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Upcoming United Kingdom Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The ACAMS United Kingdom Chapter was formally established on 14 March 2011. The objective of the chapter is to support ACAMS in its mission to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of those dedicated to the prevention and detection of money laundering.

In addition, the chapter will:

  • Provide a United Kingdom perspective and input into regional and international standards for the detection and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing
  • Provide networking platforms through which AML/CTF professionals collaborate with their peers throughout the United Kingdom
  • Deliver United Kingdom focused member events

Upcoming United Kingdom Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Trafficking and Convergence in the Context of Financial Flows and Money Laundering

On 2 October, the ACAMS UK Chapter held a joint event with Standard Chartered Bank discussing the convergence of trafficking enablers. With a very diverse panel we covered human, illegal wildlife, narcotics and illicit antiques trafficking. These crimes often share criminal networks, transport routes and other enablers such as corruption. Challenges such as developing scenarios for transaction monitoring, how to eliminate silos and the demand of subject matter expertise of antiques were discussed.

Moderator:

  • Patricia Sullivan, Managing Director and Global Co-Head of FCC at Standard Chartered

Panel:

  • Denisse Rudichn, Senior Advisor for The Sentry, an NGO focusing on investigations and policy relating to the financial proceeds of corruption
  • Anthony Jefferson, Head of the Joint Slavery and Trafficking Analysis Centre at the National Crime Agency
  • Janet Ulph, Professional of Commercial Law at the University of Leicester and author of books such as The Illicit Trade In Cultural Property: Money Laundering, Criminal and Civil Liability, and Recovery
  • Nick Mays, Manager in Western Union's Financial Intelligence Unit
  • Olivia Randell, Head of Outreach in the Intelligence Development and Investigations team at Barclays

Thanks to Standard Chartered Bank and our Chapter Board for organizing such a great event.


Trafficking and Convergence in the Context of Financial Flows and Money Laundering

The UNODC has recognised an increasing convergence between the forms of trafficking underlying financial crime . The same transnational organised crime networks may be involved in trafficking wildlife, antiquities, and people, using the same infrastructure or routes, and facilitated by common enablers such as corruption. On behalf of the ACAMS UK Chapter, Standard Chartered Bank is pleased to host an event to explore convergence in the context of the financial flows and money laundering, and how those fighting it must work together.

Patricia Sullivan, Managing Director and Global Co-Head of FCC at Standard Chartered, will chair a panel of experts including delegates from financial institutions, law enforcement, and NGOs, sharing case studies and investigative experiences on trafficking networks. The panellists are:

  • Denisse Rudich, Senior Advisor for The Sentry, an NGO focussing on investigations and policy relating to the financial proceeds of corruption
  • Anthony Jefferson, Head of the Joint Slavery and Trafficking Analysis Centre at the National Crime Agency
  • Janet Ulph, Professional of Commercial Law at the University of Leicester and author of books such as The Illicit Trade In Cultural Property: Money Laundering, Criminal and Civil Liability, and Recovery
  • Nick Mays, Manager in Western Union’s Financial Intelligence Unit
  • Olivia Randell, Head of Outreach in the Intelligence Development and Investigations team at Barclays

Please bring photo ID for security purposes

Following the panel discussion, Standard Chartered are delighted to be hosting networking drinks.

Standard-Chartered

Please join us!


Connecting the Dots:
How AI & Data Analytics Help Combat Financial Crime Compliance’s Toughest Challenges

We had a fantastic evening on the 11th of July at the ACAMS UK Chapter event at London’s iconic City Hall. A panel of leading industry experts discussed how AI and data analytics can help solve some of the toughest and most common financial crime compliance challenges in practice.

