Anti-Financial Crime Symposium – Ireland

This full-day Symposium provides a briefing on the most challenging topics in financial crime prevention right now including sanctions, 4AMLD and the compliance technology revolution.

Sessions vary from ‘big picture’ regulator panel discussions – helping you keep up with 2017’s fast-paced rate of change, and a look forward to what’s on the horizon for 2018 – to real-life and in-depth case studies practically demonstrating how you can act to help protect your institution.

Our AFC Symposia feature expert speakers from public and private sectors, including regulators, financial institutions, MSBs and FinTechs, and feature networking sessions for you to meet and learn from your peers.


8:15 – 9:00 Registration and networking breakfast
9:00 Introductory Remarks
9:15 From transposition to implementation: law enforcement and regulator perspectives
10:15 – 10:45 Networking and refreshment break
10:45 Over the horizon: strategies to implement AFC compliance across a multi-jurisdictional organisation
11:45 Practical learning session: anatomy of a financial crime case
12:45 Interactive Q&A (covers all of the morning’s sessions)
13:00 – 14:00 Networking Luncheon
14:00 Managing risk in the aggregate: adopting practical strategies to mitigate sanctions risks
15:00 – 15:15 Networking and refreshment break
15:15 Eyes on the forest, not the trees: initiatives by the FinTech sector to identify and stem financial crime risks
16:15 Closing remarks
16:30 – 17:15 Networking session

Gold Sponsors

Encompass Corporation

Encompass Corporation

Lysis Operations

Lysis Operations

Silver Sponsors




ACAMS Members Non-Members
$550 USD $650 USD

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Moderator Faculty

Kieran Beer
  • Kieran Beer, CAMS

  • Chief Analyst and Director of Editorial Content


Kieran Beer is chief analyst and director of editorial content with responsibility for ACAMS, ACAMS Today and content for many ACAMS conferences and other programs.

Prior to joining ACAMS in 2006, he was executive editor of Bloomberg Wealth Manager, an award winning investment and financial planning magazine, and he also served as a staff writer for Bloomberg Markets Magazine.

Kieran has been a financial journalist for more than 25 years, beginning his career at Institutional Investor. He subsequently served as editor-in-chief of The Bond Buyer, founding editor of Thomson Municipal Market Monitor, and editor at the American Banker.

Kieran speaks regularly at industry conferences, has appeared on CNBC and Sky News, and has been heard on WBBR and NPR. He writes two columns on anti-financial crime issues and is the host of “Financial Crime Matters,” a podcast series, as well ACAMS videocasts on YouTube

Mark Bonham
  • Mark Bonham

  • Payments Compliance Program Manager
  • Airbnb


Mark is Payments Compliance Program Manager for Airbnb Ireland. Responsible for AML, Sanctions, ABC programs supporting both EMEA and APAC regional development, conducting program risk assessments and enhancements, money laundering and fraud investigations and compliance due diligence testing.

Mark has worked over 20 years in the international Reinsurance market in executive roles as Head of Compliance, Claims, Finance, and Treasury. Mark successfully established various start-up reinsurance undertakings in Ireland, UK and Bermuda. Mark is CAMS Certified, a Chartered Director, Certified International Cash Manager.

Rick McDonell
  • Rick McDonell

  • Former Executive Secretary
  • Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
  • Executive Director


Mr. McDonell is well known for his previous role as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Executive Secretary. The FATF was established in July 1989 by a G-7 summit in Paris, and examines and develops measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Among Mr. McDonell’s many accomplishments at the FATF was the development of a new, standardized country assessment “methodology.” This expanded the focus of assessments beyond the initial implementation of FATF standards to examine their actual effectiveness in terms of supporting a reduction to financial crime levels-a dramatic change, which has enabled the strength of AML regimes to be clearly determined.

Under Mr. McDonell’s leadership, the FATF Global Network also expanded to nine FATF-Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs), an important accomplishment for ACAMS as the Association has members in over 160 countries, most of those in one of the nine regions. Mr. McDonell’s many years of direct experience working with the regional bodies has given him a unique global perspective on AML and financial crime challenges facing ACAMS’ members.

