The New Narco-Traffickers

  • When:September 13, 2019
  • Where:New York City
  • Venue: Convene
    The Forum Room
    237 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10017

In the seamy netherworld of illicit narcotics networks, the flash and cash of Scarface and Miami Vice are being rivaled by the rise of the Dark Web and virtual currencies, dramatically altering how illegal drugs are trafficked—and producing new typologies for laundering the criminal proceeds. ACAMS’ full-day seminar The New Narco-Traffickers offers AML professionals authoritative analysis of how this new ilk of criminal enterprises works as well practical strategies for detecting and disrupting their financial flows and mitigating your institutional risks.


7:45 AM – 8:45 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Anatomy of the Crisis: Mapping the Opiate and Opioid Epidemic
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:50 AM – 12:10 PM How Changing Structures of Drug Trafficking Networks Affect AML
12:10 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Luncheon
1:30 PM – 2:50 PM A Perfect Storm: The Dark Web, Cryptocurrency and Laundering Drug Money
2:50 PM – 3:10 PM Networking and Refreshment Break
3:10 PM – 4:40 PM Operation Darkness Falls: Taking Down a Dark Web Fentanyl Market
4:40 PM – 5:00 PM Key Takeaways, Q&A and Closing Remarks

*Agenda subject to change.


ACAMS Members Non-Members
$645 $745

Registration Closed

*Enterprise and Government members may receive preferential pricing. Please contact to register.

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Lead Facilitator:

Gregg Fields
  • Gregg Fields, CAMS

  • Senior Copywriter


Mr. Fields was a research fellow in residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard Law School before joining ACAMS. His work focused on systemic causes of the 2008 financial crisis. He spent most of his career as a financial journalist at The Miami Herald, where he covered money laundering and white-collar crime and was a member of the staff that won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Mr. Fields has also taught financial journalism at graduate schools in Beijing and Hong Kong.


Charlene Cieslik
  • Charlene Cieslik

  • Chief Anti Money Laundering Officer and Chief Privacy Officer
  • Coinsquare


Charlene Cieslik is the Chief Anti Money Laundering Officer and Chief Privacy Officer of Coinsquare. Charlene has held roles as the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Chief Anti-Bribery Officer, and Chief Privacy Officer at several Canadian and Foreign scheduled banks, where she was responsible for AML/ATF, anti-bribery/corruption, and privacy programs. Charlene has also worked at several ‘Big 4’ accounting firms, where she assisted global financial institutions with AML/ATF program development, post-regulatory exam remediation and AML/ATF investigations.

She currently teaches graduate courses on AML/ATF Compliance and cryptocurrency, and is a frequent speaker on the subject. She recently participated in the United Nations FATF private sector consultation meetings on digital currency in Vienna, Austria, and works closely with the Federal government in Canada in advising on cryptocurrency regulation. She holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and was an original founder of the Toronto ACAMS Chapter.

Anthony Giattino
  • Anthony Giattino

  • Special Agent
  • US Postal Service, Office of Inspector General


Special Agent Anthony Giattino of the US Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, has been conducting financial investigations as a federal law enforcement officer since 2012. SA Giattino has also been a criminal investigator for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and Homeland Security Investigations. Prior to working for the government, SA Giattino worked in Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Department.

Michael Schidlow
  • Michael S. Schidlow, CAMS-Audit

  • Financial Crimes Compliance Expert

Michael Schidlow currently serves as the Head of Financial Crime Risk Training for HSBC Bank’s Global Internal Audit Function. In this role, Schidlow designs and delivers bespoke training courses on anti-money laundering (AML), terrorist financing, anti-bribery/corruption (ABC), and anti-financial crime best practices across the company’s global footprint. Schidlow also leads the function’s Emerging Risk Advisory for North America, Latin America, and for the Global Financial Crime Risk teams. He consults on audit planning and audit scoping based on regulatory issues, enforcement actions, and external environment monitoring.

Schidlow previously served as an investigator for Bank of America’s Global Financial Crimes Compliance division, specializing in high-profile client compromises, complex fraud, and insider abuse allegations. Schidlow started his career working as an attorney concentrating on regulatory compliance and white collar litigation matters. Schidlow holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), ACAMS Advanced Certification in AML Audit (CAMS-Audit), and is a licensed attorney.