David Cope is a Managing Director and the Head of Financial Crime Compliance for Goldman Sachs in Asia Pacific and has recently relocated to Singapore; David has over 27 years of experience in the financial crime and anti-money laundering space, both as a Compliance Officer and in Hong Kong law enforcement. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, David was the Asia Pacific Head for Global Financial Crimes Compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, previous to his time at Bank of America he was the Regional AML/CTF Compliance Manager for Morgan Stanley Asia. David was also briefly a Partner at KPMG China based in Hong Kong in the forensic practice dealing with AML/CTF and sanctions issues.
In his Compliance roles David led multinational teams dealing with all aspects of financial crime risk management, including client on boarding, sanctions and corruption issues, suspicious activity detection and reporting, and financial crime risk assessments, as well as providing advice and counsel to bank senior management and business leaders for financial crime issues arising in the region. David was also the regulatory and audit exam management lead in the Region for financial crime, and implemented the design and implementation of the regional monitoring and testing program. Before his time in Compliance, David’s 17-year long career in the Hong Kong Police was mainly the focused on the investigation and prosecution of serious complex financial crime and money laundering. David had postings to the Commercial Crime Bureau, Organized Crime and Triad Bureau and Narcotics Bureau. David was also part of the formulation and execution of the Hong Kong Police’s financial investigation policy and training program including dealing with the Financial Action Task Force Mutual Evaluation process.
David holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of London, and a Master of Social Sciences in Criminology from the University of Hong Kong. David was also a Co-Chair and founding Board Member of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.