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.

ACAMS Baltics Chapter – Inaugural Estonia Event

The ACAMS Baltics Chapter was launched in September 2017 and is now hosting its first event in Tallinn, Estonia.

Our previous events held in Latvia (Riga) and Lithuania (Vilnius) have raised significant interest. Over 200 AML/CFT professionals from the public and private sectors participated in these gatherings, engaging in discussions about the common challenges faced by the community and possible ways to address them.

The aim of our Inaugural Estonia Event is to bring the Baltics AML/CFT community together, to network and facilitate cross-country collaboration. Places at this exclusive event are complimentary but limited, so please register as soon as possible to reserve your place. Upon arrival at the venue, please make sure to have your registration confirmation handy (on your smartphone or printed), to ease the registration process.


14.00 Arrival of Guests and Registration
14.30 Welcome Remarks and Opening Statements
Alexandre Pinot, ACAMS® Baltics Chapter co-chair and MLRO & Head of Vilnius Office at SONECT, Lithuania
Natasha McDonald, Account Manager – Regional Partnerships at ACAMS Sponsors address: ComplyAdvantage and EY
14.55 Panel 1 Discussion with Q&A Session
Topic – ML & TF challenges and risks in the Baltics

Keynote Speech
John Wilkinson, Partner – Forensics, EY

Panel Moderator:
Janis Kaulins, ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Members and Associate Partner at EY, Latvia

The Panel:
16.00 15 min Coffee Break
16.15 Panel 2 Discussion with Q&A Session
Topic – Possible solutions and risk mitigations measures

Keynote Speeches
Public-private partnership – new panacea while mitigating ML/TF risks? (Lithuanian perspective) – Eglė Kontautaitė, Head of Anti-Money Laundering Division at the Bank of Lithuania

“How can national UBOs registers mitigate the ML & TF risk – the case of Latvia” –  Laima Letiņa, CAMS from Expert at the Latvian National Companies Register

Panel Moderator:
Priit Vuks, ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member

The Panel:
17.30 Closing Remarks
Uldis Upenieks, ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Co-Chair  and Chief Compliance Officer at Citadele Banka, Latvia
17.40 – 18.30 Networking & Cocktails



Anti-Financial Crime Partnerships

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The ACAMS Baltics Chapter is pleased to invite members of the AML/CFT community to our next learning and networking event.

Join us for an afternoon of expert presentations and panel discussions around the two hot topics intra-national public/private cooperation and national registers and technical implementation.


13:00 – 13:30 Registration
13:30 – 13:45 Introductory word by the Chapter co-chairs
13:45 – 14:15 Presentation
Latvian achievements on informal sharing of information, notably through the impulsion of the Latvian Banking association
14:15 – 15:00 Panel discussion
Intra-national public/private cooperation in the Baltics and elsewhere
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 15:45 Presentation
Financial institutions cooperation with national registers & technical implementation
15:45 – 16:30 Panel discussion
National registers overview & technical implementation in the Baltics and elsewhere
16:30 – 16:50 Wrap-up & Closing remarks
16:50 – 18:00 Networking & Cocktails



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

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®
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Co-Chair
Head of EU Office & MLRO, SONECT Europe
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Alexandre is an AML Compliance & financial crime professional with over 9 years of practical experience within the financial services business in various countries across Europe.

Through graduating in international affairs, economics and finance, Alexandre developed his interest towards payments, globally.

He then had the opportunity to sharpen his knowledge of international money transfers, with a focus on AML/CFT, by taking on various compliance-related roles in France, Germany and Lithuania, while being exposed to the ever-evolving regulatory frame around this industry.

He has had the occasion to explore different areas within the AML/CFT sphere, from the onsite audit & oversight part, going through the management of AML/CFT aspects of digital money transfer partnerships (Banks, Mobile Network Operators, Electronic Money Issuers) globally. He has then been building & leading the AML/CFT function of Simplex, a fast-growing FinTech company providing fraud mitigation and payment solutions within the online payment & virtual assets spheres. He is now the MLRO and overseeing the European Union office at SONECT (, a Swiss FinTech.