Mr. McDonell is a lawyer by training and has had extensive experience as a federal prosecutor and in conducting complex investigations including being in charge of many multidisciplinary investigation Task Forces into organized crime cases both nationally and internationally. He also has had experience in private legal practice and as a university lecturer.

Kevin Nolan
  • Kevin Nolan

  • Financial Crime Officer & MLRO
  • Wells Fargo Bank International UC


Kevin joined Wells Fargo Bank International UC as Financial Crime Officer & MLRO in 2015. Prior to this Kevin had held the position of Financial Crime Prevention Manager with Certus. Kevin has held a variety of positions with regulated organisations and multinationals within the fields of AML/CFT & financial crime; regulatory compliance and corporate governance. Kevin holds a B.A. (International) from University College Dublin, is CAMS qualified, a member of the International Compliance Association and a Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland.



Sam is a financial crime prevention professional with over 15 years of practical experience in compliance. Sam holds a number of qualifications and is recognised as a subject matter expert in the field of financial crime. Sam’s previous work experience includes working as MLRO, Data Protection Officer, CCO and Group Head of AML for various financial institutions, both offshore and in Europe.

Sam also worked offshore for several years as the first legal counsel to the financial regulator in Guernsey and subsequently set up the financial crime division, overseeing the examination of a variety of financial institutions. She continues to maintain ongoing engagement with other regulators on financial crime matters.

Sam has extensive training experience in the field of financial crime prevention and corporate governance matters. She has most recently been involved in projects related to FinTech businesses and the use of RegTech, to mitigate financial crime and list management relating to the screening of customers and third parties. Sam most recently worked with ACAMS Europe as its AML Director.

Sam is recognised by ACAMS as a subject matter expert in sanctions and has co-authored a number of online certificate courses, facilitated working groups on 4/5AMLD in Europe and is a recognised subject matter trainer on financial crime. Originally from Montreal, Quebec Canada, Sam holds a Bachelor of Public Administration and a Law Degree, in which she is qualified as a barrister and solicitor. In addition, Sam holds her Master’s in Business, specialising in risk management.


Declan Casey


Declan Casey joined Irish Funds in August 2001 and since late 2006 he has been the Association’s Legal & Technical Director. He is responsible for developments in both the international and domestic regulatory environment, with specific focus in the areas of UCITS, Corporate Governance, Financial and Regulatory Reporting and Anti Money Laundering. Declan is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and prior to joining us he spent over a decade working for a large domestic bank in structured finance, commercial lending and legal roles. Declan is an active participant on a number of International and domestic groups relating to funds, in particular EFAMA working groups on UCITS, Financial Reporting, Performance Fees and EFAMA’s Anti Money Laundering Taskforce. In addition Declan is a member of the Governments IFSC Funds Group and helped establish the Private Sector Consultative Forum on Anti-Money Laundering / Counter Terrorist Financing where he was the inaugural Chair.

Rick Cerna
  • Rick Cerna

  • Senior Director, Head of AML Enhancement Team
  • Mizuho Bank


Mr. Rick Cerna is from Cleveland, Ohio where he attended elementary, middle and high school. Mr Cerna attended New York University majoring in Business, Securities and Law. Relocating to Los Angeles, California, he then spent five years with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in the Corporate Legal Department concentrating on contracts, syndication loans and legal research. In 2000 he then joined Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in their London office working on IPO’s and repurchase agreements. In 2005 Mr. Cerna relocated to Dublin, Ireland and joined A&L Goodbody Solicitors overseeing structured finance operations.

Mr. Cerna next spent a few years in Hong Kong with the UK law firm Clyde & Co. Afterward he joined Skadden, Arps in Los Angeles before returning to NYC to spend 4 years with Citco Fund Services, the largest hedge fund administrators in the world. Mr. Cerna worked in Citco’s legal department and eventually oversaw and ran the AML and Due Diligence functions in conjunction with the Compliance Department. In 2014 Mr. Cerna returned to London and joined J.P. MorganChase overseeing AML project implementation.

Mr. Cerna is currently working as a Senior Director at Mizuho Bank, Ltd. In this role Mr. Cerna oversees the AML Enhancement Team which is an extension of Head Office in Tokyo known as Compliance Promotion Department No. 2 (CPD2).

