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THE DARK MONEY
CONFERENCE 2021 ONLINE

Where Global Leaders Discuss Creating An Organised Response to Financial Crime

Last year’s inaugural Dark Money Conference brought together over 250 attendees and over 30 speakers. Our speakers included MLROs from Financial Institutions, Law Enforcement, Government bodies, Not-for profit global organisations, Media, Consultants and more as they discussed the solution to combatting financial crime with a collaborative approach. 

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Graham Barrow

Director, The Dark Money Files Ltd

Graham Barrow

Director, The Dark Money Files Ltd

Graham is renowned for shining a light into the murky world of dark money. He is passionate about informing and educating professionals and members of the public on this subject and how it affects the wider world around us. With 25 years of experience in financial services, he has worked in locations across the world, providing his expertise to high profile banks, corporate, private, retail and wealth management.

He is a highly sought after public speaker and thought leader on the subject of money laundering, corruption, bribery and tax evasion in this industry.

Ray Blake

Director, The Dark Money Files Ltd

Ray Blake

Director, The Dark Money Files Ltd

Ray is an experienced anti-financial crime professional. He has extensive experience in the retail financial services sector, with a professional track record over his 30 years of experience in the sector. His particular area of expertise is regulation as it relates to this industry.

He is an experienced trainer and presenter, and has worked closely with a variety of banks to strengthen their defences against the threat of financial crime. His expertise has most recently been utilised in Head of Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting Officer roles.

Philip Creed

Director and Co-Founder, fscom

Philip Creed

Director and Co-Founder, fscom

Phil is Director and Co-Founder of fscom and has over 12 years experience of regulatory consulting, specialising in financial crime.

Phil’s experience has been gained in regulatory licencing applications and audits within payments, e-money, cryptocurrency firms and digital banks. He has a keen interest in the cryptocurrency sector and has assisted a number of leading crypto firms in the UK and Ireland gain their e-money licences. He organises and sits on a number of crypto roundtables across the UK and Ireland and regularly speaks at conferences on financial crime prevention.

Phil currently sits on the Emerging Payment Association’s (EPA’s) Project Financial Crime which aims to raise awareness of the impact of financial crime on the public, consumers and businesses and combat it through policy statements and thought leadership. He was formerly Head of Compliance for a global e-money institution in Europe.

Rebecca Lee

Chief Impact Officer, OpenCorporates

Rebecca Lee

Chief Impact Officer, OpenCorporates

Rebecca is the Chief Impact Officer at OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies in the world. OpenCorporates’ core mission is to promote global corporate transparency by making the world’s company data open to all, shining a light on the existence, ownership and activities of entities, and the people connected with them – particularly to tackle the use of companies for corruption, money laundering and other anti-social purposes. Their data has been involved in groundbreaking investigations including the ICIJ’s Panama Papers, Global Witness’ Narco-a-lago report, Transparency International’s London property money laundering report, and the OCCRP’s Troika Laundromat investigations.

Before joining OpenCorporates, Rebecca led PwC’s Investigative Analytics group – a team of 30 data scientists and investigators using data to detect, investigate, prevent and remediate a range of issues such as anti-money laundering, Know Your Client, bribery & corruption, sanctions and fraud. Her expertise across projects at PwC and her prior roles at Deloitte, include disputes, cyber breaches, reactive regulatory investigations and remediation through to proactive compliance and risk management. Many of the projects she managed were high-profile and especially challenging due to the complexity, scale and volume of the data, often with a global reach – involving periods working in Iceland, Dubai, South Africa and Switzerland.

Aidan Larkin

Founder, Asset Reality Ltd

Aidan Larkin

Founder, Asset Reality Ltd

Aidan Larkin is an Asset Management Consultant, Lecturer and Founder of Asset Reality Ltd (established May 2020). During his time at Wilsons Auctions as Asset Recovery Director, he ran the world’s first series of seized crypto auctions and managed a multi million pound portfolio of criminal’s seized and confiscated assets spread around the world. A former criminal investigator, Aidan’s background in asset recovery also includes presenting to global regulators and representing the private sector in front of intergovernmental agencies.

A visiting lecturer at the International Anti Corruption Academy in Vienna on managing complex assets such as cryptocurrency, he also works with law enforcement agencies and governments directly on an advisory basis. Aidan also hosts the new podcast “Inside Asset Recovery”.