Our distinguished panel members were:

Moderator:

  • Samar Pratt – Managing Director, Exiger and ACAMS UK Board Member

Panelists:

  • Jurriaan van der Stijl – Program Director, Group Compliance Digital & Data Analytics, BNP Paribas SA
  • Brandon Daniels – President, Global Technology Markets, Exiger
  • Chris Brannigan – CEO & Founder, Caspian
  • David Ng-Fat – Vice President, Anti-Financial Crime Data Mining and Analytics, Deutsche Bank
  • Paul Horlick, Director – Head of Financial Intelligence Unit, Barclays

Thanks to Exiger and our Chapter Board for organising such a great event.

We looking forward to seeing you again at our next event in October 2019.


FATF Mutual Evaluation Report – UK 2018
What is it actually telling us?

On Tuesday 12 March 2019, the ACAMS UK Chapter held another successful Chapter event on "FATF Mutual Evaluation Report – UK 2018, What is it actually telling us", which was hosted and sponsored by EY in their London office’s. Our eminent panel members were:

Katarina Cook, CAMS – Head of Compliance and MLRO, Europe Arab Bank and ACAMS UK Chapter Vice Chair – chairs our panel of eminent speakers:

  • Giles Thomson: Deputy Director, Sanctions and Illicit Finance, HM Treasury and UK’s Head of Delegation to FATF
  • Helena Wood: Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and former National Crime Agency Policy Officer
  • Jackie Harvey: Professor of Financial Management and Director of Business Research (AFC/AML), Newcastle Business School
  • Mark Turkington: Global Head of Transaction Monitoring Controls, HSBC

The panel was chaired by Katarina Cook (Head of Compliance and MLRO, Europe Arab Bank and ACAMS UK Chapter Vice Chair).

After the panel discussion, Nicholas Joseph (Chair of ACAMS UK Chapter and Global Head of Client Intelligence Unit at Deutsche Bank) announced the winner of the ACAMS training voucher raffle.

We looking forward to seeing you again at our next event in June/July 2019


Counter Terrorist Financing
Finding a Needle in a Haystack

On Tuesday 13 November 2018, the ACAMS UK Chapter had another successful Chapter event on Counter Terrorist Financing "Finding a Needle in a Haystack", which was hosted and sponsored by Protiviti in their Shard office’s in London. Our eminent panel members were Andy McDonald (Consultant), Dr Samir Puri (Lecturer in War Studies, King’s College London), Matthew Redhead (Associate Consultant, FINTRAIL) and Matt Taylor (Managing Director, Protiviti). The panel was chaired by David Rowe-Francis (UK Chapter Board Director and UK Head of AML, HSBC/UK). After the panel discussion, Nicholas Joseph (Chair of ACAMS UK Chapter and Head of Client Intelligence Unit at Deutsche Bank) announced the winner of the ACAMS training voucher raffle. We’re looking forward to seeing you again at our next event in February/March 2019.


Anti-Financial Crime Careers Webinar
How to develop a career in the AFC sector

Register here to access a recording of the webinar.

The ACAMS UK Chapter brings together a senior financial crime professional and two recruitment specialists to:

  • Discuss the ups and downs of the AFC job market
  • Provide tips on CVs and interviews
  • Answer any questions

Date: Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Time: 1-2pm

Speakers:

  • Nigel Coles, Managing Director at Mowley Risk & Compliance Ltd
  • David Paine, Business Director Financial Crime Compliance at Hays
  • David Symes, Managing Director at Compliance Recruitment Solutions

RegTech: A Reality Check
How RegTech Can Help The Fight Against Financial Crime

Much has been written about RegTech as the solution for tackling financial crime and streamlining compliance. The ACAMS UK Chapter brings together a panel of leading industry experts to cut through the hype and help demystify RegTech.

Joanna Jenkins – Compliance Product Manager, RailsBank – chairs our panel of eminent speakers:


Cybersecurity
A strategic overview of cybersecurity risk facing financial institutions

The ACAMS’s UK Chapter Cyber Security event was a great success.

