Cyprus Chapter


Upcoming Event

  • Mid-Year Sanctions Review on Major Developments and Future Trends
  • July 8, 2020
  • Presentation: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EEST
  • Virtual Event
  • 1 CAMS Credits
    * only active Cyprus Chapter members will receive the 1 CAMS Credit upon attendance of the full event
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Mission Statement

ACAMS Cyprus Chapter is intended to provide a platform for AML and general compliance professionals in Cyprus, across all industries and professional practices, regulators and law enforcement, for the enhancement of knowledge, personal development and exchange of experiences and expertise on anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing. ACAMS Cyprus Chapter welcomes those interested in enhancing their AFC knowledge, even if they are not currently practicing in a relevant role.

ACAMS Cyprus Chapter’s vision is to offer an environment that facilitates networking amongst members, encourages its members to speak up and express their ideas and concerns and start thinking outside the box. It envisages discussion to identify practical solutions to aid the implementation of the various provisions of the relevant regulations and related directives, within the framework of required professional and ethical standards. ACAMS Cyprus Chapter aims to achieve these goals by organising specialised training events to facilitate learning and education, thus supporting ACAMS in its general mission, which is to support and advance the knowledge and skills of the Cyprus AML and financial compliance community.

Cyprus Chapter Chair Gregory Dellas interviewed by Gold Magazine

ACAMS Cyprus Chapter in GOLD – The Business Magazine of Cyprus

  • Mid-Year Sanctions Review on Major Developments and Future Trends
  • July 8, 2020
  • Presentation: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EEST
  • Virtual Event
  • 1 CAMS Credits
    * only active Cyprus Chapter members will receive the 1 CAMS Credit upon attendance of the full event

Register Now

Mid-Year Sanctions Review on Major Developments and Future Trends

– Current state of play in respect to China, Russia, Venezuela, Iran and the wider Middle East
– Cross industry compliance implications arising from the new maritime advisory
– Mid-year review of enforcement trends and key takeaways for US and non-US persons


Gregory Dellas
Chief Compliance and Innovation Officer, ECOMMBX Ltd, Chair ACAMS Cyprus Chapter – Moderator

Justine Walker
Head of Global Sanctions and Risk at ACAMS

Samuel Cousins
Sanctions and Risk Associate at ACAMS

Please Note:
*only active Cyprus Chapter members will receive the credit upon attendance of the entire event. ACAMS members who become Cyprus Chapter members within 1 month of the event will also receive the 1 ACAMS credit.

Event supported by ECOMMBX


Managing Financial Crime & Correspondent Relationships Risk in the 21st Century

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Financial crime risks and regulations continue to change, making it challenging for banks, financial services firms, senior executives and compliance professionals to keep pace with evolving standards, implement best practice and manage risk effectively.

As COVID-19’s impact is realized, numerous examples of fraudulent scams are also taking shape and Financial Institutions should expect significant increases in financial crime and fraudulent activity given the history of prolific fraud, corruption and money-laundering exploiting potential weaknesses during times of global crisis.

As part of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter’s ongoing development and capacity building agenda in Cyprus, Exiger is pleased to present this session on key issues and best practices in financial crime compliance and investigations. The discussion will cover issues including:

  • Prevailing financial crime risks including in correspondent banking and trade finance, including a surge in financial crime risks relating to COVID 19
  • Preparing for spikes in demand for quick and effective KYC, PEP/Sanctions screening, adverse media reviews, and other financial crime-related due diligence
  • Global trends, legal and regulatory issues, standards and best practices
  • Maintaining strategic relationships with correspondent banks
  • Effective remediation
  • Conducting effective internal investigations, engaging in regulator-led investigations, and managing cross-border risk
  • Using data analytics and technology to analyse and report financial crime more efficiently
  • Case studies and discussion

Join Exiger’s Jason Holt, London-based Managing Director and EMEA Regional Leader for an engaging discussion to help you understand and manage financial crime risks including correspondent banking and trade finance.


Jason Holt
Managing Director and EMEA Regional Leader, Exiger

Jason Holt has over 25 years of FCC leadership experience of leading the fight against financial crime. A key focus in these roles has been the financial crimes risk management of correspondent banking including: risk assessment, investigations, transaction monitoring, policies and procedures. Jason has been an advocate for change to the legal and regulatory environment as well as an active member in noteworthy organizations including the Wolfsberg Group, the U.K’s Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Task Force and, most recently, the Centre for European Studies Task Force looking at money laundering in the EU. Jason is currently a Managing Director and the EMEA Regional Lead at Exiger, which is committed to making the world a safer place to do business through more effective and efficient management of financial crimes risk, bringing the best technology and FCC experts together.

