Gaining Insights into SAR Review Processes and Priorities for Law Enforcement Agencies

  • When: July 24, 2019
  • Time: 12PM – 2PM ET
  • Level: All

Understanding how suspicious activity reports (SARs) provide value to law enforcement and how to fine-tune SARs for optimal utility in order to establish invaluable information-sharing partnerships are key components for compliance professionals. Well-written SARs can spur law enforcement to start an investigation or enhance an ongoing one—ultimately making it possible to identify terrorists and other financial criminals through the trail of their financial transactions. This webinar will focus on SAR review processes, with an eye to meeting the priorities of law enforcement agencies by detailing practical strategies for producing useful SARs.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the value of SARs for law enforcement agencies, including as a reliable source of information to identify financial crime trends
  • Reviewing SAR and BSA challenges for law enforcement such as the inability to provide real feedback to reporting institutions and cross jurisdictional investigations
  • Examining real-life examples of SAR-initiated investigations to gain insights into how SARs can be of optimal use to law enforcement
  • Streamlining your investigation and SAR production processes to ensure you are addressing law enforcement’s needs

Who Should Attend

  • Compliance Officers
  • Risk Management Officers
  • FIU/Investigative Specialists
  • Legal Advisors
  • Law Enforcement


  • Global
  • Banking
  • Law Enforcement
  • MSBs
  • Securities
  • Casinos
  • Regulatory Agencies


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Michael Schidlow
  • Michael S. Schidlow, CAMS-Audit

  • Financial Crimes Compliance Expert

Michael Schidlow currently serves as the Head of Financial Crime Risk Training for HSBC Bank’s Global Internal Audit Function. In this role, Schidlow designs and delivers bespoke training courses on anti-money laundering (AML), terrorist financing, anti-bribery/corruption (ABC), and anti-financial crime best practices across the company’s global footprint. Schidlow also leads the function’s Emerging Risk Advisory for North America, Latin America, and for the Global Financial Crime Risk teams. He consults on audit planning and audit scoping based on regulatory issues, enforcement actions, and external environment monitoring.

Schidlow previously served as an investigator for Bank of America’s Global Financial Crimes Compliance division, specializing in high-profile client compromises, complex fraud, and insider abuse allegations. Schidlow started his career working as an attorney concentrating on regulatory compliance and white collar litigation matters. Schidlow holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), ACAMS Advanced Certification in AML Audit (CAMS-Audit), and is a licensed attorney.


  • Paul Camacho, CAMS

  • Vice President, AML Compliance
  • Station Casinos LLC

Arash Kiadeh
  • Arash Kiadeh, CAMS

  • Investigator


John Tobon
  • John Tobon

  • Acting Special Agent in Charge
  • Homeland Security Investigations Honolulu