Brian Lord, MD PGI and former GCHQ Deputy Director of Intelligence (classified) and Cyber Operations, presented on the range of cyber threats currently facing organisations, and the risk of increased attacks on personal data as penalties for data privacy breaches rise to 4% of revenue under GDPR. We all learnt a lot including what script kiddies are, why today’s super cyber criminals don’t get out of bed for less than a billion pounds, and why terrorist organisations have focussed more on the money they can raise through cyber than attacking national infrastructure targets. A fascinating presentation, by a compelling speaker, and a great evening networking with fellow Anti-Financial Crime professionals over drinks and canapes, in ACAMS European HQ in the heart of London’s Canary Wharf.


Katarina Cook

Katarina Cook, CAMS®
ACAMS® UK Chapter Co- Chair

Katarina is working as Head of Financial Crime at Brewin Dolphin. Previous roles include Head of Compliance for Europe Arab Bank, Dep MLRO for Bank ABC and Head of Conduct & Regulatory Affairs for RBS Netherlands in Amsterdam. Originally from Sweden, with a degree in Political Science and Russian, Katarina moved to London in 2005. She held a number of different KYC and AML related roles in ABN Amro/RBS, which sparked her interest in financial crime and led to a career in financial crime prevention for financial institutions. Katarina was a board member for ACAMS® Netherlands Chapter whilst working in Amsterdam (2016/17). Now a proud Co-Chair for the UK Chapter, excited to support ACAMS® and industry practitioners to stay informed of regulatory change, trends and best practices.


Joanna Jenkins

Joanna Jenkins
ACAMS® UK Chapter Co-Chair

Joanna Jenkins is the Compliance Product Manager with Railsbank. Railsbank is a banking and compliance platform that connects together a global network of partner banks with companies who want API access to global banking. Before this Jenkins was the European compliance director and money laundering reporting officer at AFEX, a global payments and currency risk management firm. She was responsible for the European branches and subsidiaries and overseeing the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) programmes for the UK, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Jersey.

Jenkins started her career at Bank of America and gained most of her AML experience at Deutsche Bank where she was the U.K. client onboarding manager for Corporate Finance, Transaction Banking and Capital Markets. She studied at Harberdashers and has a joint bachelor’s degree in Italian and business studies from University College London—her third year was spent at the University of Bologna where she studied international law. In 2015, Jenkins joined the ACAMS® board for the UK Chapter and she recently joined the technology working party of the Association of Foreign Exchange and Payment Companies, which looks at a range of solutions fraud, cybercrime, sanctions screening and client due diligence, to name but a few. She is also on the advisory board for RailsBank, a new FinTech global banking and compliance platform.


Samar Pratt

Samar Pratt, CAMS®
ACAMS® UK Chapter Vice-Chair

Samar leads Exiger’s financial crime compliance advisory practice, specializing in audit and assurance.

Since joining Exiger, Samar has served as the Deputy Monitor on behalf of the US Department of Justice, led independent examinations for the Financial Conduct Authority and New York Federal Reserve Board, and also helped clients to strengthen their financial crime compliance controls across the three lines of defense. Her work has also brought her into contact with regulators in Europe and Asia Pacific, providing her with insight into current regulatory expectations. Having previously served in senior compliance assurance and audit roles, most recently as the Global Head of Compliance Assurance at Barclays, Samar brings over two decades of experience in financial services. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS®) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Audit Specialist (CAMS®-Audit).”


Michael Harris

Michael Harris, CAMS®
ACAMS® UK Chapter Board Director

Michael Harris is currently Director of Financial Crime Compliance at Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions in the UK. He is a specialist in ‘know your customer/anti-money laundering’ (KYC/AML) and ‘anti-bribery and corruption’ (ABC) compliance and previously held senior roles in those fields at Thomson Reuters and World-Check. Michael’s work is mainly external facing and he supports clients and the LexisNexis Risk Solutions sales team alike providing expert input and drawing on his knowledge and experience to assist in the use of the company’s products and services. With a career spanning three decades in international business, he brings a unique insight into the changing geo-political risk landscape, the evolution of financial crime and the history of AML regulation and ABC laws from their earliest days.