Priya Giuliani

Managing Director, Financial Crime Risk Management, Promontory an IBM Company

Priya Giuliani

Managing Director, Financial Crime Risk Management, Promontory an IBM Company

Priya is a specialist in financial crime investigations and compliance with 25 years’ experience.  She is passionate about helping clients identify cost effective solutions that not only manage financial crime risk and achieve regulatory compliance, but also improve their cultures and lead to better customer experiences.

Priya has led a variety of engagements across the end to end financial crime framework, including risk assessments, independent reviews, large-scale regulatory investigations and remediation projects. She has worked on numerous Skilled Person engagements and trains boards, senior management and MLRO’s to manage financial crime risk.  She has written expert reports for legal proceedings and has also given evidence in court.  Priya has advised UK Law Enforcement Agencies on serious and organised crime cases through her investigations of money flows from drug and human trafficking, counterfeiting, fraud, bribery and corruption and money flows to and from terrorist financing organisations.   It is this understanding of how criminals operate that influences Priya’s approach to effective, risk based, financial crime risk management.

Prior to joining Promontory, Priya was a partner at KPMG.

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Director, The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Director, The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation

Matthew Caruana Galizia is the director of The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation. He worked at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), developing the technology that enabled major investigations such as ‘Panama Papers’ and ‘Paradise Papers’. In 2018, Matthew left ICIJ to continue working on the case around the killing of his mother, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was assassinated in 2017 following her investigations into corruption in Malta. Since then, Matthew Caruana Galizia and his family have worked tirelessly to tackle impunity and to unveil the truth about Daphne’s death.

Katarina Cook

Head of Financial Crime Prevention, Brewin Dolphin

Katarina Cook

Head of Financial Crime Prevention, Brewin Dolphin

Katarina is working as Head of Financial Crime Prevention at Brewin Dolphin. Previous roles include Head of Compliance for Europe Arab Bank, Dep MLRO for Bank ABC and Head of Conduct & Regulatory Affairs for RBS Netherlands in Amsterdam. Originally from Sweden, with a degree in Political Science and Russian, Katarina moved to London in 2005. She held a number of different KYC and AML related roles in ABN Amro and RBS, which sparked her interest in financial crime and led to a career in financial crime prevention within financial services. Always keen to engage with peers and practitioners from law enforcement, government, system providers and other subject matter experts, Katarina joined the ACAMS® UK Chapter in 2018 and took the role as Chair in 2019.

Josie Preston

Group MLRO, Caesars Entertainment EMEA

Josie Preston

Group MLRO, Caesars Entertainment EMEA

Josie Preston is the Group MLRO at Caesars Entertainment EMEA, a prestigious Casino in London’s Mayfair district. Prior to this, she was the Head of Anti Money Laundering and MLRO at The Ritz Club, a prestigious Casino in London’s Mayfair district. Josie has over 19 years’ experience in both non-remote Casinos and igaming; in the diversified fields of AML, due diligence, operations, strategy, training, and regulatory compliance and risk, with several established UK domestic and international operators. Josie is a veteran JNCO of the Intelligence Corps of the British Army, specialising in OSINT and SOCMINT military intelligence strategic investigation. Complementary to her military training, she holds an International Diploma in AML, and has a passion for the implementation of AML and intelligence in the gaming space.

Dominic Mac

Managing Director of Risk & Compliance Managed Services, Promontory

Dominic Mac

Managing Director of Risk & Compliance Managed Services, Promontory

Dominic is the Managing Director of Risk and Compliance Managed Services at Promontory. He has more than two decades of experience developing technology-driven managed-services solutions for global capital-markets and banking clients. He joined Promontory from Thomson Reuters (Refinitiv), where he helped global financial institutions comply with regulations through a comprehensive set of financial-crime risk management propositions. He also led the building of the industry’s largest know-your-customer utility.

Prior to Thomson Reuters, Dominic was a managing director and partner at Accenture, where he helped British and Irish financial services companies develop outsourcing and technology solutions. He also leveraged industry utilities and technology to help large investment banks and institutional banks reduce costs and increase quality.

Over the first half of his career, Dominic worked for multinational blue-chip technology companies such as Hitachi, Oracle, Siemens, and BT Global Services as a client partner responsible for the relationship of key banking clients.

