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THE DARK MONEY
CONFERENCE 2021 ONLINE

15 - 17 SEPTEMBER

Where Global Leaders Discuss Creating An Organised Response to Financial Crime 

Join hundreds of attendees and over 30 speakers at this year’s Dark Money Conference. We will be bringing together MLRO’s from Financial Institutions, Law Enforcement, Government bodies, Not-for profit global organisations, Investigative journalists, consultants and more VIRTUALLY to discuss the solution to combatting financial crime with a collaborative approach.

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Stuart Clarke

Head of Product, Blackdot Solutions

Stuart Clarke

Head of Product, Blackdot Solutions

Stuart is an internationally respected investigations and cybersecurity expert with extensive business management, consultancy, and leadership expertise. He has advised the United Nations’ peak cybersecurity body ITU and led the product strategy of several award-winning cybersecurity and investigation solutions at Nuix. Stuart has contributed to professional textbooks covering evidence preservation as well as publishing several industry-recognized white papers in the areas of Investigations, cybersecurity and GRC, including a recent global survey of regulators exploring Investigation best practice. Stuart is a passionate conservationist and a board member of Helping Rhinos, a charity fighting to save rhinos from extinction.

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.

Charles Delingpole

Founder & CEO, ComplyAdvantage

Charles Delingpole

Founder & CEO, ComplyAdvantage

Charles Delingpole is CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a technology company focused on wiping out financial crime using Machine Learning. As CEO, Charles leads the product development and growth of the company. His passion for the issue came from his time as the MLRO of a previous startup he founded when he realized the ubiquitous inefficiency concerning money laundering processes.

Over 99% of money laundering is successful, ComplyAdvantage is working to stop it completely. Founded in 2014, ComplyAdvantage works with over 500 enterprise clients across 75 countries. Backed by Index Ventures and Balderton Capital, ComplyAdvantage has four global hubs in London, New York, Cluj-Napoca, and Singapore. Charles set up his first company, The Student Room Group, now the world’s largest student discussion forum when he was 16. After completing his MA in Politics at Trinity College Cambridge, and then an MSc in Management, Strategy, and Finance from the LSE, he became an associate at J.P. Morgan Cazenove.

Jamie Bartlett

Author and Presenter

Jamie Bartlett

Author and Presenter

Jamie Bartlett is a British author and journalist, primarily for The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. He was a Senior Fellow at Demos and was the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos until 2017.

In 2014, Bartlett released his first full-length book, The Dark Net. In 2017, he published his second book Radicals Chasing Utopia, which covered fringe political movements including transhumanism, psychedelic societies and anarcho-capitalism and in 2019 he co-wrote and presented the BBC podcast series The Missing Cryptoqueen, which investigated the disappearance of Dr Ruja Ignatova, founder of the fake cryptocurrency OneCoin.

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 the Head of Financial Crime at Brewin Dolphin. She has a broad range of experience from various financial crime prevention related roles in banking and wealth management. Katarina has been a board member for ACAMS Netherlands Chapter and is now the Chair for the ACAMS UK Chapter, excited to support ACAMS and industry practitioners to stay informed of regulatory change, trends and best practices.

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. Josie was awarded the MLRO of the Year 2021 at the Themis AFC Awards, and was recently shortlisted for the Outstanding Achiever of the Year Award at the Ex-forces in Business Awards 2021, where she was highly commended by the judges for her determination and perseverance.

Dominic Mac

Chief Technology Officer, PWC Operate UK

Dominic Mac

Chief Technology Officer, PWC Operate UK

Dominic Mac is Chief Technology Officer for PWC Operate UK, one of the fastest growing business units within PWC.

Operate delivers PWC clients the operational horsepower, expertise and technologies, to solve their most important business problems.  He is responsible for driving the overall technology agenda for Operate,  ensuring ever tighter alignment with client demand and the wider PWC Execution Managed Services strategy, embedding technology into the core of PWC’s propositions and delivery and weaving all things Tech into the culture and DNA of PWC.

Dominic brings over two decades of experience in developing technology led service offerings and propositions for global banking and capital markets clients. He joined PWC from IBM, where he was responsible for leading the European and Asian managed services division. Over his career, he has held leadership positions within blue chip technology and global consulting organisations, working at the intersection of technology, consulting and operations, to provide services that help  clients transform their business and operating models.

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.

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.

Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan

Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau including the Irish Financial Intelligence Unit.

Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan

Head of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau including the Irish Financial Intelligence Unit.

Pat joined An Garda Síochána in 1986 and has worked in Community Policing, Drugs, Prostitution Investigations, Serious Crime Investigations, Fraud and Financial Crime 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, Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime from kings Inns and has recently completed a Leadership Agility programme with the Institute of Banking.

