Counter Terrorism Financing – Latest European Initiatives

  • When: October 21, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM BST
  • Level: All

This year the European Commission published its Action Plan for Strengthening the Fight against Terrorism, in which it highlighted that the recent attacks in the European Union and beyond underlined the need for the EU across all Member States to prevent and fight terrorism. Additional recommendations and measures have also been proposed by Member States, including the UK’s Select Committee report on fighting radicalisation. This webinar will look at some of the initiatives currently underway in European Member States and how compliance professionals could contribute towards them.

Learning Objectives

  • Insight into the measures to be implemented EU-wide to counter terrorist financing
  • Understand why there is a focus on financing as a means to combat terrorist activities
  • Assessment of the types of changes that might be needed to existing AML /CFT compliance programs as part of these initiatives.

Who Should Attend

  • Compliance Officers
  • FIU/Investigative Staff
  • Industry Consultants
  • Risk Managers
  • Law Enforcement


  • Europe
  • Global
  • Banking
  • MSBs

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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.


Tom Keatinge
  • Tom Keatinge

  • Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies
  • Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

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.

Gavin Peniston-Bird
  • Gavin Peniston-Bird

  • Senior Manager, Global Security, Global Investigations
  • Western Union Payment Services

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