Chloe Cina
  • Chloe Cina

  • Director
  • Global Sanctions and Embargoes
  • Deutsche Bank


Chloe Cina is a qualified barrister and a leading expert in international financial sanctions, formerly the UK Head of Sanctions at HSBC. Chloe was called to the Bar in 2005 and is an advocacy trainer at the Inns of Court. She obtained her European Master’s Degree in Human Rights at the Venice Human Rights Centre in Italy and the University of Deusto. She worked for UNESCO in Paris from 2000-2004. She practiced at the England and Wales Criminal Bar before joining the UK Treasury Solicitor’s Department in 2008, focusing predominantly on terrorism and sanctions related litigation as part of the National Security team. In 2014, Chloe joined the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office as a developed vetted legal adviser, advising on financial sanctions and security policy in the EU and UN. She led the Iran nuclear legal team for the UK before joining HSBC in 2016. Chloe speaks regularly at international symposium and has made significant contributions to the International Compliance Association (ICA) and ACAMS respective courses on sanctions.

Domhnall Cullinan


Domhnall joined the Central Bank of Ireland in 2003 and was appointed as Head of Insurance Supervision in June 2012. He took up his current role as Head of the Anti-Money Laundering Division in June 2014. Domhnall worked in the Life and Pensions industry for 11 years prior to joining the Central Bank. Domhnall has been involved in the development of policy and legislation nationally and represents Ireland at the Financial Action Task Force. In addition to AML/CFT supervision and policy development, the Anti-Money Laundering Division is responsible for administration of financial sanctions and the investigation of the provision of financial services by unauthorised providers.

Jose Cerdeira Estirado


Jose M. Cerdeira is a AML Director Program for Americas and Europe at Western Union based in Madrid, Spain. Prior to his current role, Jose was the AML Director for Spain and Portugal. Before joining Western Union, was a Head of AML/CTF Compliance in multi-national firms including Deutsche Bank and Barclays. Jose has extensive experience across multiple jurisdictions and since 1999 has been engaged in regulatory compliance.

Jose is qualified with a Business Administration Degree and has spent his career in the financial services sector. Jose is ACAMS certified and a university lecturer on AML/CTF Compliance module in Spain.

Kate Hotten

Kate Hotten is the EU Compliance Officer for Stripe, responsible for regional AML and ABC compliance and advising on Atlas, Stripe’s company incorporation product. Prior to Stripe, Kate worked in London and San Francisco on anti-bribery and corruption and as part of Wells Fargo’s financial crimes think tank. Kate is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and received a Master of Science in Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Rebecca Marriott


As an experienced consultant with deep analytical experience within global banking as a financial crime intelligence analyst, Rebecca has unique insight into the world of illicit money flows. Rebecca applies her enthusiasm and technical knowledge of financial crime compliance to help clients from across disruptive and established financial services develop intelligent solutions and surface exciting opportunities.

Most recently, Rebecca has been consulting with a UK-based student pre-paid card, helping to develop and build out their overall AML and compliance framework. This has included detailed onboarding processes, embedding transaction monitoring systems, developing assurance and governance, directing investigations, compiling and submitting SARs and providing training to the wider team on all aspects of financial crime risk management. She has also worked on complex financial investigations including fraud networks targeting FinTechs, and tracing the flows of funds from a terrorist organisation into the UK. Rebecca co-organises the FinTech FinCrime Exchange (FFE), an initiative established with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) brings together over 30+ of the UK’s leading FinTech firms. The members collaborate by sharing best practice and pooling information on financial crime typologies in order to protect their customers and strengthen their sector’s ability to detect and counter the global threat of financial crime, including money laundering, terrorist financing, bribery and corruption, tax evasion and market manipulation.

In her previous roles in HSBC, Rebecca developed, led and rolled out multiple training programmes for the organisation’s Financial Intelligence Unit and worked as an intelligence analyst, examining financial crime from a macro perspective, using qualitative and quantitative data from open and internal bank sources to identify financial crime behaviour or typologies. Rebecca applied these typologies to bank data sets in order to look for high risk clients or inform bank strategy on a particular financial crime issue. Rebecca holds an MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, University College London (UCL).

