A Guide to Anti-Money Laundering for Crypto Firms

CA Conference: Europe

Designing Compliance

for the Future

The Agenda is now Live!

Compliance doesn’t have to be painful. Join us to find out how.

Returning following a hugely popular inaugural year, ComplyAdvantage Conference will address how to enhance the capabilities of compliance leaders, and the vital mission of preventing money laundering and some of the world’s worst atrocities, in a global landscape that’s awash with new threats. Taking place virtually from London and its New York sister event, the conference will bring together the efforts of industry experts and thought leaders for keynote speeches, industry panels and interactive discussions.

Virtual Conference
This year’s conference will be happening virtually, as well as being available on demand for one month afterwards to ticket holders. So wherever you are joining us from in the world there will be opportunities to meet experts, network and see demos at a time that works for you.

With a focus on the issue of designing compliance, answering challenges businesses are facing and offering practical advice on development of modern compliance, our themes include:

  • Exploring the state of compliance in 2020 and beyond
  • Upgrading your AML compliance in changing times
  • Examining the true human costs of money laundering
  • Looking inside the mind of money launderers and learning from the criminals getting away with it


Tuesday | Nov 10, 2020


09:45 – 16:30 GMT


Virtual Event


General Admission: £95 (ex. VAT)

Clients & Partners: Complimentary

For complimentary client and partner tickets, contact events@complyadvantage.com

Our Speakers

Charles Delingpole is a technology entrepreneur with over 10 years of executive experience in the financial services space across the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Previously he was the Co-Founder and CEO of MarketFinance, a corporate financial solutions company that has raised over $59M in funding, and before that he was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan Cazanove. Charles also founded the world’s largest student discussion forum The Student Room Group when he was 16. He holds an MA in Politics from Trinity College Cambridge and an MSc in Management, Strategy, and Finance from the LSE.

Charles Delingpole

Founder & CEO, ComplyAdvantage



Shachar Bialick is founder and CEO of Curve, the banking platform that brings all your cards into one smart app.

Shachar built Curve with a simple mission: to simplify and unify the way people spend, send, see and save money. Shachar and the teams at Curve are driving a paradigm shift, one app for all your finances. Everything in one place, right at your fingertips.

Curve’s partners include Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Mastercard and Checkout.Com.

Curve now employs 270 people, and has a valuation of around $250m. Curve is live in 31 European countries, including the UK, Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Portugal, Norway and Sweden.

Prior to launching Curve, Shachar built and led several companies, including those in healthcare, finance, e-commerce and mobile telecommunications. He’s an MBA of INSEAD, and launched Curve when he was 34. Shachar founded his first start-up at the age of 21, just after leaving the Israeli military. Curve is headquartered in London, UK.

Shachar Bialick

CEO, Curve

Graham has worked in financial services for the past twenty years, latterly providing subject matter expertise to a number of high profile banks in relation to their financial crime control frameworks.

He also works closely with a large number of investigative journalists helping them to identify and write about organised crime and corruption including both the FT and Berlingske (Danish newspaper) on the Danske Bank scandal and the ICIJ on the FinCEN Files.

Graham regularly speaks at in-house and public events to raise awareness of the close links between financial crime and the organised criminal gangs and corrupt individuals who are responsible for so much of the dirty money entering the financial system.

He also works with a number of NGOs (Global Witness, Corruption Watch, Transparency International) to help advocate for changes in policy at both a national and international level.

Graham Barrow

Director, Dark Money Files

Sophia Bantanidis is the Head of Regulatory Strategy & Policy within the Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) Innovation Lab. She joined on 1 February 2016 from Northern Trust where she managed a team as the EMEA Head of Regulatory Developments enabling the bank to commercialise regulatory change for clients as well as to comply with rules and regulations.

She is on the Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Powerlist 2019, 2018, and 2017 and a finalist for Women in Finance FinTech Champion of the Year (2018 and 2019) and Disruptor of the Year (2019) categories. Sophia stays actively involved in the broader global FinTech ecosystem, influences regulators as they formalise their innovation policy programmes, mentors FinTech and RegTech firms, actively represents Citi externally at key conferences/industry events, and regularly briefs clients on the intersection of innovation, regulation and technology.