Paul Radu

Director, OCCRP

Paul Radu

Director, OCCRP

Paul Radu is a director and co-founder of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software and a co-founder of RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania. He is the recipient of numerous awards including in 2004, the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, in 2007, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2011 the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a 2015 European Press Prize. Paul is an Ashoka Global fellow and a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network and other organizations. Paul also won a 2020 Sigma Data Journalism award.

Paul was working the Panama Papers and the Russian, Azerbaijani and the Troika Laundromat.

Ben Keith

Barrister, 5SAH

Ben Keith

Barrister, 5SAH

Ben Keith is a barrister and leading specialist in Extradition and International Crime.  As well as dealing with Serious Fraud, Immigration, and Public law, he has extensive experience of appellate proceedings as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and United Nations. He regularly acts for clients based in foreign jurisdictions who seek his advice on extradition, Interpol and associated issues. He is sought after to represent politically exposed persons in extradition, immigration and financial proceedings. He has significant expertise in the challenge and removal of INTERPOL Red Notices.

 

Frederic Pierson

Leading Expert, Europol

Frederic Pierson

Leading Expert, Europol

Frederic Pierson addresses asset recovery and anti-corruption issues in the recently created European Financial and Economic Crime Centre of Europol.

Formerly he has been a liaison officer in Europol dealing with financial crime for France, a financial investigator and further head of unit in Paris anti-money laundering unit and an asset tracer in a multidisciplinary asset recovery unit. Frederic was also a police officer in one of the most exposed to criminality Parisian suburbs.

Matthew Collin

David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution

Matthew Collin

David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution

Matthew Collin is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. His research includes understanding the costs and benefits of policies aimed at reducing illicit financial flows, including money laundering and cross-border tax evasion, with a particular focus on developing countries. He also works on making property rights systems more effective, improving domestic tax compliance, and measuring the effectiveness of age-of-marriage laws.

Matt has previously worked in the World Bank as an economist in the Global Tax Team and as a Young Professional in the Human Development Chief Economist’s office. He has also previously held positions as a research fellow at the Center for Global Development and as an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Finance of Malawi. He holds both a DPhil in economics and an MSc in economics for development from the University of Oxford and a BA in mathematics and economics from Clemson University.

Oliver Bullough

Freelance Journalist

Oliver Bullough

Freelance Journalist

Oliver Bullough is a freelance journalist and author from Wales, who writes about financial crime, often when it has a connection to the former Soviet Union. His articles appear in the Guardian, Prospect, the New York Times and elsewhere. His latest book was Moneyland, why crooks and thieves now rule the world and how to take it back.

Pat Lordan

Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, An Garda Síochána

Pat Lordan

Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, An Garda Síochána

Pat joined An Garda Síochána in 1986 and has served mainly in the Dublin Region. Pat has worked in Community Policing, Drugs, Prostitution Investigations, Serious Crime Investigations, Fraud and Financial Investigations, Financial Intelligence and Cybercrime. He has held the position of Detective in all ranks and has been at the forefront of the investigation of serious crime for over 30 years. Pat is a Senior Investigating Officer (S.I.O.) and holds a B.Sc. in Management Law from Trinity College Dublin.

In 2015, Pat took up his current position as Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau which includes the Irish financial Intelligence Unit. The Bureau is involved in many high-profile investigations and supports Gardaí throughout the country trained in Fraud/Cyber Investigation. Pat and his team have developed a Post Graduate Certificate in Fraud and E-Crime Investigation in association with University College Dublin. Pat was also the lead representative from An Garda Síochána in the most recent Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Review of Ireland. Fraud prevention/disruption and Money Laundering/Terrorist Financing are at the top of his agenda.

Neil Whiley

Director of the International Sanctions Programme, UK Finance

Neil Whiley

Director of the International Sanctions Programme, UK Finance

Neil is responsible for the UK Finance international sanctions programme. He has worked in the financial services sector for over 20 years, concentrating on sanctions compliance since 2009. Prior to joining UK Finance, Neil was the sanctions SME for Internal Audit at Deutsche Bank in London and spent over seven years at Lloyds and later HSBC helping both banks deal with their regulatory failings.

Neil is a Fellow of both the International Compliance Association and the Society for Advanced Legal Studies and holds an MSc in International Commercial Law and Financial Crime Compliance.

Marta Lia Requeijo

Head of Financial Crime / MLRO, ClearBank

Marta Lia Requeijo

Head of Financial Crime / MLRO, ClearBank

Marta is an accomplished senior financial crime and compliance Director with over 15 years’ leadership experience in the financial services industry.