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 the lead representative from An Garda Síochána in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Review of Ireland and is trained as an assessor with FATF.

Fraud prevention and disruption, the recovery of victims finances and Money Laundering are at the top of his agenda.

Pat’s interests include:

  • Hill walking
  • Sailing
  • Travel
  • Gardening
  • Motor Sport
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 17 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 design or enhancement of financial crime compliance frameworks, she advises businesses and executive teams on their business growth strategy, enabling scalable and automated controls for long-term operational effectiveness and efficiency, and creating solutions that positively impact customer experience.

She has held senior leadership positions in the banking and payment sectors in the UK and in Portugal 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 the UK registered charity “Migrant Leaders” which 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.

Mark Doggett

Head of Compliance & Risk, Gemini Payments Limited

Mark Doggett

Head of Compliance & Risk, Gemini Payments Limited

Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and has spent his career in the financial services sector. Since 2002 , he has been engaged mainly in regulatory compliance, AML/CFT and risk and has worked in a number of multinational firms. A significant element of Mark’s focus is on anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism and he has experience across multiple jurisdictions.

Mark’s specialties include cryptocurrency, electronic payments, compliance, anti-money laundering and risk management.

Duncan Hames

UK Director Policy and Programmes, Transparency International

Duncan Hames

UK Director Policy and Programmes, Transparency International

Fighting corruption by day, studying internal audit reports by night… Duncan leads the public policy, business integrity and research teams of Transparency International UK, the British chapter of the worldwide anti-corruption movement. He is also a member of the RUSI taskforce on a trans-Atlantic response to illicit finance. Formerly a Member of Parliament, and still a chartered management accountant, he serves as a non-executive director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, chairing their audit committee.

Ben Cowdock

UK Investigations Lead, Transparency International

Ben Cowdock

UK Investigations Lead, Transparency International

Ben leads Transparency International UK’s research and investigations into Britain’s role as a hub for the proceeds of international corruption. This encompasses working to highlight the country’s shell company industry to give criminals nowhere to hide, strengthening Britain’s defences against dirty money and ensuring the UK offers no impunity to corrupt individuals. He has researched and written seven reports including “At Your Service” which analysed the role played by UK businesses and institutions in laundering the money and reputations of corrupt individuals and regimes.

Jane Jee

Chair, Kompli-Global Limited

Jane Jee

Chair, Kompli-Global Limited

After gaining a law degree and qualifying as a barrister, Jane gained broad experience in vehicle financing and all types of payments – card-based, e-money, internet and mobile.  She worked in both commercial and legal roles in the payments sector for over 30 years before changing her focus to compliance.

Jane was CEO at Kompli-Global Limited from 2016 until April this year when she moved to become Chair. Kompli-Global offers SaaS to defeat fraud and money laundering. These services include a remote onboarding platform (Kompli-QED) and within that platform,  modules covering adverse information searches (Kompli-IQ) and analysis of data filed at Company registries (Kompli-Konnect). Jane believes in harnessing the power of technology to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

George Greenwood

Investigative Journalist, The Times

George Greenwood

Investigative Journalist, The Times

George Greenwood is a data journalist at The Times and The Sunday Times who specialises in using freedom of information requests and analysing open data for investigative reporting. He started his career at BBC News, then joined The Times in 2018.

Pete Townsend

Founding Partner, Norio Ventures

Pete Townsend

Founding Partner, Norio Ventures

Pete is an early-stage startup advisor and investor, non-executive director, startup mentor and podcaster.  He has 25-years’ global experience in financial services at the startup and enterprise level with companies such as BNP Paribas, Fidelity Investments, Coinbase, and 25+ startups across Ireland, the UK and USA.  He is based in Dublin, Ireland and operates through Norio Ventures, an advisory firm helping early-stage ventures in fintech and digital assets get their products to market, get traction with customers and raise funding.

Pete is also the co-host of MoneyNeverSleeps, an Ireland top 20 weekly podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at the crossover of startups, enterprise, technology, finance and life as we know it.

Mitch Trehan

UK Head of Compliance and MLRO, Banking Circle

Mitch Trehan

UK Head of Compliance and MLRO, Banking Circle

Mitch Trehan is the UK Head of Compliance and MLRO at Banking Circle, and is a regular speaker at industry events. Mitch started his career in the RAF, training as a Pilot, before moving into financial services where he has more than 18 years of experience in traditional Corporate Banking and FinTech, having held senior positions in Citi, Barclays, JP Morgan, Ebury, Currency Solutions and now Banking Circle.

