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ACAMS 15th Annual AML and Anti-Financial Crime Conference in Berlin Focuses on Fintech Topics

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Themed “Collaboration’s Next Wave,” ACAMS’ 15th
Annual AML and Anti-Financial Crime Conference
offered unique
insights and expertise on financial crime prevention for compliance
professionals. More than 80 speakers from countries including Germany,
the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Switzerland, Estonia,
Sweden and Denmark shared their strategies on combatting money
laundering and financial crime.

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Alexandra Jour-Schroeder, Acting Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General for Justice and  ...

Alexandra Jour-Schroeder, Acting Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission (Photo: Business Wire)

Twenty-three sessions held June 12-13, 2019, included a keynote address
by Alexandra Jour-Schroeder, acting deputy director general of the
Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission, and
special presentations by John Cusack, co-chair of Wolfsberg Group, and
John E. Smith, former director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In addition, there was a
cross-section of topics on risk vulnerabilities and risk management,
regulatory challenges, sanctions, bribery and corruption. Issues and
threats related to cybercrime and emerging payment systems were featured
high on the agenda, which was crafted to address concerns from
regulators, enforcement officials and finance professionals around the

Sessions included:

  • Catch Me If You Can: Thinking Like a Fraudster
  • Managing the AML Risks of Correspondent Banking
  • Regulatory Roundtable: Insights from Top Regulators on the Latest AML
    Trends in Europe
  • EU vs U.S. Sanctions: Addressing Multi-Jurisdictional Compliance
  • Safeguarding Your Institution from Cybercrime Threats
  • Mitigating the Financial Crime Threats of Emerging Payment Systems
  • Hot Topics in Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-financial Crime
  • Risky Business: Managing High-Risk Clients

“ACAMS continues to develop strategic, collaborative platforms with our
international conferences, providing timely information to professionals
focused on financial crime compliance,” said Rohit Sharma, president and
managing director of ACAMS. “As we continue to expand our global
footprint and meet the growing needs of our members, regulators,
enforcement officials, governments and the private sector, we work to be
the strategic partner of choice, in part by bringing respected experts
to our events.”

“Emerging payment trends, such as cryptocurrency, and the use of
technology were timely and essential topics of discussion at the event,”
said Angela Salter, head of Europe for ACAMS. “There is increased
pressure to hire personnel with the right IT and data skills for the
current compliance landscape, and to develop training programs that
promote tech literacy in an evolving landscape that includes fintech,
virtual currencies and digital identification.”

The conference in Europe is one of ACAMS’ four flagship conferences
annually. In recent months, ACAMS has expanded its volunteer-led chapter
network in Europe with new chapters established in Switzerland and
Poland, resulting in events being held regularly in more than 16
European countries.

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