Marta is currently the Head of Financial Crime Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting Officer for ClearBank. She has spent her professional career shaping compliance and anti-financial crime frameworks both in global organisations and at Fintech companies. With a vast experience leading the identification, assessment, communication and implementation of financial crime regulatory requirements, she advises businesses and executive teams on regulatory issues, policies and procedures, and systems and controls.

She has held senior leadership positions in the banking and payment sectors in Portugal and the UK at Citigroup, HSBC, Worldpay, GoCardless, Novo Banco Bank and Caixa Geral de Depositos Bank. She also operated in a regulatory capacity at the Portuguese Securities Market Commission to regulate and supervise Financial Institutions in relation to Money Laundering and Compliance.

Marta is a tutor for the International Compliance Association’s Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Crime Compliance. As a passionate mentor, Marta supports the next generation of talented young individuals to realise their potential. She is an Advisory Board member of a UK registered charity Migrant Leaders and mentors first and second generations of young migrants living in the UK. While not working, you can spot her enthusiasm for new adventures as she travels the world with her cherished camera in hand with her daughter, Madalena, as her “partner in crime”.

Federica Taccogna

Senior Managing Director (Partner), FTI Consulting

Federica Taccogna

Senior Managing Director (Partner), FTI Consulting

Federica is a Partner in the Financial Services practice at FTI Consulting, where she has built and leads a team of regulatory experts who assess and investigate financial crime concerns on behalf of regulators and enforcement agencies globally and assist regulated firms in designing and implementing financial crime control frameworks.

Federica has led numerous of the recent large-scale investigations (Swedbank, Latvian/ABLV flows, Vatican corruption, Italian Mafia) on behalf of regulators in Europe and the US, including a dual-track (criminal and regulatory) investigation into a major universal bank that revealed the facilitation of significant terror-related activity. Federica translates her direct, hands-on, experience of investigating complex financial crime schemes involving a wide range of jurisdictions into practical advice for supervisors and regulated firms and advises regulators and law enforcement agencies as to how to build and improve (intra-)jurisdictional infrastructure to prevent an investigate financial crime. She is a strategic advisor to the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and Malta Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit on the topic of financial crime and a Board Director of the ACAMS Malta Chapter.

Rachel Woolley

Director of Financial Crime, Fenergo

Rachel Woolley

Director of Financial Crime, Fenergo

Rachel Woolley is the Director of Financial Crime at Fenergo and is based out of the firm’s headquarters in Dublin. Rachel has over 12 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, having worked primarily in the funds industry and retail banking. She has a strong background in compliance, particularly in the areas of anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF).

Rachel is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers Ireland (ACOI) Financial Crime Working Group and currently holds four professional designations; Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (LCOI), Certified Financial Crime Prevention Practitioner (CFCPP) and Certified Data Protection Officer (CDPO). Rachel also holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Accounting from the Oxford Brookes University and is an ACCA Affiliate.

Fenergo is a leading provider of Client Lifecycle Management, AML/KYC Compliance and Client Data Management solutions for investment, corporate, commercial and private banks.

Jonathan Price

Barrister, Doughty St Chambers

Jonathan Price

Barrister, Doughty St Chambers

Jonathan is a barrister specialising in media defence work, and acts for journalists and NGOs across the globe investigating money laundering, financial crime and corruption. He’s a member of Doughty Street Chambers’ International Media Defence Panel and an expert consultant to the Council of Europe.

Livia Benisty

Global Head of Business AML, Banking Circle

Livia Benisty

Global Head of Business AML, Banking Circle

Livia is a Global AML specialist with experience managing teams in both first and second line Financial Crime functions.
Joanna Jenkins

Global Compliance Director, Railsbank

Joanna Jenkins

Global Compliance Director, Railsbank

Joanna Jenkins, Global Compliance Director, Railsbank. Recognised as one of the leading authorities on compliance and money laundering within the payments industry. She’s a reputation for removing the jargon from compliance; making it understandable and accessible to all. And one of the few Compliance Officers that can read code!

A founding member of Railsbank, taking it from idea to being consistently rated as one of the most innovative Fintechs globally. Railsbank’s API banking and compliance platform enables any business, or brand to be a Fintech. The company is a pioneer and innovator in Banking as a Service (BaaS), defining the future of finance for consumers and SMEs.Joanna leads an executive team, spearheading all new country licensing and liaising with the central banks; focusing on the company’s fast-paced growth and expansion. She’s played an instrumental part in one of the industry’s most sensitive acquisitions.

It takes true understanding of the technology that powers payments to have led Railsbank in the FCA process to become direct members of Faster Payments with a settlement account at the Bank of England. Simply put Joanna understands the payments plumbing like few others. Her global insight and strategic brief mean she’s regularly asked to comment on industry issues and for her perspective on regulatory best practices.

Former Co-Chair for the Board of Directors of the ACAMS® UK Chapter. She’s a member of the UK RegTech council and a volunteer for Stop the Traffik, an association combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

De Quincey Bailey

Money Laundering subject matter expert, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

De Quincey Bailey

Money Laundering subject matter expert, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

De Quincey Bailey is an investigation officer in HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS), Organised Crime Operations. He is a forensic subject matter expert in national and international money laundering systems, with expertise in the criminal exploitation of informal value transfer systems (IVTS). He has been a member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and an accredited member of the National Crime Agency (NCA) Expert Laundering Evidence Cadre since 2016. In December 2020, he was commended by the Director National Economic Crime Centre of the NCA for his outstanding contribution in providing expert evidence in support of complex economic crime prosecutions and investigations.

He has spent more than ten years investigating and prosecuting professional Money laundering networks exploiting the financial sector internationally, giving him continued exposure to a wide range of criminality, and the techniques used by organised crime groups to acquire, move and dispose of criminal proceeds.

De Quincey provides expert level technical support concerning Money laundering, Terrorist Financing or the application of the Money Laundering Regulations to HMRC’s FIS senior leadership team who are responsible for delivering HMRC’s response to the most serious attacks on HMRC core functions. He is a member of the cross-government Money Service Business Strategy Group.

DAY 1 – GLOBAL RESPONSE

On the first day of the conference, we will be focusing on the global response to financial crime and looking beyond the national frameworks to look for a joined up approach across the world.

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: A Dark Money Files Introduction to Global Response

Ray Blake and Graham Barrow from the Dark Money Files are joined by Oliver Bullough, author and freelance journalist who regularly reports for the Guardian as they welcome us to the conference and introduces the theme for the first day – the global response to financial crime. What is FATF’s focus on national structures? What is the role of the international non-governmental co-operation? How are the national authorities thwarted by international criminal endeavour? Borders are open to money but aren’t they also open to information?

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: PEOPLE - Organised crime, organised response
Starting from a people perspective, join our first panel session of leading investigative figures, the award winning Paul Radu, Director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Federica Taccogna, Partner in FTI Consulting LLP and Ben Cowdock, Investigations Lead at Transparency International UK as they discuss how creating a more organised and joined up approach to investigating can only improve the exposure of fraud, corruption and financial crime.

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: Process - National Frameworks vs. Global Crime

Moving onto process, how do national frameworks combat financial crime on a global level? We will be discussing this with experts including Neil Whiley, Head of the International Sanctions Programme at UK Finance, Jesse Spiro, Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Chainalysis, Matthew Collin, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Margot Gibbs, investigative journalist at Finance Uncovered.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: AT YOUR SERVICE - HOW THE UK HELPS CORRUPT INDIVIDUALS AND REGIMES LAUNDER THEIR MONEY AND REPUTATIONS

Join Tranparency International’s Chief Executive Daniel Bruce and Head of Advocacy, Rachel Davies for this keynote discussion and Q&A session.

12.00 – 13.00

WRAP UP AND POST EVENT NETWORKING SESSION

DAY 2 – Process and Outcomes

Day 2 of the conference focuses on the overall outcomes and how they are affected by the processes in combatting financial crime.

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: A Dark Money Files Introduction to Process and Outcomes

Ray Blake and Graham Barrow from the Dark Money Files are joined by Josie Preston, Head of Anti Money Laundering and MLRO at the Ritz Club as they introduce the second day of the conference which focuses on processes and outcomes. The UK’s recent FATF assessment and what it was measuring? How do we measure success in AML and why? As tech brings efficiencies to our existing approaches and creates new approaches, does it actually improve outcomes? What is the relationship between fines and outcomes? What does ‘too big to fail’ mean today?

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: Technology - Is the advancement in technology improving manual processes rather than advancing our approach?