Mitch is the co-chair of the Interbank Payment Policy Committee (IPPC) for UK Finance, the chair for “Project Banking Access” for the Emerging Payments Association, and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Association of Foreign Exchange & Payments Companies (AFEP).

He holds English, Scottish and Northern Irish Law degrees, a Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance Risk and Compliance, and is a fellow of the International Compliance Association.

Colum Lyons

Founder & CEO, ID-Pal

Colum Lyons

Founder & CEO, ID-Pal

Colum Lyons is the founder and CEO of ID-Pal, an identity verification solution that combines multi-layered technology with a seamless user experience for higher verification rates. Prior to founding ID-Pal, Colum worked as a stockbroker gaining over 13 years’ experience within the financial markets. Colum is also a qualified charting analyst as well as a qualified financial advisor.

Alex Beavan

Head of Fraud Investigation, Western Union Business Solutions

Alex Beavan

Head of Fraud Investigation, Western Union Business Solutions

Alex Beavan is currently the Head of Fraud Investigation for Western Union Business Solutions. Previously he was in Law Enforcement for 30 years and served in the Counter Terrorism Command and Special Branch in the UK. He was also attached to the Ministry of Defence. He specialised in counter terrorism, counterintelligence, and terrorism / serious organised crime financial investigation. He has been involved in many of the most high-profile terrorism investigations in the last 25yrs including a number as the lead financial investigator receiving several awards. He has also presented across the globe on fraud to businesses, financial institutions, law enforcement, and intelligence groups. He is a subject matter expert on Business Email Compromise.

Jean Villedieu

Co-Founder, Linkurious

Jean Villedieu

Co-Founder, Linkurious

Jean is a co-founder of Linkurious SAS, a software company providing financial crime investigations solutions. With Linkurious, he has worked with various Fortune 500 companies to help them find insights in complex connected data (fraud, cyber-security, intelligence, etc). Previously he worked in the consulting industry on R&D projects and in sales. Jean has a degree in political sciences and a degree in competitive intelligence.

Martin Markiewicz

Founder & CEO, Silent Eight

Martin Markiewicz

Founder & CEO, Silent Eight

Martin Markiewicz is the founder and CEO of Silent Eight, a technology company founded in Singapore in 2013 that leverages artificial intelligence to create custom compliance models for the world’s leading financial institutions. With an educational background in mathematics, Martin is a serial entrepreneur and self-described “problem solver.” Prior to Silent Eight, Martin launched several successful startups in Europe and Asia, including a hydropower startup that he guided through a successful IPO. With his 16 years of experience in software and artificial intelligence solutions covering a wide range of applications, Martin has taken the challenge of helping banks outsmart financial criminals and money launderers, who are gaming their transaction systems, head-on. Martin was recently named one of the Top 50 Financial Technology CEOs in the world by The Financial Technology Report, in recognition of his leadership and accomplishments in the growing sector.

Jason Holt

Entrepreneur

Jason Holt

Entrepreneur

Jason Holt, is a passionate financial crime fighter, with more than 25 years of FCC experience. Much of this gained whilst working at some of the world’s largest and most complex financial institutions, including: JP Morgan as the EMEA GFCC Head, Bank of America as the Head of International GFC and at Barclays where he was the Global Head of AML.  In 2019, Jason moved into consulting, joining a boutique FCC consulting and Tech firm as the EMEA Regional Lead, and is now about to embark on new business venture in the FCC arena.

Prior to commencing his career in banking and consulting, Jason worked for the Metropolitan Police Service in a variety of specialist units, latterly as a specialist financial investigator at New Scotland Yard.

Jason, has been an active participant in a number of industry initiatives and bodies, such as The Wolfsberg Group, JMLIT and more recently as a member of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), AML Task Force.

Denisse Rudich

Founder & Director, Rudich Advisory

Denisse Rudich

Founder & Director, Rudich Advisory

Denisse is an ambitious, multi-lingual individual with experience in strategic advisory to executives and implementation in AML/CTF, sanctions, ABC, tax evasion, compliance, policy development and risk management in wholesale banking combined with experience in forensic investigations in the public and private (legal & financial) sectors.

She has a strong track record of delivery combined with vast international experience and exposure to senior policy makers / Heads of State, gained while assessing money laundering regulation and global security threats for the Group of 20 (G20) and Group of 7 (G7) Research Groups and regulators in the Americas

Samantha Sheen

Director, Ex Ante Advisory Ltd

Samantha Sheen

Director, Ex Ante Advisory Ltd

Samantha Sheen is a financial crime prevention professional with over sixteen years of practical experience in compliance. Sam’s previous work experience includes working as MLRO, Data Protection Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Group Head of AML for various financial institutions in Europe.