Sophia Bantanidis

Head of Regulatory Strategy & Policy,Citi Group

David is an author, advisor, and commentator on digital financial services. He is Global Ambassador for Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy that he helped to found), Technology Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (the London-based think tank), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand; created one of the top 25 “must-read” financial IT blogs; was found by PR Daily to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson, rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments and was recently awarded “Contributor of the Year” by the Emerging Payments Association.

David Birch

Principal, 15Mb Ltd

OakNorth Bank

Phil has been a financial crime professional for over 10 years and is currently MLRO at OakNorth Bank having previously been the Deputy MLRO at Investec Bank since 2015. Phil has also worked as a Senior Manager at Lloyds Bank, managing their UK Wealth financial crime controls as well as spending three and a half years at the FCA as Senior Associate in their Financial Crime specialist supervisory team.

Phil Coole

MLRO, OakNorth Bank

VP Product

Paul has a broad spectrum of experience across the financial industry. He started in the UK M&A team in JPMorgan’s investment bank and later moved to BlackRock as a founding member of their Renewable Energy investing team. More recently at design agency Friday, Paul led the product design consultancy work for HSBC’s transaction platform HSBC Net which processes $13tn of transactions a year. He also led the product design on revamping HSBC Private Bank’s on-boarding platform. These experiences have helped ComplyAdvantage to focus on providing award-winning solutions for their clients.

Paul Huston

VP, Product, ComplyAdvantage

Sean is an AML Specialist at ComplyAdvantage, offering industry and technical subject matter expertise to create tailored solutions for our clients globally.

Sean has a specialism in both Fraud and AML Transaction Monitoring, designing and implementing large-scale TM projects for tier 1 banks, payment processors, merchant acquirers, FinTechs and other regulated financial institutions.

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 New York, London, Cluj-Napoca, and Singapore.

Sean Jones

AML Specialist, ComplyAdvantage

Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, RUSI

Tom is the founding Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security, including the use of finance as a tool of intelligence and disruption. He has a Master’s in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London, where his research focused on the effectiveness of the global counter-terror finance regime. Prior to joining RUSI in 2014, he was an investment banker for 20 years at J.P. Morgan.

Tom Keatinge

Director, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, RUSI

Rosie has worked in regulation & compliance for over ten years. Having studied law, Rosie spent time working for the Bar Standards Board responsible for the monitoring programs of the Bar Professional Training Course providers, and worked at State Street, one of the world’s largest banks, responsible for compliance monitoring and surveillance. With Earthport (now Visa Payments Limited), Rosie has been part of leading a compliance team growing from 5 to 30 people over 8 years. She is well versed in the compliance challenges in the international payment space and knows the importance of being able to provide robust assurance to a wide network of global banks and regulators, alongside ensuring that a compliance function remains efficient, scalable and most importantly, effective.

Rosie Larsson,

VP, Compliance, Visa Payments

Ricky has more than 20 years of experience conceiving, designing, and producing consumer products in a wide range of sectors. He has a wealth of experience in the financial sector, having designed and architected apps and products from beginning to end, including the redesign of Lloyds Banking Group and the original design of Revolut. His mission at sync. is to make banking beautiful and simple by allowing customers to synchronise their entire financial life in one app, as one experience.

Ricky Lee

Founder & CEO, sync.

Joy Macknight is managing editor at The Banker covering transaction banking and technology. Previously, she was features editor at Profit & Loss, editorial director at Treasury Today and editor at gtnews. She also worked as staff writer on Banking Technology and IBM Computer Today, as well as a freelancer on Computer Weekly.

Joy Macknight

Managing Editor, The Banker


Robert has earned global acclaim as one of the world’s leading experts on the financial escapades of the underworld. There is no one with more first-hand knowledge about how international banks and businesses cater to those who own the nearly $2 trillion in criminal proceeds laundered annually. For years, in the eyes of organized crime leaders he was a highly successful mob connected money launderer that helped manage their illicit fortunes. His clients, some of the most famous and deadly drug cartel bosses, offered a $1/2 million price tag for his head when arrests were made around the world and he was revealed to be a highly-trained U.S.federal undercover agent.