Join this panel session where experts Marta Lia Requeijo, Head of Financial Crime/MLRO at ClearBank, Livia Benisty, Global Head of Business AML at Banking Circle, Rachel Woolley, Director of Financial Crime at Fenergo and Matthew Leaney, Chief Revenue Officer at Silent Eight discuss how technology can combat financial crime and affect the outcomes of investigations.

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: People - Too big to fail or too broken to fix?

We will be joined by leading experts  Priya Giuliani, Managing Director of Financial Crime Risk Management, Promontory, Blair Halliday, Chief Compliance Officer, Europe at Gemini and Katarina Cook, Head of Financial Crime Prevention, Brewin Dolphin as they discuss some of the most topical and recent fines from across financial institutions and the main challenge financial institutions face.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: Process - "Why Financial Criminals Hate OpenCorporates & Open Company Data"

Keynote from Chief Data Officer, Rebecca Lee from OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies and company data in the world. Open data is critical to increasing global corporate transparency and to tackling the use of companies for corruption, money laundering and other anti-social purposes. Hear from OpenCorporates on how open company data has helped shine a light on cross-border illicit activity, why access to this critical information remains under threat and what you can do about it.

12.00 – 13.00

WRAP UP AND POST EVENT NETWORKING SESSION

DAY 3 – Victims and Villains

Day 3 of the conference focuses on how the law treats the victims as well as the villains. What processes and technologies are in place to assist in this treatment and are these approaches effective?

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: A Dark Money Files Introduction to Victims and Villains

Ray Blake and Graham Barrow introduce the theme for the last day of the conference – victims and villains- with David Balson, Director of Intelligence at Ripjar. Do victims get a raw deal, even when governments do the right thing? Has entertainment and media fuelled our admiration of real life villains? Crimes against property, crimes against people? The importance of restitution and punishment and how does technology help victims of crime?

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: Process - Punishment or salvation?

Starting with processes, we discuss whether our legislative and regulatory framework is in place to punish the criminals or to save the victims. With speakers from global law enforcement and regulatory bodies including Frederic Pierson, Leading Expert at Europol, Ben Keith, Barrister at 5SAH and Patrick Lordan, Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau at An Garda Síochána.  

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: Technology – How can technology benefit the victims of financial crime?

We will be joined by leading experts including Dominic Mac, Managing Director of Risk and Compliance Managed Service at Promontory, Joanna Jenkins, Global Compliance Director at Railsbank, Steve Elliot, Managing Director at LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK and Ireland and Aidan Larkin, Founder of Asset Reality Ltd as they discuss how technology possibly should be doing more for financial crime victims.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: People - Daphne Foundation

Keynote from Matthew Caruana Galizia and Jonathan Price on the story of how the Daphne Foundation began and why their work is so important.

12.00 – 13.00

WRAP UP AND POST EVENT NETWORKING SESSION

UPCOMING Events

Everything Cryptoasset Firms Need to Know About Financial Crime Management

Join us for this free of charge training session and learn more about the latest in cryptocurrency regulation in the UK and Ireland, as well as getting a first-hand insight into some of the recent high profile cryptocurrency-related fincrime cases. 

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    Cryptocurrency regulations 

    • Understanding money laundering, terrorist financing and sanctions

    • Case studies in crime: how to identify and prevent illicit activity 

    • Creating and maintain an AML/CTF risk framework

    • Suspicious Activity Reporting

    • PEPs, Sanctions and Adverse Media Screening

Top AML Themes for 2021 - Arising from CBI’s ‘Dear CEO’ Letter

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DAY 1 – GLOBAL RESPONSE

On the first day of the conference, we will be focusing on the global response to financial crime and looking beyond the national frameworks to look for a joined up approach across the world.

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: A Dark Money Files Introduction to Global Response

Ray Blake and Graham Barrow from the Dark Money Files are joined by Oliver Bullough, author and freelance journalist who regularly reports for the Guardian as they welcome us to the conference and introduces the theme for the first day – the global response to financial crime. What is FATF’s focus on national structures? What is the role of the international non-governmental co-operation? How are the national authorities thwarted by international criminal endeavour? Borders are open to money but aren’t they also open to information?

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: PEOPLE - Organised crime, organised response
Starting from a people perspective, join our first panel session of leading investigative figures, the award winning Paul Radu, Director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Federica Taccogna, Partner in FTI Consulting LLP and Ben Cowdock, Investigations Lead at Transparency International UK as they discuss how creating a more organised and joined up approach to investigating can only improve the exposure of fraud, corruption and financial crime.

