Vasilios Chrisos is a Principal in the Financial Crimes Unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”). He brings to his engagements over 28 years of experience assisting both financial institutions and non-financial companies on all aspects of financial crime compliance with a particular focus on anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions matters. In his work, Vasilios advises clients on developing comprehensive financial crime risk management frameworks. He and his teams assist clients in designing and implementing AML and sanctions compliance programs, including: creating AML and sanctions governance structures, identifying inherent money laundering vulnerabilities, developing policies and procedures, evaluating controls, establishing customer risk ranking and due diligence protocols, execution of enhanced due diligence (EDD) measures for higher-risk customers (including local language media research, open and human source inquiries), and integrating transaction-monitoring capabilities.
Prior to joining the firm, Vasilios was the Americas Financial Crime Director for Macquarie, Australia’s largest investment bank. In that role, he was responsible for managing the company’s AML, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption (AB&C) compliance programs across all business divisions and legal entities in North and South America. Vasilios is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). In 2012, Vasilios received the prestigious ACAMS "Al Gillum Volunteer of the Year Award" for his significant contributions to the AML, sanctions, and financial crime fields. Vasilios has authored AML thought leadership content which has been published in various trade periodicals and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars.