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.

Public + Private – the Silver Bullet against Financial Crime?

‘All too often criminal investigations hit a dead end when law enforcement encounters a company with hidden ownership’.

In this episode, Edward Kitt (Illicit Finance Policy Lead at the British Embassy in Washington DC) and Kieran talk about the UK’s public beneficial ownership register, tangible benefits of the public-private partnership group JMLIT, and how effective global information sharing might be the answer to solving both new, and cold, cases in human trafficking, moneylaundering, art & antiquities trafficking…and more.

Read the full UK Economic Crime plan at:…e-plan-2019-to-2022

Gangsters, Whales and Businessmen – Moneylaundering in Canada

Sam Cooper is an investigative journalist who has dedicated his career to exposing moneylaundering in British Columbia.

From moneylaundering operations in Canadian casinos, to Chinese millionaires smuggling in cash to buy swathes of Vancouver real estate (but not to live in), Sam talks Kieran through the financial crime typologies, scams and trends he’s observed during his investigations in recent years.

Follow Sam on Twitter for more scoops:

Law Enforcement vs Cybercrime in Manhattan

Michael Sachs talks to Kieran Beer about the cutting-edge work that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is doing to take down cybercrime. From scams involving Michael Jordan sneakers and black market Xanax, to a crypto armed robbery, he’s seen it all.

Their discussion also covers the ambiguities of this new world, including ongoing tensions between law enforcement and tech companies around device encryption, and the due diligence (or otherwise) being undertaken by innovative exchange channels like Bitcoin ATMs.

See Michael’s bio at:…executive-team

The Financial Tools of Statecraft

These tools make it harder, costlier and riskier [for rogue actors] to move money around the world.’

In this episode, Juan Zarate explains why sanctions shouldn’t be treated like a light switch, what he thinks about the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, and why financial tools are at the heart of national security efforts.

In one of Financial Crime Matters’ most wide-ranging interviews, Kieran Beer also asks Juan to comment on the delicate balance between privacy and transparency, and finally…what keeps him up at night.

While at the US Treasury, Juan Zarate advised the White House on Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, and led the global hunt for Saddam Hussein’s assets. He is the author of ‘Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare’ (2013), the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Financial Integrity Network, and the Senior National Security Analyst for NBC News.

Read his full biography here

Sanctions of our Time: Iran, Venezuela and the Kingpins

‘We can continue to see them as an adversary or threat…and [still] negotiate an end to their nuclear program’.

In this episode, recorded in February before the scale of the global COVID-19 outbreak became apparent, Kieran Beer and Adam Szubin discuss the effectiveness of sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, and the Kingpin Act.

A sanctions insider for many years, Adam Szubin has a distinguished history of service with the US Treasury, including nine years as the Director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). As one of the architects of the JCPOA, he’s uniquely placed to comment on the current US administration’s shifts in sanctions policy, and the effect they’re having on geopolitics – far beyond the borders of Iran.

Adam Szubin Biography:

Is Money Laundering in Online Gaming Flying Under the Radar?

In the first episode of Financial Crime Matters Season 2, Anton Moiseienko and Kayla Izenman of RUSI talk to Kieran Beer about their recent report on money laundering in the online gaming world (Fortnite, Clash of Clans and others).

Hear how third party marketplaces are being used to exchange game currency (bought with illegal funds) for fiat currency, how financial institutions can spot this activity, and what the regulatory response has been so far.

Read the full RUSI report here.

Money Laundering in Real Estate with Maureen Maloney

In Vancouver there are many high-end apartments where the lights never go on…

In 2018/2019, Professor Maureen Maloney led an expert panel investigating Money Laundering in British Columbia’s real estate sector. The expert panel reported that up to $5.3 billion was laundered through the BC real estate market in 2018, raising housing prices by an estimated 5%.

In this podcast, the final episode of Financial Crime Matters Season 1, Kieran Beer and Maureen Maloney unpick why British Columbia is so vulnerable to money laundering, and how authorities might move to stop it.

Access the expert panel’s full report here.

A Survivor’s Story: Timea Nagy

At 20, Timea Nagy was forced into sex slavery. But her story didn’t end there.