Samar Pratt, CAMS
Managing Director at Exiger and ACAMS UK Chapter Vice-Chair

Gregory Dellas, CAMS-Audit
Chief Compliance and Innovation Officer at Ecommbx Ltd and ACAMS Cyprus Chapter Chair



How to hide €4 billion: Shell companies, International Financial Centres and the OneCoin saga.


Samantha Sheen, Founder and Managing Director, Exante Advisory Ltd

Samantha Sheen is a much-loved regular presenter of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter, a financial crime prevention leader, Founder and Managing Director of Exante Advisory Ltd. Samantha will be in Cyprus to discuss the issues presented when dealing with shell companies and international financial centres by taking a deep dive into the case of OneCoin. This practical and informative session will be followed by a networking cocktail



A 360° view on FUNDS DUE DILIGENCE – practical due diligence tips for investment funds, and financial institutions transacting with them

ACAMS Cyprus Chapter presents its next exciting networking/learning event in Nicosia, sponsored by Berlin Risk. Jennifer Hanley-Giersch will speak about investment funds due diligence and will discuss how financial and other institutions perform their due diligence when dealing and transacting with investment funds.

The event is sponsored by Berlin Risk (

Berlin Risk


Jennifer Hanley-Giersch

Jennifer Hanley-Giersch, Managing Partner, Berlin Risk Ltd

Jennifer is a co-founder and managing partner of Berlin Risk. She has been working in investigations and anti-financial crime for eighteen years and is a Certified AntiMoney Laundering Specialist and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Jennifer was awarded the CAMS Audit Certificate in 2019 for which she published a White Paper on Managing Reputational Risk.

Jennifer has been working in due diligence investigations for twenty years. During this time she has worked on a wide range of complex assignments world-wide. Over the past ten years she has also provided anti-financial crime advisory projects to financial institutions seeking to implement best practices and meet regulatory requirements in their respective organisations .

Jennifer is an author of the recently published RegTech Book where she has contributed to the international discussion on anti-financial crime and regulatory technology with particular focus on KYC. She has also been involved in various risk assessment and remediation projects.

Jennifer has a track record in developing industry standards and methods in the area of customer due diligence as well as tools for risk analysis and the assessment of reputational and integrity issues. She is is also a member of the Deutsches Institut für Compliance (DICO) working group for AML in the non-financial sector and also for the development of integrity due diligence and KYC compliance standards.

Since 2008, Jennifer has been a regular contributor and steering group member at ACAMS Today and a designated ACAMS instructor. She is a founding member and board member of the ACAMS Germany Chapter ( Since 2008 Jennifer has published widely on compliance topics relating to financial crime issues. Jennifer speaks fluent English, Italian, German, and has a good understanding of French and Spanish.

Getting risk based due diligence right, common pit falls, and the role of financial services firms in monitoring unusual or suspicious transactions

The ACAMS Cyprus Chapter completed yet another successful event on 19 March 2019 at Hellenic Bank’s Headoffices in Nicosia. 

Gregory Dellas, Chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter, welcomed participants, introduced the main presenter and talked about the importance of continuous learning. He also welcomed and thanked the supporters of the event, EIMF, and also thanked the sponsors, Hellenic Bank. The General Manager, EIMF and the Head Compliance of Hellenic Bank, welcomed participants to the event.

Jamilia Parry, Managing Director of FTI Consulting in the UK presented on getting risk based due diligence right, common pit falls, and the role of financial services firms in monitoring unusual or suspicious transactions.

The admittedly excellent presentation was attended by a full house of over 120 senior AML compliance professionals and enthusiasts, as well as regulators. Following the event, there was a raffle for one ACAMS certificate followed by a networking cocktail courtesy of Hellenic Bank, the event’s sponsor.

Fool me once… A look at how criminals try to misuse International Financial Centres (IFCs) and what compliance professionals need to know to prevent this

Ahead of the 3rd ACAMS Anti-Financial Crime Symposium, the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter organised another every successful event in Nicosia on 5 February 2019. The event, which attracted over 110 AML professionals and enthusiasts, as well as regulators from Cyprus and abroad, was hosted at the Bank of Cyprus Head Office in Nicosia.