Alf Martyn
  • Alf Martyn

  • Detective Superintendent, Financial Intelligence Unit
  • An Garda Siochana


Alf Martyn is a Detective Superintendent with the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, Harcourt SQ Dublin 2 and is the Operational Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (F.I.U.). He has the National remit for Money laundering Investigations in Ireland. He has spent 8 years in total investigating Economic Crime and prior to that was in charge of Serious Crime Investigations for County Meath. He has over 30 years experience in Law Enforcement and was heavily involved with the recent F.A.F.T. review of Ireland.

Paul Ryan
  • Paul Ryan

  • Senior Director, Global Compliance Investigations
  • PayPal

Thaer Sabri
  • Dr Thaer Sabri

  • CEO, Electronic Money Association & Managing Partner
  • FM Legal


Thaer Sabri is a founder and CEO of the Electronic Money Association, the European trade body for the e-money industry, and managing director of payments consultancy Flawless Money. He is also senior partner of the payments specialist law firm FM Legal.

Thaer is additionally a member of the Board of the European Payments Council (EPC), the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG), a member of the EBA Banking Stakeholder Group, a member of the European Commission Payment Services Market Experts Group. He is also a member of the UK Payments Strategy Forum, and of the UK Open Banking Steering Committee, and participates in working groups of the Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB).

Flawless Money advises on AML/CFT issues, on regulatory structuring of payments businesses, both in the EU and globally and assists in licensing as well as exemption from regulation. It has developed a range of innovative regulatory models and it is continually engaging with regulators to enable business friendly legislative interpretation. Together with its sister law firm FM Legal, the two teams provide legal, regulatory, risk, IT security and finance advice to deliver an end-to-end advisory service.

Slava Stefanova
  • Slava Stefanova

  • Specialist at Analytical Project Suspicious Transactions
  • Europol


Slava Stefanova is a specialist working at Analytical project Suspicious transactions, which is Europol’s team dedicated to combating money laundering. Slava joined the Bulgarian law enforcement authorities in 1998 and has 19 years’ experience in financial crime including, bank, tax and card fraud, forged payments and currency counterfeiting. In the last 8 years Slava has focused primarily on money laundering.

Further to Slava’s experience as an investigator she also has three year of analytical experience in the field of financial crime and 18 months working in multilateral international cooperation at the Europol National Unit.

Slava’s main areas of professional interest and expertise are high end money laundering, professional enablers, underground banking and strategic analysis of money laundering trends of national and international criminal groups.

In addition, Slava fulfils the role of permanent Secretariat of the anti – money laundering network of practitioners AMON, on behalf of Europol’s anti-money laundering team. AMON currently spans over 38 jurisdictions (including Ireland) and is dedicated to assisting the cooperation and interaction between experts working in the area of anti-money laundering.

Nigel Verdon


Nigel Verdon is a well-known FinTech founder and entrepreneur. Nigel founded FinTech’s Evolution, Currency Cloud and most recently Railsbank. Nigel currently sits on the board of FX Options Hedge fund LCJ and was previously a partner at FinTech VC fund Orange Growth Capital, worked at Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and was a director at Dresden Kleinwort Investment Bank – both banks recognised for their innovation in technology.

George Voloshin


George is the head of Aperio Intelligence’s Paris office. Prior to joining Aperio in 2016, he headed the Russia/CIS coverage at Risk&Co (Paris) and previously collaborated with a number of UK-based advisory and analytical organisations as well as government clients. He is the author of two books on the geopolitics of Central Asia and over a hundred articles on international affairs, with a focus on Russia and the former Soviet Union which are the primary areas of his specialisation.

Lorraine Watts


Lorraine Watts is the Global Export Controls Compliance Officer for Servomex. Originally joining the company as a Shipping Clerk in 1989 she obtained the experience and knowledge leading her to the role of Shipping Controller. Having almost 20 years’ experience in Import/Export and an Institute of Export CIT qualification in 2008 she received training from EU and US Lawyers enabling her to implement the Servomex Global Export Controls procedures, which she now vigorously maintains.

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