMS) and a member of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). Dmitrijs is a chairman of the Association of Latvian payment service providers and electronic money institutions (LMENA). As the chairman of LMENA Dmitrijs with his colleagues represents interests of the association member’s in government institutions. Dmitrijs has actively participated in Financial sectors development plan 2017-2019 (FSAP) working groups. Dmitrijs actively participates in different working groups related to implementation of AMLD4, PSD2 and GDPR in Latvian legislative acts.

Mait Kaselo

Mait Kaselo, CAMS
Head of the AML department
Tallinn Business Bank Ltd

Mait Kaselo is the Head of the AML department of the Tallinn Business Bank Ltd.

Before current position Mait Kaselo worked as the Head of Security and AML Compliance officer at AS Eesti Krediidipank (currently Coop Pank AS). As the head of the unit he was responsible for keeping the bank`s AML policies and reglements up to date, managing the monitoring activities and communicating with supervisory and FIU.

Mait Kaselo has a 15 years of experience on AML compliance field in banking. Before moving to financial sector he worked in the Estonian Police internal control department. He is graduated from the Estonian Police Academy and has completed his education in the field of law in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (Tallinn, Estonia).

On the period 2013- 2016 he was the leader of the AML work group of Estonian Banking Association and a member of the AML Committee of the European Banking Federation.

Mait Kaselo is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), certification issued by ACAMS. He is also an active lecturer of AML trainings and an instructor of security and crisis trainings (based on YourPower concept, Switzerland).

Janis Kaulins

Janis Kaulins CFA, FCCA, CAMS, CISSP
Board Member
Deloitte Forensic

AML, Sanctions & Financial Crime Leader – Central Europe

Janis is an Assistant Director in Deloitte Central Europe, leading the Forensic, Risk & Regulatory and Digital & Analytics service lines:

  • 9+ years of professional experience in financial services industry
  • including 2+ years of financial/internal controls/compliance audit experience in Luxembourg
  • former Head of Department at a European banking group
  • liberal arts education (econ-math & psych), with great honors, Lawrence University, USA

Andris Nikitins

Andris Nikitins, Dipl.-Ing., MBA, CAMS
Board Member
Latvijas Banka

Andris Nikitins is a deputy head of the Financial stability department of Latvijas Banka, the central bank of Latvia. His responsibilities includes management of the non-bank financial sector macro-prudential analysis and providing of consultancy to the Ministry of Finance and the Financial and Capital Market Commission of Latvia in AML/CFT matters.

Before joining Latvijas Banka, Andris since 1992 held several positions in banking and insurance. He has experience in operational risk management and compliance.

Andris has a degree in radio engineering and holds a MBA from the Riga Technical university. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a certification from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).


Rusne Valaikiene

Rusne Valaikiene, CAMS
Board Member
Western Union

Rusne Valaikiene is an experienced AML Director for leading money transfer company, Western Union, UAB Lithuania. She is responsible for Global Analytics, Investigations and reporting group in Vilnius.

Rusne has joined Western Union in 2010 and in her tenure has been responsible for operations in Sanctions, Know Your Customer, Customer On Boarding and Fraud prevention sections of Financial Crimes and Compliance unit of Western Union.

Before joining Western Union, Rusne has spent 15 years in Information Technology sector working in the companies such as Honeywell, Inc. and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp).

Rusne Valaikiene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with major in Management Information Systems from California State University, Fullerton. She graduated with Honors and has been a recipient of numerous scholarships. Rusne has been CAMS certified since 2012.

Sandijs Vectevs

Sandijs Vectēvs, CAMS
Board Member
Head of AML, SEB Bank, Latvia

Sandijs Vectēvs is the Head of AML at SEB Bank.

He has been working in the banking industry since 2004 over the years being responsible for various compliance matters like anti-money laundering, enforcement of international sanctions, ethics and anti-bribery etc. Now Sandijs is managing the AML unit in Latvian SEB Bank.

Sandijs graduated Latvian University and has a master degree in Law and he is a certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist (CAMS).

Priit Vuks

Mr. Priit Vuks, CAMS
Luminor Bank

Mr. Vuks has worked in the banking industry since 1994, including more than 10 years with Swedbank group in Estonia as a lawyer and head of a legal department. In 2006 he joined DNB Estonia as head of legal, moving in 2010 to be a Head of Compliance responsible for AML/CFT, anti-bribery, ethics etc. Since October 2017 with the merger of DNB and Nordea Baltic entities, he became a Head of Compliance for Luminor Bank Estonia.

Mr/ Vuks is a member of the AML, Compliance and data protection working groups of the Estonian Banking Association. He has a law degree from Tartu Univeristy’s Institute of Law and is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).