Michael is a regular speaker on financial crime topics at events and conferences and has had the honor of speaking all over Europe on a range of financial crime topics.


Nicholas Joseph

Nicholas Joseph, CAMS®
ACAMS® UK Chapter Board Director

Nicholas is the former chair and co-chair of the ACAMS® UK Chapter from September 2017 to September 2019. He is currently the Global Head of Anti-Financial Crime Evaluation Team for Deutsche Bank. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he was the Global Markets Compliance leader and MLRO for a new business division of GE Capital. He was also the chief compliance officer for GE Capital Ltd and the CF1, CF10 and CF11 for this FCA regulated entity. Prior to this, Nicholas provided risk management and external affairs advice to board members of a former FTSE 100 energy company. Before joining the former FTSE 100 energy company, Nicholas was a senior British diplomat for over 13 years for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he focused on geopolitical, intelligence and global financial crime issues (e.g. sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues). Nicholas also represented the UK Government on the UN Security Council in Geneva, Switzerland, where he participated in nuclear disarmament and export controls negotiations.


David Rowe-Francis

David Rowe-Francis
ACAMS® UK Chapter Board Director

David Rowe-Francis, was recently appointed Head of Transactional Monitoring (HK), having worked as the Head of AMLTM for HSBC (UK). His connection with financial crime burgeoned as a criminal defence, white collar crime solicitor specialising in fraud, AB&C and complex crime. An earlier member of the ICAEW’s Fraud Advisory Panel, David continues to write articles for The Panel, as well as Informa and formally ACFE’s UK Chapter on Money Laundering. In 2016 David join an amateur AI & Machine Learning researchers adding to the discourse on ethics and the use AI in the FIn/RegTech sector. Shortly after the enactment of the 2003 Money Laundering Regulations David joined the Law Society of England & Wales, as the Senior Money Laundering Advisor (fondly not the MLRO), providing guidance to fellow practitioners on their conformance with and the impact of the expanded legislation. During that time David was a part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. However, as the legal profession’s knowledge of PoCA & the Regulations matured and a renewed passion for other things financial crime David joined the Royal Bank of Scotland, to manage Fraud, Conduct, Investigation and Whistleblowing risks initially in its Market’s arm before moving to Commercial division as the bank’s strategy changed. Throughout his career at RBS and beyond David remains eager to participate in rational debate that helps advance an understanding of the risks, benefits, consequences, opportunities and harm associated with financial crime.


Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor
ACAMS® UK Chapter Board Director

Matt is a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Risk and Compliance team in London. He joined Protiviti in 2005 prior to which he worked for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. Matt specializes in helping organizations design and implement sustainable risk management arrangements.


Dr Annalise Vineer

Dr Annalise Vineer FCII, CAMS®
ACAMS® UK Chapter Board Director

Annalise Vineer originally commenced her career in insurance, dealing with complex fraud investigations and contentious claims. She began to undertake professional qualifications and became a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. She then embarked upon an MSc in Forensic Accounting which enabled her to transition into AML investigations in banking. She then moved to the Financial Conduct Authority, where she worked in Supervision, overseeing the behaviour and practices of a portfolio of firms. Having completed her MSc, she transitioned back into banking and joined her current employer HSBC, where she was initially the European AML Risk Models Manager. At the same time she started a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice. She then became the Regional Head of Strategic Analysis for the Financial Intelligence Unit and most recently has been employed as Senior Risk Quality Assurance Manager within the Business Financial Crime Risk team in HSBC. In 2018, she completed her ACAM® qualification and passed her Professional Doctorate, with a thesis entitled ‘The Awkward Question: An Examination of Questioning Techniques Used by Banks to Prevent Financial Crime’.