Her memoir ‘Out of the Shadows‘ describes a vulnerable girl, tricked and manipulated by traffickers, who – once she escapes – becomes a key player in putting away the bad guys.

In this episode, Kieran asks how financial institutions can help. And Timea explains that their evidence might soon prevent victims from suffering the secondary trauma of a court case, like the one she faced.

Read more about Timea, and her passionate commitment to raising awareness of human trafficking at

The Laundrymen: Jeffrey Robinson on AML

Jeffrey Robinson introduced stories of money laundering to the masses with his 1995 global best seller ‘The Laundrymen‘. Poised to release a completely revised edition ‘The New Laundrymen’ next year, Jeffrey gives Kieran a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what’s included.

Always opinionated and deeply passionate about the characters and stories he uncovers, Robinson, the author of 30 books, has been labelled “the world’s leading financial crime author.”

Read Jeffrey’s full bio on his website:

FATF spoke…and Canada listened.

Jacqueline Shinfield of Blake, Cassels & Graydon walks Kieran Beer through the sweeping changes that Canada is in the process of making to its AML and Anti-Financial Crime legislative landscape.

From regulating virtual currencies, changes to STR regimes, and dramatic shifts in Electronic Funds Transfer reporting frameworks – this is a must-hear briefing for all compliance professionals.

And…it’s just the start. Jacqueline outlines where she thinks Canada will tighten regulations even further as it seeks to proactively match shifts in technology, and how our society shapes itself today.

Read Jacqueline’s full bio at:…aspx?EmpID=105921

ISIS, Hezbollah and Terror Finance with Celina Realuyo

‘We’re now treating the Financiers just as seriously as the Terrorists themselves…that’s a Gamechanger’.

In this expansive chat about the financing of global terrorism, Celina Realuyo tells Kieran Beer about the defeat of ISIS, the rise and reach of Hezbollah and how criminals are using every trick in the financial crime book to keep money flowing to those intent on creating Terror.

As a former US diplomat, international banker with Goldman Sachs, US counterterrorism official, and professor of international security affairs at the National Defense, Georgetown, George Washington, and Joint Special Operations Universities, Professor Celina Realuyo has over two decades of international experience in the public, private, and academic sectors.

Read her full biography here:…ina-realuyo

Alexandra Jour-Schroeder on AML & the European Commission

“Data Protection is not an obstacle to fight money-laundering” : Alexandra Jour-Schroeder of the European Commission

In this episode, Kieran Beer hosts a fast-paced discussion with Alexandra Jour-Schroeder about the European Union’s efforts to fight money laundering and the financing of terror.

Their chat covers a diverse range of topics, from 5AMLD to GDPR, the effort to harmonise definitions across the EU’s member states, and how the European Commission is working to bring together all of the actors who are fighting financial crime.

Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse with Elizabeth Loewy

Elder financial abuse is as devastating as physical abuse, and it’s a problem on the rise. In this episode, Elizabeth Loewy and Kieran Beer explore both simple and high-tech ways to pick up on the signs that vulnerable adults might be being defrauded.

With an estimated 70-80% of all US assets now held by seniors (the Baby Boomers are aging!), financial institutions have to be prepared to spot and respond quickly to elder abuse scams. If you’re a compliance officer, do you know what to look for, and what to do if you think there’s a problem?

Elizabeth Loewy has spent three decades fighting elder abuse, first as a Prosecutor (she served as co-counsel in the trial involving the financial exploitation of well-known philanthropist Brooke Astor by her son and his attorney, which resulted in convictions to both defendants), and now as co-founder and COO of FinTech company EverSafe. Read more about Liz’s background at

Counter-Proliferation with Tom Keatinge

How does North Korea finance their weapons program? And have sanctions been effective in stopping the proliferation of nuclear weapons?

In this episode, Tom Keatinge from defence think tank RUSI talks to Kieran Beer about weapons of mass destruction, and gives his top tips for compliance professionals interested in upskilling in the increasingly complex area of counter-proliferation.

Read more on this topic in “Securing the Supply Chain”, the recent paper co-authored by Tom. 

Follow Tom on Twitter @keatingetom

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 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.


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.

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

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

Find Bradley on Twitter @bradleyhope