Anti-Financial Crime Symposium – Baltics

This one-day event focuses on a Baltics perspective in the fight against financial crime – covering current and future trends in the region, regulatory reforms, developing solutions and risk mitigation measures.

We will conduct a practical briefing on current Anti-Financial Crime challenges and opportunities and explore ways to move forward in a year that will also see the transposition of 5AMLD. Furthermore, we’ll uncover the role of collaboration within a FinTech boom across the region.

The programme also includes a highly interactive training session on how to integrate an effective financial crime prevention control framework, with a focus on business risk assessments (BRAs).


8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:10 Keynote Address

llze Znotiņa
Head of Financial Intelligence Unit
9:25 Regulatory Roundtable on Financial Crime Prevention
10:25 – 10:55 Networking and Refreshment Break
10:55 Correspondent Banking Relationships and De-Risking
11:55 Mitigating Emerging Sanctions Risks
12:55 – 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 The Risks and Opportunities of Technology
15:00 – 15:15 Networking and Refreshment Break
15:15 AML Training
Arm Your People to Fight Financial Crime
16:35 – 16:45 Closing Remarks

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$475 USD $575 USD
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Keynote Speaker

llze Znotiņa


llze Znotiņa is the Head of Financial Intelligence Unit of Latvia as of 1 June 2018. Prior to joining FIU Latvia she has had a career as a sworn attorney-at-law specialising in dispute resolution. Her main areas of expertise included regulatory issues, insolvency, anti-bribery and anti-money laundering, fraud and white-collar crime.

A former Partner of law firm Deloitte Legal, Mrs Znotina has represented a wide range of local and international clients in courts as well as performed anti-fraud reviews at many international and local companies, where she lead investigations of corruption, false accounting, fraud, theft, asset recovery, tax evasion, money laundering and obstruction of justice cases. Her recent activities before the appointment related to leading the preparation of Latvian National AML/CFT Risk assessment and several sectoral assessments.

Mrs Znotina has submitted her doctoral thesis in the Faculty of Law, University of Latvia. She holds a Master degree in International and European Law from Riga Graduate School of Law, and a Bachelor degree in Law from the University of Latvia. She is an author of a number of publications related to law, fraud and corruption as well as a frequent speaker on these topics.

  • 8 years of experience leading Legal and Forensic Practice in Deloitte
  • 16 years of experience in providing lectures (Commercial Law, EU Company Law, International Dispute resolution, International Arbitration.
  • 7 years of experience in practicing and leading of law firms
  • Member of ACFE


Sam Cousins


Sam Cousins is a Sanctions and Risk Associate at ACAMS, where his work includes supporting public-private partnerships and strengthening ACAMS thought leadership pillar through assisting the development of new content on sanctions and risk.

Prior to ACAMS, Sam worked on the Sanctions Policy team at UK Finance, where he gained experience working with global financial institutions and governments on sanctions compliance issues. He also has previous experience with NATO’s Centre of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism and as a Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham. In these roles, Sam’s research focused on counter-terrorism studies, as well as transnational organised crime and national security. Sam also holds a Masters of Research in Politics and a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics, both from the University of Nottingham.

Koos Couvee
  • Koos Couvée

  • Senior Reporter, Europe


Koos Couvée has been ACAMS’s European reporter since October 2017 and is responsible for covering the development of laws, regulations and compliance procedures designed to clamp down on illicit finance in the United Kingdom and European Union. Prior to joining ACAMS, Koos worked as a news journalist at various regional and national newspapers based in London.

Alexandre Pinot
  • Alexandre Pinot

  • CAMS, Co-Chair ACAMS Baltics Chapter, Head of EU Office & MLRO
  • SONECT Europe


Alexandre is an AML/CFT Compliance & anti-financial crime professional with over 10 years of practical experience within the financial services business in various countries across Europe.

Alexandre holds a master’s degree in International Economics & Finance and in French-American International Affairs. He worked with Western Union for 7 years where he took on diverse AML/CFT related roles from the on-site audit & training, going through the risk assessment of new digital payment products.

Alexandre is now leading the AML/CFT function of Simplex, a fast-growing FinTech company providing fraud-mitigation and payment solutions services. He is now managing the AML/CFT unit and EU office of SONECT (, a Swiss FinTech expanding throughout Europe and Latin America.

Alexandre has participated in the foundation of the ACAMS Baltics Chapter in 2017 which he still co-chairs to date. He is CAMS certified and an ACAMS member since 2013.

He is also a co-founder of AMLyze (, an innovative AML/CFT transaction monitoring solution.


Arjun Ahluwalia


Arjun is the Head of Sanctions Advisory for HSBC UK. He has been with HSBC since 2016 where he has led regulatory and programme teams focusing on mitigating sanctions risk. Prior to HSBC, Arjun was a management consultant at Deloitte advising financial services firms on financial crime risk. He was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 2009, and has experience practicing as a legal advisor and consultant in commercial and public law.

Shilpa Arora


Shilpa is the AML Director, Europe Middle East and Africa for ACAMS, where she is responsible for the development of regional anti-financial crime content strategy and implementation across all channels. Shilpa also builds and manages the expanding multilingual faculty of leading subject matter experts and instructors who work with ACAMS on curriculum development, instruction, event programming and task forces.  Shilpa represents ACAMS by speaking at select major industry events and conferences, participating in think tanks and engaging proactively with policy makers, regulators and industry practitioners across the region.

Shilpa is an industry expert in financial crime prevention in the financial services sector. She has a strong understanding of risk frameworks and control environments. She is highly regarded for her ability to deliver large scale culture change and transformation in technology and financial crime prevention.

