In his new podcast, Kieran Beer (Chief Analyst at ACAMS) interviews the movers and shakers of the anti-financial crime world. Listen for fast-paced conversations about the latest financial scandal to hit newsstands, and insights on trending Financial Crime topics.

Listen for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or SoundCloud, and find Kieran on Twitter @kieranbeer and on LinkedIn.


Stand Together Against Trafficking with Angel Swift

Financial institutions have the power to disrupt the $150 billion business of modern slavery.

In this episode, Angel Swift talks to Kieran Beer about the shocking global scale of human trafficking and the new digital platform that’s been launched to help fight it: Stand Together Against Trafficking (STAT).

If you work for a financial institution, in law enforcement, or at a non-profit or advocacy group, go to www.enigma.com/stat to sign-up.

STAT (a free platform from Enigma, Polaris and ACAMS) is the first of its kind, harnessing big data and public-private collaboration to level up the fight against traffickers.

Angel Swift is Vice President, Compliance and Financial Crime Solutions at Enigma Technologies, and formerly worked as a VP and Director of Investigations at American Express, and as a Prosecutor for the New York District Attorney’s Office.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/angel-nguyen-swift-4289999/

Sanctions with John Smith

John Smith spent 11 years at OFAC, including three years as it’s Director, and served under 4 Presidents. He is a global authority on Sanctions, and in this interview with Kieran Beer he sets out the past, present and future of the Sanctions world as we know it.

Discover why OFAC was created, what role Congress plays (and should play!) in setting Sanctions, and how the Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump administrations have differed in their approaches.

If you work in Financial Crime, or simply want to know how Sanctions have changed the world (like the fall of apartheid in South Africa) you need to listen to this podcast.

We’re also proud to announce that John will be giving a special presentation at the 15th Annual ACAMS European AML & Anti-Financial Crime Conference in Berlin (11-13 June 2019). Find out more.  

Read John’s full bio on the Morrison & Foerster site.


Billion Dollar Whale: Bradley Hope on 1MDB

In the first episode of his new podcast series, Kieran Beer sits down with author and Wall Street Journal reporter Bradley Hope to examine the story behind the story of the 1MDB scandal.

Bradley and fellow WSJ reporter Thomas Wright co-authored "Billion Dollar Whale", the story of Malaysian national Jho Low, and how he managed to steal billions from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

And while the role of the Compliance Officer may have grown in prominence over the last decade, the subtext of "Billion Dollar Whale" is that their warnings are still being routinely ignored when big money is at stake.

Amongst the accounts of vast excess – private jets, yachts and celebrity parties we ask: how did the perpetrators of the 1MDB scandal keep up the charade of legitimacy for so long?

Read more of Kieran Beer’s thoughts on the book via ACAMS moneylaundering.com.

Find Bradley on Twitter @bradleyhope

Secrecy World: Jake Bernstein on the Panama Papers

Kieran Beer interviews two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Jake Bernstein about his new book "Secrecy World".

Jake was a senior journalist on the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) team that broke the Panama Papers in 2017. His new book "Secrecy World", based on the story of Mossack Fonseca and the 2017 scandal, is about to be made into a major motion picture.

"Secrecy World offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises critical questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted." (Amazon)

In this podcast, Kieran and Jake talk about how Mossack Fonseca was exposed, and what real-world impact this has had (and is continuing to have) across the globe.

Find Jake on Twitter @jake_bernstein