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: Process - National Frameworks vs. Global Crime

Moving onto process, how do national frameworks combat financial crime on a global level? We will be discussing this with experts including Neil Whiley, Head of the International Sanctions Programme at UK Finance, Jesse Spiro, Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Chainalysis, Matthew Collin, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Margot Gibbs, investigative journalist at Finance Uncovered.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: AT YOUR SERVICE - HOW THE UK HELPS CORRUPT INDIVIDUALS AND REGIMES LAUNDER THEIR MONEY AND REPUTATIONS

Join Tranparency International’s Chief Executive Daniel Bruce and Head of Advocacy, Rachel Davies for this keynote discussion and Q&A session.

12.00 – 13.00

WRAP UP AND POST EVENT NETWORKING SESSION

DAY 2 – Process and Outcomes

Day 2 of the conference focuses on the overall outcomes and how they are affected by the processes in combatting financial crime.

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: A Dark Money Files Introduction to Process and Outcomes

Ray Blake and Graham Barrow from the Dark Money Files are joined by Josie Preston, Head of Anti Money Laundering and MLRO at the Ritz Club as they introduce the second day of the conference which focuses on processes and outcomes. The UK’s recent FATF assessment and what it was measuring? How do we measure success in AML and why? As tech brings efficiencies to our existing approaches and creates new approaches, does it actually improve outcomes? What is the relationship between fines and outcomes? What does ‘too big to fail’ mean today?

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: Technology - Is the advancement in technology improving manual processes rather than advancing our approach?

Join this panel session where experts Marta Lia Requeijo, Head of Financial Crime/MLRO at ClearBank, Livia Benisty, Global Head of Business AML at Banking Circle, Rachel Woolley, Director of Financial Crime at Fenergo and Matthew Leaney, Chief Revenue Officer at Silent Eight discuss how technology can combat financial crime and affect the outcomes of investigations.

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: People - Too big to fail or too broken to fix?

We will be joined by leading experts  Priya Giuliani, Managing Director of Financial Crime Risk Management, Promontory, Blair Halliday, Chief Compliance Officer, Europe at Gemini and Katarina Cook, Head of Financial Crime Prevention, Brewin Dolphin as they discuss some of the most topical and recent fines from across financial institutions and the main challenge financial institutions face.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: Process - "Why Financial Criminals Hate OpenCorporates & Open Company Data"

Keynote from Chief Data Officer, Rebecca Lee from OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies and company data in the world. Open data is critical to increasing global corporate transparency and to tackling the use of companies for corruption, money laundering and other anti-social purposes. Hear from OpenCorporates on how open company data has helped shine a light on cross-border illicit activity, why access to this critical information remains under threat and what you can do about it.

12.00 – 13.00

WRAP UP AND POST EVENT NETWORKING SESSION

DAY 3 – Victims and Villains

Day 3 of the conference focuses on how the law treats the victims as well as the villains. What processes and technologies are in place to assist in this treatment and are these approaches effective?

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: A Dark Money Files Introduction to Victims and Villains

Ray Blake and Graham Barrow introduce the theme for the last day of the conference – victims and villains- with David Balson, Director of Intelligence at Ripjar. Do victims get a raw deal, even when governments do the right thing? Has entertainment and media fuelled our admiration of real life villains? Crimes against property, crimes against people? The importance of restitution and punishment and how does technology help victims of crime?

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: Process - Punishment or salvation?

Starting with processes, we discuss whether our legislative and regulatory framework is in place to punish the criminals or to save the victims. With speakers from global law enforcement and regulatory bodies including Frederic Pierson, Leading Expert at Europol, Ben Keith, Barrister at 5SAH and Patrick Lordan, Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau at An Garda Síochána.  

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: Technology – How can technology benefit the victims of financial crime?

We will be joined by leading experts including Dominic Mac, Managing Director of Risk and Compliance Managed Service at Promontory, Joanna Jenkins, Global Compliance Director at Railsbank, Steve Elliot, Managing Director at LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK and Ireland and Aidan Larkin, Founder of Asset Reality Ltd as they discuss how technology possibly should be doing more for financial crime victims.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: People - Daphne Foundation

Keynote from Matthew Caruana Galizia and Jonathan Price on the story of how the Daphne Foundation began and why their work is so important.

