Anti-Financial Crime Symposium – Cyprus

  • When:Thursday, 7 February 2019
  • Where:Limassol, Cyprus
  • Venue: Four Seasons Hotel
    67/69 Amathountos Avenue
    Limassol 4532

Breakthroughs and Barriers: The International Finance Centre Perspective

Regulators and others are committed to preventing the misuse of International Finance Centres (IFCs) to launder illegal funds. There have been significant breakthroughs, but challenges remain.

We’ll spend a full-day in Limassol presenting case studies of what’s worked, and hearing experts unpick the barriers that still exist.

Hear about: 

  • The latest initiatives for tackling financial crime and operational challenges in meeting evolving regulatory requirements
  • Effectively balancing client confidentiality with transparency requirements
  • The role of law enforcement across boundaries
  • Keeping up the pace with technological innovations
  • And more …

ACAM Symposia are one-day events that present context, success stories and immediately actionable ideas to groups united by either industry, or region.


8:00 – 9:05 Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:05 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:20 The State of the State of AFC Compliance: Europe and the World in 2018, 2019 and Beyond
10:25 – 10:55 Networking and Refreshment Break
10:55 It’s a Matter of Trust: Undertaking Wealth Management in an AFC Sceptical World
11:45 Conquering the Mountain: AFC Compliance Challenges in Financial Services
12:45 – 13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45 Laying down the Law: The Role of Enforcement and Related Activities in IFCs
14:30 – 15:00 Networking and Refreshment Break
15:00 Keeping up the Pace: The Influence of Technological Innovation on IFCs
16:00 Closing Remarks

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Jon Barclay


Jon Barclay is highly rated for his presence in court. He advises institutions, law firms and in-house teams worldwide across the range of international financial services litigation. He has a close interest in cross-border enforcement and asset recovery and has received particular recognition for his work in the fraud arena, with freezing injunctions and related orders.

Jon began his legal career in 1999 as a barrister in the chancery and commercial group at leading UK set No. 5 Chambers. He returned to his home island of Guernsey six years later and was admitted as an Advocate of the Royal Court in 2006.

Kieran Beer
  • Kieran Beer

  • Director of Editorial Content and Editor-in-Chief


Mr. Beer has been the editor-in-chief and editorial director for ACAMS since January 2007. Prior to that he was executive editor of Bloomberg Wealth Manager, a trade magazine for financial advisers to wealthy individuals, and he also served as a staff writer for Bloomberg Markets Magazine. Mr. Beer has been a financial journalist for more than 20 years, beginning his career at Institutional Investor, where he worked as a reporter and editor in the newsletter division and was a contributor to Institutional Investor magazine. He served as editor-in-chief of The Bond Buyer, founding editor of Thomson Municipal News/The Bond Buyer Wire and as the editor of the American Banker. Mr. Beer writes a column and periodically reports on money laundering and bank compliance. He has served as a panelist and moderator at industry conferences and appeared on CNN, CNBC, WCBS and spoken on NPR and Bloomberg radio (WBBR).

Tarik Eker


Tarik Eker is the Regional AML Director (DACH region, Central and Eastern Europe) for ACAMS and is a board and founding member of the ACAMS Germany Chapter. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the International School of Management, Germany and is active in the fields of big data analytics, risk management, mathematics and rating.

Prior to this, he was appointed as Senior Compliance Officer, Director for Dagong Europe Credit Rating srl. He oversaw and managed the compliance and ethics activities of Dagong Europe. Furthermore, he was responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining policies and procedures across the departments and branches of Dagong Europe, ensured full ongoing compliance to the European regulatory requirements, and staff members’ adherence to the internal policies and procedures.

Mr Eker is a veteran in compliance advisory, anti-money laundering, terrorist financing monitoring and fraud prevention, and has worked for several high-profile institutions in Europe, including holding the positions of Head of AML Monitoring at Commerzbank AG (Non-FI) and Head of Compliance in BBVA Corporates & Investment Banking in Frankfurt. He has also held several senior compliance related positions with MoneyGram International Limited and KPMG AG in Frankfurt, Germany.