  • vulnerabilities of IFCs and how they are misused
  • a detailed case analysis of 1MDB
  • practical tips on avoiding such issues in the future
  • addressing challenges of working with only "part of the story" when conducting CDD on complex structures


Samantha Sheen

Samantha Sheen
Ex Ante Advisory Ltd (until recently AML Director Europe, ACAMS)

Samantha Sheen is an anti-financial crime risk professional, who served as AML Director Europe for ACAMS from 2016 – 2018. Samantha has worked in both the public and private sectors on a variety of anti-financial crime projects and activities. Samantha’s career has afforded her opportunity to work with global financial institutions and regulators from different jurisdictions. She holds a variety of qualifications including CAMS, and a master’s degree in business, specialising in risk management.

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Special Networking Event

A truly festive event was organised by the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter Board in Nicosia on 13 December. The event marked the Chapter’s 3rd birthday and was a great opportunity for members to network and exchange ideas and experiences on a number of current issues at a remarkable venue in Nicosia! A number of regulators joined including representatives from the Central Bank of Cyprus, CySec, ICPAC, the Cyprus Bar Association and the National Betting Authority. Also, the Chief Compliance officers of all the main banks were present as well as compliance officers from all the relevant industries and a number of speakers from previous Chapter events.

The event was supposed to run 6-9pm but it went on for almost 5 hours, ending just before 11pm!

Tackling International Sanctions: An expert view

A full-house at the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter event on 13 November 2018 in Nicosia -“Tackling International Sanctions: An expert view”! The event started with a warm welcome from the Chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter, Gregory Dellas, and Erik Hammer, Head of Sales for MENA on behalf of the sponsors of the evening, Thomson Reuters. Alan Kartashkin and Carl Micarelli from Debevoise & Plimpton Russia and the US, respectively, presented their views on the latest challenges of the US and EU sanctions regimes and Christophoros Perikleous, RCB Bank and member of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter Board, presented his practical insights on tackling the challenges through exercises and a recent case study.

After a vivid Q&A session, there was a raffle amongst attendees for an ACAMS Certificate and the event closed with a networking cocktail.

Cryptos, Blockchain & AML – Moderated by Nassos Paltayian

Session 1 – Dr Theodosis Mourouzis “Demystifying Blockchain” 30 minutes which will also touch on crypto characteristics.
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Session 2 – Mr Chrysostomos Filippou “Applications of the Blockchain Tech on AML industry” 30 minutes.
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The 2 sessions will follow a 30-60 minutes Q&A session whereby all participants will be able to ask any question.

Details on the two speakers can be found on the website of the Cyprus Blockchain Technologies Centre:


Dr Theodosis Mourouzis
Demystifying Blockchain” 30 minutes which will also touch on crypto characteristics

Mr Chrysostomos Filippou
Applications of the Blockchain Tech on AML industry” 30 minutes.

This was sponsored by RCB Bank Ltd.

Up Close and Personal: PEPs, their friends and Close Associates – Recent Bribery and Corruption Cases and Lessons to Learn from Them

“And…this is how we do it in Cyprus:

With over 100 registered attendees the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter marked it’s 2nd anniversary with a very interesting and exciting presentation by Samantha Sheen, and a networking cocktail to follow, sponsored by the Cyprus Cooperative Bank.

Sam’s presentation was titled Up Close and Personal: PEPs, their friends and Close Associates – Recent Bribery and Corruption Cases and Lessons to Learn from Them.

Even though Samantha’s flight arrangements did not work to our favour and she was “not so close” but rather stuck in Vienna airport for a few hours, the presentation went ahead as scheduled and was successfully done via WebEx. Samantha was once again witty, practical and captivating. She explained the difficulty in identifying the close associates of PEPs and presented the audience with some really practical examples.

At the end of the session the Chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter, Gregory Dellas, the evening’s moderator, briefly presented ACAMS’ new eCertificates one of which was raffled and won by one lucky attendee.”

