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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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.


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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