Peter Oakes

Peter Oakes is a financial services expert in banking, payments, funds, MiFID, FinTech, RegTech, cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology industries. His subject matter expertise includes anti-financial crime, corporate governance, directors’ duties, data protection and financial services regulations. Peter is the founder of FinTech Ireland and FinTech UK and is involved with the new FinTech Cyprus initiative. He was appointed as the first Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime at the Irish Central Bank (2010-2013) and has worked as a senior regulator in the UK (FSA), Australia (ASIC) and Saudi Arabia (SAMA) and continues to work with regulators on their supervisory and enforcement strategies.

Peter is a non-executive director of leading regulated FinTech firms Susquehanna (MiFID), Optal Financial Europe (Emoney) and TransferMate (PSD). He is retained as board advisor to a number of FinTech and RegTech, including Corlytics (regulatory intelligence), Ignition Wealth (robo-advisor) and KYCKR (AML / CDD). Peter works with FinTech and RegTech firms seeking licences in Europe and mentors start-ups. He is a solicitor admitted in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

Nassos Paltayian
  • Nassos Paltayian

  • Head of Compliance & Information Security Officer
  • Abacus Limited


Nassos Paltayian began his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditor for Financial Services companies where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then moved to Abacus Limited in 2009 as a portfolio manager. In 2013 he moved to the compliance department of the firm and in 2014 he became an ACAMS member and soon after CAMS certified.

Since 2015 Nassos has served as the Information Security Officer while simultaneously heading the Compliance Department at Abacus Limited.

Nassos has given a number of presentations on both Compliance and Information Security in Cyprus and in London.

Nassos is also a founding member and Vice chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter, Vice chair of the ICPAC Compliance Committee, and Vice chair of the CFA Compliance Committee. He was also the leader of the DNFBP module during the National Risk Assessment and participated in the task force for the issuance of the FATCA and CRS Cyprus Guidance Notes.


Maria Aristidou


Maria Aristidou is an ACCA Fellow and holds an MBA from the City University of London. She worked for 5 years in the accounting profession as an auditor and international business administrator and for over 17 years to date in the Banking sector. She has a vast experience in almost all banking areas including (front line) Corporate and International Services, (back office) operations and process re-engineering, (control functions) credit risk management, regulatory compliance and AML/CTF.

For the last 8 years she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer. During her banking career she also took the role of Company Secretary of the Board and participated as a member in various committees such as the Executive Committee, Operational Risk Committee, Complaints Handling Committee, Disciplinary Committee and others. She is also a member of the ICPAC and a member of its Compliance Committee.

She currently holds the position of Manager, Operations & Transformation in the Private Banking Unit of Hellenic Bank Public Co Limited.

Lene Baltzarsen


Lene Baltzarsen holds a M.Sc. from the University of Copenhagen and has worked with risk management, compliance, AML and CTF for several years in small, mid-sized and large financial institutions in several senior positions. She is currently working in Nordea’s Asset Management Subsidiary in Luxembourg as an executive advisor to the executive management and the board.

Ms. Baltzarsen is expected to return to a position in Nordea Group during 2019.

Nordea is the largest Nordic bank, and Lene has held senior positions within Sanctions Compliance as responsible for Business Risk Management in Group Financial Crime Prevention. Before being part of Nordea Luxembourg and as part of her former position, Ms. Baltzarsen was a member of the financial crime steering committee and the Group Financial Crime Preventions executive management team, as an executive advisor within Business Risk Management.

Jennifer Craven


Jennifer is a Senior Associate specialising in foreign and domestic commercial frauds as well as onshore and offshore trust litigation. Jennifer has acted on cases involving breach of fiduciary duties and trust, breach of directors’ duties, fraudulent misrepresentations, employee fraud, deceit and conspiracy. She is also experienced in advising clients on internal investigations and crisis management. Most recently she has advised victims of cyber and online fraud scams, including invoice hijacking and push payment scams, and the commercial strategy involved in eliminating online risk, as well as tracing and identifying those responsible.

Jennifer specialises in issuing applications in England, and offshore jurisdictions, for worldwide freezing injunctions including in the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and the US Virgin Islands. She is also experienced in tracing assets and issuing applications for disclosure orders against third parties including banks and money brokers for information to understand the fraud, locate assets, enable claims to be commenced or defended, and to achieve settlement.