General Data Protection Regulation

The ACAMS Cyprus Chapter organised another great event at the Bank of Cyprus Head Office in Nicosia, exclusive for Chapter members, on the 13 September 2017. The keynote speaker was the Commissioner for Data Protection, Cyprus, Ms Irene Loizidou Nikolaides, who was kind enough to present on the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation, a very interesting and current topic. Attendees had the opportunity to ask a number of questions as regards the implementation of the regulation in relation to AML, MIFID etc. The event was moderated by Mr George Pelaghias, CAMS, Chapter Board member. The Chapter Chair, Mr Gregory Dellas, in his closing remarks, updated members on future Chapter events and introduced ACAMS’ new range of e-certificates, one of which was raffled courtesy of ACAMS Europe. The event was followed by a networking cocktail, courtesy of the sponsor of the evening, iSPIRAL IT Solutions.

The ABC of Ethical Conduct with Petros Florides

A different type of event was organized by the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter in Nicosia on 26th April 2017. Mr Petros Florides presented “The ABC of Ethical Conduct”, a workshop that aimed at providing attendees with information and tools to understand the components of “attitude”, “behavior” and “culture” as well as an understanding of their impact on ethical conduct. The workshop included examples of where integrity has gone wrong in the worlds of sport, politics and financial services as well as real-life case study scenarios on several topics.

During his introductory statement, Mr Nassos Paltayan, Vice-Chair of the Cyprus Chapter and Head Compliance at Abacus Ltd, the evening’s sponsor, talked about the importance of ethics in the today’s business environment and introduced the new eCertificates of ACAMS.

Marios Siathas, General Manager of EIMF (ACAMS’ training partner in Cyprus) provided some information on ACAMS membership, the revised version of the CAMS certification and the upcoming live prep classes that will take place in Nicosia in early May.

The event was attended by a large number of AML, Compliance and Risk professionals.

Sanctions Screening: A practical Perspective

Over 100 AML Compliance professionals attended the latest ACAMS Cyprus Chapter event in Nicosia on 13 October 2016. Samantha Sheen, Director AML Europe for ACAMS gave a very interesting presentation on Sanctions Screening: A Practical Perspective. The event was sponsored by Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) Ltd, and marked the sixth successful learning and networking event of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter in less than a year after its launch. Christoforos Livadiotis, Board member of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter and Head Compliance at Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) Ltd, as well as Marios Siathas, General Manager of EIMF, the local training partner of ACAMS, both addressed the event. Attendees had the opportunity to network after the event, during a cocktail reception.

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Cybercrime and AML

On 14 June 2016, the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter hosted yet another great event, exclusive to Chapter members. The event took place in Nicosia and AML Compliance professionals from Cyprus had the opportunity to network and attend a very interesting presentation from a cyber security specialist, Mr Constantinos Marangos of EY. Mr Marangos highlighted the importance of Cyber security and the adverse effects that can be brought about by a cyber attack by providing examples and discussing possible preventive mechanisms.

Nassos Paltayan, one of the Chapter’s Vice Chairs, also discussed Cybercrime and its relevance to a successful AML programme.

Gregory Dellas, Chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter and Charalambos Anastasiades, Vice-Chair, also shared their experiences and key takeaways from their attendance at the 12th ACAMS AML and Financial Crime Conference Europe which took place between 23-25 May in London.

The ACAMS Cyprus Chapter is already planning more events for the months ahead. To become a member of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter and attend the events or for more information please email

The ACAMS Cyprus Chapter Board meets John Horan

On Monday, 30th May 2016, the Members of the Board of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) Cyprus Chapter had the opportunity and pleasure to meet with John Horan, of the Maze Investigations Compliance and Training (MICT) Ltd, during a learning and networking dinner in Nicosia. John, an expert in compliance solutions specialising in Anti Money Laundering, bribery, corruption and financial crime, was in Cyprus for a two-day seminar hosted the Association of Cyprus Banks, on bribery and corruption. 

John and the Members of the Board of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter discussed a number of issues including ways to handle possible bribery and/or corruption scenaria, the 4th EU AML Directive and the risk-based approach in light of local AML regulatory guidance which is continuously becoming stricter and more demanding on financial institutions and professional services firms.