Sam worked offshore for several years as the first legal counsel to the financial regulator in Guernsey, heading up enforcement actions and the creation of its dedicated financial crime division. Her role included working with regulators from other jurisdictions in the investigation of complex offshore financial crime. She continues to maintain ongoing engagement with other regulators on a variety of subjects matters, including the transposition of Pan-European regulations and guidance related to financial crime prevention.

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 FinTechs, the use of RegTech and other innovative technology to mitigate financial crime.  Sam’s focus in this area is on the operationalisation of regulatory requirements and their alignment to the control environment.

Sam is a regulator speaker, moderator, subject matter go-to person for journalists and writers on various topics related to financial crime with a focus on tactics used by illicit actors to launder the proceeds of crime. In her free time, Sam co-hosts a financial crime prevention podcast, “Captivated Audience”.

Sam worked with ACAMS Europe as its inaugural AML Director and was instrumental in the development of training content and raising awareness around financial crime prevention challenges in Europe.  provides AML/CFT training sponsored by the Council of Europe and to private sector institutions.

Oonagh van den Berg

Managing Director and Founder, VRS - Virtual Risk Solutions

Oonagh van den Berg

Managing Director and Founder, VRS - Virtual Risk Solutions

Oonagh is an industry award-winning Compliance Officer based in Hong Kong, with over 19 years of experience in law and regulation, and a mother of two.

She is recognised as a global compliance industry leader in promoting innovation, improved culture and providing access to affordable thought-provoking compliance training opportunities.

She is the founder of RAW Compliance, a global compliance social enterprise, which provides free webinars, masterclasses, training and mentoring programmes to the compliance community. She is also the Managing Director of the global compliance consultancy firm Virtual Risk Solutions VRS, which supports FinTech and Crypto firms with regulatory licensing and the development of innovative, streamlined, agile and automated compliance risk frameworks.

Passionate about improving risk typology detection on socially imperative issues such as Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery and Illegal Wildlife Trading, she is also involved in various industry working groups and public-private partnerships.

David Balson

Strategic Risk and Security, Ripjar

David Balson

Strategic Risk and Security, Ripjar

Working on understanding how connectedness is changing criminal behaviour; cybercrime, money laundering, terrorism and fraud.

DAY 1 – 15 September

“HOW FINCRIME HURTS US ALL”

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: 'HOW FINCRIME HURTS US ALL'

Charlie Delingpole, CEO of ComplyAdvantage joins Graham Barrow and Ray Blake from the Dark Money Files as they welcome us to the conference and introduce the theme for the first day – “How fincrime hurts us all”.  How are you affected by financial crime? What is your role in the fight against financial crime? What are we doing to move the fight against financial crime forward?

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: 'THE SOCIAL HARM'

Starting from a social perspective, join our first panel session of leading investigative journalists, law enforcers and global heads of compliance as they discuss the social harm caused by financial crime. This panel will be comprised of leading investigative journalists, Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland and Paul Radu, Director of OCCRP, Martin Markiewicz, Founder & CEO of Silent Eight and  Rachel Wooley, Global Head of Compliance at Fenergo, as they discuss the social harm caused by financial crime. 

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: ‘THE ECONOMIC HARM’

Moving on to the monetary perspective, join our panel session of leading consultants as they discuss the economic harm caused by financial crime. This panel session includes Mitch Trehan, UK Head of Compliance and MLRO at Banking Circle, Matthew Collin, David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings Institution, Federica Taccogna, Senior Managing Director of FTI Consulting, Entrepreneur Jason Holt, and Neil Whiley,  Director of the International Sanctions Programme at UK Finance.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: ‘THE HUMAN HARM’ – The Daphne Foundation – Matthew Caruana Galizia

We end the first day of the conference with an update from Matthew Caruana Galizia from the Daphne Foundation as he talks about how he has taken the fight against financial crime forward in the past year with his continued campaign for justice for his mother, Daphne Galizia, an anti-corruption journalist who was assassinated in 2017. He will be joined by his barrister, Jonathan Price from Doughty Street Chambers to answer all your questions.  

12.00 – 13.00

WRAP UP AND POST EVENT NETWORKING SESSION

DAY 2 – 16 September

“FIGHTING FINCRIME SMARTER AND FASTER”

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: 'FIGHTING FINCRIME SMARTER AND FASTER'

Our speakers Duncan Hames the UK Director Policy and Programmes  and Ben Cowdock the UK Investigation Lead from Transparency International, join Graham Barrow and Ray Blake from the Dark Money Files as they welcome us to Day 2 of the conference and introduce the theme for the second day – “Fighting fincrime smarter and faster”. What are we doing and what can we do to expose the systems and networks that enable corruption?