Jennifer is Secretary of the Female Fraud Forum. She is also a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, and the Fraud Advisory Panel. She is recommended by Legal 500.

Constantinos Constantinides


Mr. Constantinos Constantinides is currently a Director at FAI Comply and holds Non-Executive Director roles at Cyprus based Investment Firms and Funds. His main areas of expertise are financial and payment regulation, particularly in compliance, internal audit and anti-money laundering. Mr. Constantinides holds an MSc from the Imperial College London, Business School and BSc from the University of Durham and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI).

Gregory Dellas


Gregory Dellas currently leads the Wealth & Markets division of the Bank of Cyprus. He has extensive experience in wealth management, in the areas of client advisory and portfolio management, custody and operations. He led the setting up of boutique private banking units in the UK and Romania, and also served as the Money Laundering Compliance Officer for Cyprus Popular Bank and its overseas subsidiaries.

Previously, as Manager of Compliance Risk Management for the International Banking Wealth & Markets Division of Bank of Cyprus, he was responsible for high risk client on-boarding and for providing guidance and training to the management and staff.

He holds a BSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick and an MBA from Lancaster University in the UK. Gregory is a Chartered Wealth Manager, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and a certified CAMS Instructor, a fellow of ICA and a professional member AMLP in the UK and Transparency International in Cyprus. He also participated as a delegate and speaker in international conferences and webinars, and currently serves as Chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter.

Cristina Fleckenstein


Cristina Fleckenstein is an experienced compliance professional at Credit Suisse AG (Switzerland), where she works as an AML Compliance Officer specialized in the Latin America, Middle East and North Africa region.

Originally from Panama, Cristina´s AML experience arises from her previous role as a Senior Consultant at EY, where she assisted major regional financial institutions in the implementation of AML Controls, Independent AML Reports for Corresponding Banking, AML Internal Audit and FATCA/AEOI KYC process re-design and reporting to the regulator.

Cristina has experience working with financial regulators in her previous role as the British Embassy Prosperity Officer, where she supported initiatives related to the commitment of the implementation of financial regulatory policies. Cristina is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist by ACAMS, she experienced first-hand the impact of the Panama Papers in financial systems and she brings strong expertise regarding the Anti-Financial Crime Compliance challenges that International Financial Centres face when dealing with multiple jurisdictions. Cristina has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Management Information Systems and International Business from Harding University (USA). In addition, she holds a Master in Science IT, Management and Innovation fromJönköping International Business School (Sweden).

Delphine Forma


Delphine is an experienced compliance officer who has worked across different countries and industries including large Banks in the UK. She holds two Master Degrees specialized in European Criminal Business Law and Fraud and Money Laundering Prevention. She is now Global Head of Compliance for Lykke, crypto exchange based in Switzerland, and responsible for all compliance and regulatory affairs matters. Delphine sees compliance as a way to help the business achieve its objectives in a compliant environment. Flexibility and creativity are keys to succeed.

Aleksi Grym


Aleksi Grym is the Head of Digitalisation at the Bank of Finland. He manages a portfolio of cross-departmental projects related to the digital transformation of the financial industry, covering topics such as FinTech, digital currencies, payment technologies, and cyber security. Before joining the Finnish Central Bank he worked in the consulting and technology investment industry for 15 years.

Andy McDonald


Andy McDonald retired from the Metropolitan Police Service in January 2017, after over 30 years’ service. He has extensive overt and covert investigative experience in all ranks as a detective and Financial Investigator, where he led a number of high profile fraud, money laundering and organised crime investigations.

Following a significant period in covert operations, he returned to the MPS Serious and Organised Crime Command where he was Head of the MPS Fraud Investigation and Prevention, Arts and Antiques and the Gaming Unit. He designed, negotiated funding and implemented the current MPS Fraud and Cyber crime operating model – Operation FALCON.

Andy achieved his MBA qualification through Strathclyde University (SGBS). His dissertation explored the effects of constant technological and legal changes to client relationships in bespoke areas of the regulated sector. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.