The next ACAMS Cyprus Chapter event will take place in Nicosia on the 14th June, will be exclusive to chapter members and will be on Cybercrime and AML. To join the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter or for more information contact us by email on

An Evening of AML/CTF Networking and a presentation by Holger Pauco-Dirscherl

The ACAMS Cyprus Chapter organised yet another successful event on 17 March 2016 in Nicosia. The event was attended by more than 100 AML Compliance related professionals and regulators and combined an evening of AML/CTF networking with a presentation by Holger Pauco-Dirscherl, CAMS, of UBS Deutschland, also the Co-Chair of the ACAMS Germany Chapter. Holger presented a series of hot topics including Combating Terrorist Financing and Current Sanctions Regimes, he also touched upon upcoming challenges facing the Anti-Financial Crime Sector. Both Gregory Dellas, Bank of Cyprus, Chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter, and Bert Pills, the CEO of Hellenic Bank (sponsor) addressed the event.

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An Evening of AML/CTF Networking and discussion with Douglas Sloan

An Evening of AML/CTF Networking and VIP Presentations

Hosted by the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)

On 4 November 2015 ACAMS launched its Cyprus Chapter and celebrate the introduction of local CAMS training at an evening reception in Nicosia.

Gregory Dellas

Gregory Dellas, CAMS®-Audit
Ecommbx Ltd

Gregory is currently the Chief Compliance & Innovation Officer of ECOMMBX Ltd. Previously he was Director of the Wealth & Markets Division of the Bank of Cyprus. He has extensive experience in AML and regulatory compliance as well as wealth management. In the past, he also served as the Group MLRO for a large Bank in Cyprus and its international subsidiaries. He also served as Manager Compliance Risk Management, leading a number of projects, responsible for high risk client on-boarding and for providing advice and training to management and staff.

He holds a BSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick and an MBA from Lancaster University in the UK. Gregory is a Certified Advanced AML Audit Specialist (CAMS® – Audit), a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS®), a certified CAMS® Instructor, a fellow of the ICA and a member of the AMLP Forum and a number of other professional bodies. He frequently participates as speaker in international conferences, and currently serves as Chair of the ACAMS® Cyprus Chapter.

ACAMS Cyprus Chapter in GOLD – The Business Magazine of Cyprus

Charalambos Anastasiades

Charalambos Anastasiades
CiSero Ltd


Charalambos is a co-owner and a co-Director of CiSero Ltd, a company specializing in providing compliance services in Cyprus. CiSero has provided and continues to provide consultancy and training on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing to financial institutions regulated by the Central Bank of Cyprus and the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission; members of the Cyprus Bar Association, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus and the Cyprus Fiduciary Association as well as to other professionals.

Charalambos expertise includes the design and development of compliance programs, compliance risk assessment and analysis, compliance systems evaluation and compliance training.

Charalambos has an MBA degree from Vanderbilt University and 30 years of work experience of which 23 are in the financial services industry. In addition to working as a Money Laundering Compliance Officer (MLCO), he has worked in the finance, retail and corporate sectors of financial institutions. His extensive experience in compliance ranges from Know-Your-Customer due diligence processes, customer risk assessment and case management to AML compliance program development, implementation and evaluation.

Nassos Paltayian

Nassos Paltayian
Abacus Ltd


In charge of compliance and risk management team. Tasks include Internal processes and manuals maintenance according to regulations and laws, Training of colleagues on AML matters, Sanctions related issues and management, FATCA US and CRS related matters, Review of all information for acceptance of new clients, Internal Auditors liaison, ISO 27001 liaison and in charge of implementation, Representative of Abacus on ICPAC AML committee, Representative of Abacus on CFA AML committee, Leader of module 7 (DNFBPs) of the National Risk Assessment representing ICPAC.

Professional career: 2005 – 2008 PricewaterhopuseCoopers Nicosia (Auditor in Financial Services sector), 2009 – 2013 Abacus Limited (Client portfolio manager), 2014 – today Abacus Limited (Head of Compliance)

Academic and professional qualifications/memberships: The English School Nicosia leaver (2000), National Guard – Special Forces (2002), BA Accounting and Finance (2005), ICAEW member (2008), ICPAC member (2009), ACAMS member (2014), CAMS certified (2015).

Christoforos Livadiotis
Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) Ltd

Christoforos is the Head of Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) of Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) Ltd. His role is to provide independent oversight of the management of the Bank’s compliance with laws, regulations, guidelines and internal policies/procedures relevant to the activities of the Bank, including but not limited to AML.

Prior to joining Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) Ltd, Christoforos worked as a financial analyst/investigator in the Cyprus Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) MOKAS, where he was responsible for local and international money laundering cases.