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: 'USING TECH TACTICS TO FIGHT FINCRIME '

Starting from a technology perspective, join our panel of the leading players in the regtech field as they discuss how companies who are being exposed to more fraud than ever before due to the accelerated digitization over the past year and how this is changing the way they use data and technology to fight financial crime. This panel includes Jonna Jenkins, Global Compliance Director at Railsbank,  Charles Delingpole, Founder and CEO at ComplyAdvantage, Colum Lyons, Found & CEO at ID-Pal and Jean Villedieu, Co-Founder of Linkurious.

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: ‘SOW NOW TO REAP LATER’

Moving on to a strategic perspective, join our panel of leading consultants and MLROs in financial institutions as they discuss the issues MLROs are still facing and what we should be thinking about and doing now that will make a difference in 5 years’ time? This panel includes Mark Doggett, Head of Compliance and Risk at Gemini Payments Limited, Katarina Cook, Head of Financial Crime Prevention at Brew Dolphin, Priya Giulianai, Managing Director of Financial Crime Risk Management at Promontory and Marta Lia Requeijo, Head of Financial Crime at Clear bank.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

KEYNOTE: The Future of asset recovery

Founder of Asset  Reality Ltd’s Aidan Larkin discusses the future of asset recovery, following the crypto seizures in the US and UK eclipsing traditional proceeds of crime seizures. Is crypto asset recovery the key to dramatically increasing asset recovery returns for victims and governments? What can we learn from our approach to this brave new world that can solve our historical financial crime and asset recovery issues? 

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. 

  • What will we cover?

    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

Reserve your Place AT this Online Workshop

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 3 – 17 September

“TURNING DEFENCE INTO ATTACK”

09:00 – 09:30

KEYNOTE: “JOINING THE DATA DOTS”

Graham Barrow and Ray Blake from the Dark Money Files welcome us to the last day of the conference with the theme ‘Turning defence into attack’. They are joined by Rebecca Lee, Chief Impact Officer at OpenCorporates, the largest open database of companies and company data in the world in the keynote ‘Joining the data dots’. Rebecca looks at how open company data is working to shine a light on cross border illicit activity and what more we should be doing.

09:30 –10:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: “A MORE ORGANISED RESPONSE TO MORE ORGANISED CRIME”

Starting from a national framework perspective, join our panel of comprising fintech, data journalism, law enforcement and legal advocacy as they discuss how a more joined up approach can turn the fight against financial crime from defence into proactive attack. This panel includes Ken Keith, Barrister at 5SAH, Investigative Journalist George Greenwood at The Times, Pete Townsend Founding Partner of Norio Ventures, Frederic Pierson, Leading Expert at Europol and Oonagh van den Burg, Managing Director and Founder of VRS- Virtual Risk Solutions.

10:15 – 10:30

NETWORKING BREAK

10:30 – 11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION: “FIGHTING BACK WITH TECH”

Moving on to the technology perspective, join our panel of law enforcers and regtech experts as they discuss the new ways in which companies are using technology to fight back against financial crime and what more can be done. This panel discussion includes Stuart Clarke, Head of Product at Blackdot Solutions, Livia Benisty, Global Head of Business AML at Banking Circle, Jane Jee, Chair of Kompli- Global Limited and Dominic Mac, Chief Technology Officer at PWC Operate UK.

11:10 – 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

11:15 – 12:00

COMPLYADVANTAGE ROUNDTABLE: ‘WHERE WILL THE LIGHT SHINE BRIGHTEST?’

This roundtable which will talk through the key themes of the previous 3 days, how fincrime hurts us all, fighting fincrime faster and smarter and turning defence into attack and look towards the future of financial crime and how we can collectively further the fight. Speakers of the ComplyAdvantage roundtable include David Balson of Ripjar, Denisse Ruddich, Founder & Director at Ruddich Advisory, Samantha Sheen, Director of Ex Ante Advisory Ltd,  De Quincey Bailey, Money Laundering subject matter expert at HMRC and Alex Beavan, Head of Fraud Investigation at Western Union Business Solutions.

12:00 – 12:45

KEYNOTE: “THE MISSING CRYPTOQUEEN - the unfolding story"

Our last keynote of the conference is headed up by Jamie Bartlett, an author and  journalist who hosted the renowned BBC podcast ‘The Missing Cryptoqueen’ which explores the life and disappearance of Dr Ruja Ignatova, the founder of the cryptocurrency, OneCoin who persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. The story continues to unfold – this is one not to be missed!

12.45 – 13.30

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.

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