Andy completed his last 3 policing years, holding Command positions in Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command where he was Head of Specialist Investigations. His portfolio included the UK National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU) and Joint Border Force cash seizure teams.

Since retiring, Andy has acted as a subject matter expert and speaker for a range of organisations in respect of critical incident management, terrorist funding and illicit finance. He has co-authored and presented on a range of ACAMS webinars.

Christos Michael


Christos is a fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and International Finance from the University of Glasgow.

He started his professional career in Cyprus with Grant Thornton in 1992 as a trainee Certified Accountant and became an assistant manager when the merger with Price Waterhouse took place in 1995 and then joined Chrysanthou & Christoforou (representing Arthur Andersen) as a manager in 1997. Following the merger of Chrysanthou & Christoforou with Deloitte he became a partner in audit in 2006, with specialisation in the financial industry, technology and Leisure, servicing mainly large local and international clients. Christos joined Excel-Serve (a trust and corporate services company) in September 2007, as a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors, supporting the CEO in managing and developing the business. In June 2008 IFG Group acquired Excel-Serve and Christos was originally appointed Chief Operations Officer and then Managing Director of the IFG office in Cyprus. On the 1st February 2013 IFG rebranded to First Names Group. Christos is also the President of the Cyprus Fiduciary Association since 2016.



André has serviced multinational companies in their operations in the Netherlands since 1988. Currently he is the Managing Director of TMF Group, which helps companies with business services such as accounting and tax, corporate secretarial, global governance and administration and fiduciary services for structured finance, private equity and real estate investments. Prior to this, André has held several managing director and chairman positions within corporate and financial services.

He strives to deliver the best possible services, meeting high demands on tax and legal requirements and takes pride in creating fully compliant operations. In his experience, responsiveness, understanding, involvement and dedication are the key to building relationships founded on respect, integrity and professionalism.

Irene Procopiou


Currently the Manager of Wealth Management at Bank of Cyprus, Cyprus’s largest financial institution, Irene began her career in Hong Kong where she worked for Credit Agricole Indosuez and Morgan Stanley for a number of years focusing on Equity Derivatives on Asian markets.

She moved to London with Morgan Stanley as an Asian Equity Derivatives specialist for Europe and joined Citigroup as Director of Asian Equity Derivatives Sales. Upon her return to Cyprus in 2003 she took up a senior position in the correspondent banking area.

She joined Bank of Cyprus in 2010 as Manager Private Banking.

Irene holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Bath, an MSc (Econ) in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from CASS Business School.



Mrs. Samantha Sheen is a financial crime risk professional who recently completed work with a global insurer based in Milan, Italy, where she focused on enhancing its financial crime measures across offices in three continents.

Mrs. Sheen previously worked as the inaugural director of the Financial Crime Division for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. She joined the Commission in 2010 as its first legal counsel. Prior to joining the Commission, Mrs. Sheen worked as legal counsel for various financial companies both in Canada and Australia. While in Sydney, Australia, Mrs. Sheen worked with a large accountancy firm in its compliance advisory team before moving to Guernsey. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Mrs. Sheen started her legal career in Toronto in the late 1990s.

Moreover, Mrs. Sheen holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration, an LLB and a master’s degree in risk management. She is a member of ACAMS and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies program. Mrs. Sheen’s particular area of interest is in relation to the effectiveness of risk management and mitigation measures in influencing changes in staff behavior and culture within financial institutions.

Maria Aristidou


Mrs. Theologou studied Law at the University of Hull (UK) where she was awarded with an LLB (Hons) Law Degree and acquired an LLM in International Business Law. She further continued her studies at the BPP Law School Leeds (UK) where she successfully passed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). She has been called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple in 2011 and she is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association since 2012.

Mrs. Theologou is a holder of CySEC’s Advanced Certificate in Financial Services Legal Framework. Her main area of practice is Corporate and Financial Services with an extensive experience in anti-money laundering (AML) matters. She joined the Legal Department of Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) since 2015 as a market expert, specializing in AML field and was responsible for the transposition of the 4th AMLD on behalf of CySEC into national law. She is also, the instructor for AML seminars organised by CySEC.

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