Christoforos holds a BSc from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Accounting with Management and an MSc from the University of Reading – ISMA Centre Business School in International Securities Investment and Banking (ISIB).

Avraam P Demetriou

Avraam P. Demetriou
Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltd

Avraam, joined Barclays Bank in June 1990. Due to previous high-ranked positions in the Hotel Industry, immediately had been appointed as branch manager in Limassol. Two years later was transferred to Nicosia, again as branch manager. In 1996 after takeover of Barclays by Hellenic Bank, he was selected and appointed as one of the first Business Development Officers. In 2002, he received a new appointment in a special re-engineering team under the supervision of the CEO. Later on he undertook the position of Head of Credit Administration and Marketing Manager in Hellenic Bank Finance. This position included supervision of 45 people throughout Cyprus, approving finance loans, implementing procedures and systems in credit approvals and monitoring.

Seven years later, in 2011 there was a new appointment to Group Compliance Unit. Avraam held the position of the Head of Regulatory Department until 2015. This included several duties, interpretation of legislations, communication with different departments of the Bank, implementation of legal requirements but also requirements from Regulator’s Directives. Among other many duties, in March 2013 Avraam has taken the intermediation between RM Committee (Restrictive measures committee at Central Bank of Cyprus) and the rest of the Bank (branches etc.), upon applying the relevant law. As of June 2015 he received a new appointment under the current duties as above.

Eirini Panagiotou

Eirini Panagiotou
Omega Funds Investment Ltd

Eirini is the AML & Compliance Manager of Omega Funds Investment Ltd, a regulated EU investment firm in Limassol, Cyprus. Previously, she served as a legal officer and AMLCO of Banque SBA, Cyprus, part of Banque Libano-Francaise Financial Group.

Eirini has been involved in the AML field since 2013 and obtained considerable knowledge and experience on compliance issues and Anti Money Laundering Laws and related Directives and Regulations. She has attended numerous seminars/workshops on the subject and has been responsible for legal and compliance matters of the above mentioned Firms.

Eirini holds a law degree from University of Surrey and an LLM in Environmental Law (International Law of the Sea, Natural Resources, Sustainability and Energy) from the University of Queen Mary (UK). She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a holder of CISI Certificate on Financial Services Regulatory Framework (CySEC Advanced Examination). She is also a member of the Cyprus Bar Association.

George Chr Pelaghias

George Chr. Pelaghias, M.A., LL.M, CAMS
Chr. G. Pelaghias & Co LLC

George Chr. Pelaghias is a legal consultant specializing on corporate and international tax matters, anti-money laundering compliance, and hydrocarbon legislation and policies of the EU and the Republic of Cyprus.  He is certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) and the head of compliance at the Law Firm Chr. G. Pelaghias & Co LLC.

Mr. Pelaghias is also the Executive Director of the European Rim Policy and Investment Council (ERPIC), a Cyprus-based think-tank focusing on legal, geopolitical, and energy issues in the Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean basin.

Mr. Pelaghias is a frequent speaker at international conferences, has lectured at European and American universities, and has acted in an advisory capacity to government authorities, embassies and international companies.

Mr. Pelaghias holds graduate degrees in Diplomatic History, and Law from Uppsala University, Sweden.

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Elena Frixou

Elena Frixou
Association of Cyprus Banks

Ms Frixou has been working with the Association of Cyprus Banks as a Senior Officer since 2005.Previously she 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 at Law (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 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies from City University London.

She is a member of the Anti-Money Laundering & Anti-Fraud Committee Committee of the European Banking Federation and the AEDBF Europe (European association of professionals in the legal aspects of banking, financial and capital market sector).

Christophoros Pericleous

Christophoros Pericleous
Cyprus Chapter Board Member

Christophoros is the Deputy Head of Compliance of RCB Bank Ltd and responsible for the supervision of the AML / CTF units. Some of his roles include, inter alia, handling complex transactions and structures, implementing policies for sanctions compliance, implementing compliance automated tools for complying with international sanctions and embargoes, performing compliance audits and investigations as well as providing training to the Bank employees.

Prior to joining RCB Bank Ltd, Christophoros worked as the Head of Legal & Compliance Department of a French-based Bank, SBA Bank S.A, where he was also the designated Money Laundering Compliance Officer.

Christophoros holds a Law Degree and Business Diploma from a UK university and specializes in Banking, Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime. He is also a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and ACAMS Cyprus Chapter Board.