Previously Shilpa was the Head of Financial Crime Prevention for the Retail and Business Bank in Santander UK. She was accountable for all areas of financial crime prevention including KYC/ CDD, customer screening, payment screening, transaction monitoring, customer risk assessment and assurance. She led the bank through the implementation of AML/ CTF and ABC policies, advisory on high risk onboarding, training and communication and risk assessments. She also held leadership roles in Barclays in financial crime prevention, governance and controls and led large transformation programmes.

Shilpa has a background in technology and holds a degree in computer science where she was the top student. She also holds an MBA from Cass Business School which she completed with distinction.

Gabrielius Erikas Bilkštys


Gabrielius Erikas Bilkštys is the CEO and Co-founder of AMLYZE, Lithuanian RegTech company which are developing AML/CFT risk assessment and transaction monitoring software solutions for the financial services providers.

Before launching AMLYZE, Gabrielius accumulated substantial knowledge about the inner workings and intricacies of the regulated business framework previously in several different FinTech companies where he was responsible for operations and business development departments.

Richard Dunmall
  • Richard Dunmall

  • Head of Sanctions EMEA
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe


Richard is the EMEA Head of Sanctions at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe (SMBCE) and is responsible for overseeing sanctions compliance within the region. Richard joined SMBCE in February 2013 and has led efforts to enhance the sanctions systems and controls framework. During his time at SMBCE Richard has led in responding to the implementation of EU/U.S. sanctions targeting Russian interests, the implementation of the JCPOA and now subsequent U.S. withdrawal. Working closely with deals teams at SMBCE, Richard has substantial experience in sanctions risk mitigation with respect to corporate banking products.

Prior to SMBCE, Richard worked in an AML and Sanctions function at Credit Suisse during a period when the bank was under a Deferred Prosecution Agreement for sanctions violations and had to go through the challenges presented by the Arab Spring. Prior to Credit Suisse, Richard began his career working on a KYC remediation project at Goldman Sachs.

Yaron Hazan
  • Yaron Hazan

  • Financial Crimes Solution Subject Matter Expert
  • ThetaRay


With over 20 years of experience in various types of investigations, Yaron Hazan fills the position of “Financial Crimes Solutions Subject Matter Expert” at ThetaRay.

Among his diverse skills and knowledge Yaron’s responsibilities include: Aligning product features and functionalities to customer needs, regulatory engagement directly as well as in collaboration with customers, the use of AI within a regulatory environment, refinement of adherence to customer’s needs of existing use cases such as ML, Fraud and Cyber risks within banks as well as future landscapes such as Block chain, new use cases and new industries.

Yaron also delivers professional training to employees & customers and mentors sales & marketing improving the company message being delivered to bankers, compliance & risk experts and regulators.

In previous roles Yaron has held positions such as Head of Compliance at HSBC Israel covering both Financial Crime Compliance and Regulatory Compliance, Compliance & Forensics leader part of the firm’s global leadership at PWC Advisory Israel, Lead investigator for Terrorist Financing and Security cases at the Israeli police within the national unit for international and severe crimes, point of contact with FBI as well as an intelligence position in his military service.

Liudas Kanapienis


Liudas is a professional manager with over 15 years’ experience. Liudas has in-depth experience and knowledge in mobile banking, digital banking, cash management, international and local payment schemes, European banking, card schemes, acquiring, issuing, alternative payment schemes, AML/KYC procedures, licensing and legal issues, people management, and blockchain.

“I like to create big things from scratch, and I believe that there is no luck, only hard work and the right attitude.”

Yulia Murat
  • Yulia Murat

  • Regional Head for FCC Correspondent Banking
  • Standard Chartered


Yulia Murat is the Regional Head for FCC Correspondent Banking (Europe) at Standard Chartered. In her role, she manages the FCC risk pertaining to FI clients across the region.

Yulia has been with Standard Chartered for almost four years, prior to which she headed the EDD function in London at Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets. Before that, Yulia worked at Google UK, Thomson Reuters and the United Nations.

Hannes Oja
  • Hannes Oja

  • Head of Transactions Investigation
  • Luminor Bank AS


Hannes Oja is the Head of Transactions Investigation in Luminor Bank AS. During this time he has been contributing to the transformation and alignment of AML / CFT area in Luminor across the Baltics. Previously he worked at Estonian FSA overseeing business conduct (including AML / CFT) practices. Earlier experience includes various managerial and expert positions in the field of Wealth Management and Private Banking at the leading regional commercial bank.

Mark Schnieder


Mark’s background includes more than eleven years of experience in the financial crime sector. He specializes in designing measurable and actionable risk assessments, drafting risk based AML/EDD controls, and developing comprehensive risk governance regimes.

Currently, Mark serves as the Financial Crimes Risk Specialist at TransferWise in Tallinn, Estonia. He previously worked in multiple compliance roles in the United States, including managing the EDD operations for an online bank and executing risk governance at two larger financial establishments.

Sandijs Vectēvs


Sandijs Vectēvs is Deputy Head of Latvia’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). Sandijs is responsible for the core functions of the FIU, namely, financial intelligence, cross border co-operation with FIUs of other countries, a Public-private partnership platform and Strategic analysis.

Prior to FIU, Sandijs career involved working in the banking industry, where for fifteen years he held various senior positions in financial crime and money-laundering prevention area.

Sandijs graduated from the University of Latvia with a Master’s degree in Law, he is also ACAMS certified and serves on the ACAMS Baltic Chapter Board.

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