He is CAMS® certified and ACAMS® member since 2013, a founding member and the co-chair of the ACAMS® Baltics Chapter, since 2017 and ACAMS® AML Certification Instructor since 2017.

Alexandre has conducted over 400 AML/CFT on-site trainings to businesses ranging from retail Telco point-of-sales to foreign exchange offices and international banks and also periodically runs in the internal AML/CFT trainings of the staff, within its current organization.

Priit Vuks

Uldis Upenieks, CAMS®
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Co-Chair
Chief Compliance Officer, Citadele banka AS

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Uldis Upenieks from Citadele Group is responsible for the Compliance Function. Uldis has 20 years’ experience in the financial sector, of which last 18 years he has worked in the banking sector. Since November 2012, Uldis was a Chairman of the Board at IPAS CBL Asset Management. Before that, Uldis Upenieks worked in PrivatBank – as a Board member and as a Head of Internal Audit. Prior to that Uldis was responsible for the Client Oversight Function (2002-2009), and a Vice President and the Deputy Director of the Risk and Compliance Sector (2009.-2011.) at Citadele. Uldis Upenieks holds a master’s degree in business administration, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Riga Technical University and he has studied at Riga Graduate School of Law and has recently completed Corporate Governance course at INSEAD.

Jānis Brazovskis

Jānis Brazovskis, CAMS®, CAMS®-Audit
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member
Member of the Board, Finance Latvia Association

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Phone: + (371) 29 409 605

Jānis Brazovskis is a Board Member of the Finance Latvia Association and Member of the Supervisory Council of TeT. 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 holds a CAMS®-Audit Certification.

Vytautas Danta

Vytautas Danta, CAMS®
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member
Head of Compliance, Swedbank Lithuania

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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-year 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.

Janis Kaulins

Janis Kaulins, CFA, FCCA, CAMS®, CISSP
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member
Associate Partner, EY Baltics SIA

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Janis is an Assistant Director at EY Baltics, leading the Forensic and integrity services service line:

During his 11 years of professional experience in assurance and advisory in the Financial Services industry, Janis served more than two years at EY Luxembourg and five years with another Big 4, leading the Forensic Services in the Baltics as well as the Financial Crime Practice for Central Europe.

  • Certified Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS®), with an Advanced Certification in Audit (CAMS®-Audit)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Andris Nikitins

Andris Nikitins, Dipl.-Ing., MBA, CAMS®
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member
Deputy-Head of Financial Stability Department, Latvijas Banka
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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®
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member
Head of Investigations & STR Reporting, Western Union

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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®
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member
Deputy Head, Financial Intelligence Unit of Latvia

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Sandijs Vectēvs is a Deputy Head of Financial Intelligence Unit of Latvia. 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.

Since 2019 Sandijs has joined Latvian FIU being responsible for financial intelligence issues.

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

Priit Vuks

Priit Vuks, CAMS®
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member
Luminor Bank

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Priit Vuks has worked in the banking industry since 1994, including more than 10 years Swedbank, DNB Bank and Luminor Bank Estonia being responsible for legal and compliance matters incl AML/CFT, anti-bribery and ethics.

Priit Vuks has been 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®).

Liudas Jurkonis

Liudas Jurkonis
ACAMS® Baltics Chapter Board Member
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Liudas has more than 15 years of experience in corporate governance & corporate compliance, risk management & internal controls (including AML/CTF/IS), fraud investigations & compliance audit services gained when working in EY (formerly – Ernst & Young) as a leader of Forensic & Integrity Services’ practice for Baltic region and – currently – as a C-level executive in aviation industry as well as freelance consultant for the ad-hoc projects.

Liudas is a Certified AML specialist (CAMS®), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), certified PRINCE2 project management practitioner and certified corporate governance expert. He is also a PhD candidate in Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (Public administration and specifically – corporate governance in public sector), Master of Political Science (European Studies program) (Vilnius university), Bachelor of Finance (Vilnius University, Faculty of Economics), Member of OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Lecturer in Vilnius university, speaker on various EY’s internal and Client Seminars.

Vjačeslavs Budjakovs

Vjačeslavs Budjakovs, CAMS
Board Member

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).

Dmitrijs Kacanovs, CAMS

Dmitrijs Kacanovs
Board Member

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.