12.00 – 13.00

WRAP UP AND POST EVENT NETWORKING SESSION

MASTERCLASS WORKSHOPS IN FINANCIAL CRIME

Access hours of training through our masterclass workshops across a number of focus areas of financial crime

Masterclass Overview

The workshop offers a primer on open data and how OpenCorporates tools can support different people and organisations in the fight against financial crime.

We demonstrate how we used it in an actual investigation and how it enabled us to make links we could not have made any other way.

After viewing the workshop, you will be ready to get started with using OpenCorporates to support your own work.

Masterclass Overview

The workshop will look at the additional challenges that Covid brings to the AML world, and some of the ways that money laundering and pandemics behave similarly.

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to consider a checklist of potential measures to address the new threats.

Masterclass Overview

This workshop examines the use of AI in combatting financial crime in the financial services industry. 

You will benefit from:

  • – A technical overview of artificial intelligence (AI) and an understanding of its role in the compliance space.
  • – Key takeaways that will help you explain AI to the regulator, in layman terms.
  • – An understanding, via a debunking of common misconceptions, of what AI is not.

Join us in this workshop to discover practical approaches to understanding AI and hear real-life case studies on how businesses and consumers can unlock the tangible value of AI.

Masterclass Overview

Cryptocurrencies have the reputation for being cross-border and anonymous, and therefore attractive to bad actors across the world. However, blockchain analysis offers unprecedented transparency into financial transactions, providing insights into the 1.1% of cryptocurrency transactions associated with illicit activity. Though, cryptocurrency doesn’t just play a role in cybercrime. Criminals are also turning to blockchains to more anonymously launder illicit funds they’ve gained offline. 

In this workshop, Scott Johnston from the Chainalysis Public Sector Outreach team will walk through two such case studies. Scott spent seventeen years in UK policing, and the last seven were spent leading the Metropolitan Police Proactive Money Laundering Taskforce. His experience includes organized crime groups who launder their assets via cryptocurrency.

Masterclass Overview

Two thirds of companies in the UK see fraud as inevitable, but recognise the importance of lowering fraud rates to increase customer loyalty. Four in five are very concerned about the financial impact of fraud: the loss to the business; the impact on customers and revenues and the sheer cost of controlling fraud.

The losses alone are significant. Financial institutions estimate they’re losing some 2.5% of their annual revenues to fraud. For the larger banks, that’s around £50m per annum. In a typical month, financial services companies estimate that they fail to prevent almost half of fraudulent transactions. And those are just the fraudulent transactions they know about…

Across the UK, businesses are being hit hard, through all channels, by different types of fraud: friendly fraud, identity fraud, account takeover, first party fraud, synthetic identity fraud – no one type of fraud prevails. The disruption of the global pandemic and severe economic recession provides new opportunities for fraudsters, as does the emergence of new and varied transaction methods.

And the nature of fraud is evolving fast and transcending borders. Bot attacks are prevalent, with growing volumes from an increasingly diverse mix of countries, as fraudsters use mass-scale automation to launch global attacks. With malicious automated botnet attacks increasing rapidly, the majority of companies in the UK admit they find combatting automated botnet activity overwhelming.

So how can companies keep on top of the latest cybercrime trends and protect their customers and organisations from increasingly sophisticated fraud attacks?  How can they build better fraud prevention measures into their processes so as to be able to recognise risk in real time as well as building trust in genuine customers so that they can enjoy a faster and more convenient service.

Join us to hear the very latest cybercrime trends, from an analysis of 35 billion transactions over the last 6 months. Explore the impact of the pandemic disruption and economic recession on fraud and see how the spike in adoption of online and mobile transactions has impacted fraud rates and typologies

Masterclass Overview

In this workshop, you will learn why modern intelligence has little to do with the popular perceptions of spies and spying. You will learn about the frontiers of open source intelligence, about the issues of bias, fabrication, language, localism and filtering and how these challenges are being addressed with new advances in technology and reaching the holy grail of false positive reduction.

After the workshop, you’ll be able to challenge some of the methods and assumptions behind due diligence investigations as they are typically conducted now and describe the desired features of systems that might make a positive difference both to the fight against financial crime and the ability of banks and other institutions to make surer and quicker new business approvals.

Post-Conference Access

Due to popular demand, you can still purchase a ticket for the Dark Money Conference 2020 (now at a discounted rate of 50%). This  will allow you to view recordings of all sessions from the conference, as well as our series of 7 Masterclass Workshops, on-demand on our event platform.

£100 + VAT

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