Robert is the New York Times bestselling author of The Infiltrator, a memoir about his undercover life, much of which was spent acting as a conduit between ruthless drug barons and corrupt legitimate appearing senior executives that cleaned billions in blood stained money through otherwise respectable international banks and businesses.

Robert has transformed his underworld experience and current day involvement in the money laundering field into a remarkable lesson for today’s business sector. He shares unique insights about how to build a team to identify and manage the type of risk that could otherwise inflict costly reputation loss for institutions, like those that have in recent years entered into Deferred Prosecution Agreements or otherwise been prosecuted for criminal offenses in connection with their movement of tainted funds.

Robert Mazur

The Infiltrator

Dr Navias is a banking and finance lawyer practicing in the global AML, CFT,  sanctions compliance and client onboarding and monitoring space. He also trains government and military personnel in AML and CFT and lawyers on KYC approaches and client onboarding. His most recent book is Finance and Security: Global Vulnerabilities, Threats and Responses (Hurst Publishers, 2019). He is attached to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London and the Centre for Defence Studies at Kings College London. The views he expresses in this seminar are his own.

Dr Martin Navias

Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Defence Studies

Senior Manager, Plenitude Consulting

Shahmeem has nearly 20 years of domestic and cross-border financial crime experience in advisory, regulatory investigations and enforcement, litigation, legislative drafting and public policy development, acquired through a variety of roles in mixed disciplinary teams, in both a private sector and governmental setting. He is an architect behind a number of the fundamental pillars of the UK’s financial crime framework and he uses his technical knowledge and understanding to craft pragmatic tactical and strategic risk-based solutions for issues that he identifies, or are brought to him for resolution. Shahmeem has acted as the trusted advisor and counsel to numerous Boards and Ministers of State in the management of complex legal, regulatory and policy matters, as well as providing in-depth advice and counsel in the design and execution of large-scale strategic financial crime change programmes on behalf of governments and the finance industry. Shahmeem has the industry Diploma in Money Laundering (ICA), is a (former) Financial Action Task Force Assessor (on behalf of the UK), and is a Barrister and New York Attorney.

Shahmeem Purdasy

Senior Manager, Plenitude Consulting

Matthew is a researcher and writer on financial crime and national security topics, and an independent risk consultant to the FinTech and RegTech sectors. He is also a regular contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review on serious organised crime, financial crime, terrorism and intelligence. He has extensive experience in financial services, having trained as a ‘front office’ banker for HSBC in the 1990s, and worked for the last seven years in various senior roles in that same bank’s financial crime risk function, leaving as Global Head of Strategic Intelligence in April of this year. He has also served as a government official at the MoD, and on secondment at the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) at the Home Office. He has extensive experience working in several fields of management consultancy for PwC and Matrix Knowledge Group.

Matthew Redhead

Associate Fellow, RUSI

Denisse has over 15 years delivering financial crime prevention, anti-money laundering, and counter-terrorist financing systems & controls across banking and public sectors, including as Head of AML/CFT Policy for RBS (CBD) and Strategic Advisor to Rabobank. She has worked with many top-tier financial institutions, as well as, holding the roles of Director of the G7 and G20 Research Groups (London), is a member of the WEF’s Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime, set up the first global AML/CFT working group for the crypto industry, and acts as a Senior Advisor to RegTech, FinTech, crypto / virtual assets firms, and The Sentry. She most recently acted as a technical expert on the Joint Working Group of InteVASPs Messaging Standards that issued the IVMS-101 Messaging Standard. Denisse is also an author, trainer, speaker and panellist at industry events and mentor to start -ups.


Denisse Rudich

Director, Rudich Advisory & CCO & Founder, ElemetaryB

Sam is a financial crime prevention professional with over 15 years of practical experience in compliance.  Sam holds a number of qualifications and is recognised as a subject matter expert in the field of financial crime regulation. Her previous work experience includes working as MLRO, Data Protection Officer and CCO and Group Head of AML for various financial institutions, both offshore and in Europe. Sam also worked offshore the first legal counsel to the financial regulator in Guernsey and subsequently set up the financial crime division, overseeing the examination of a variety of financial institutions. She has worked over the last few years on the analysis, interpretation and operationalisation of the 4 and 5AMLD requirements. Sam also chaired a series of working groups in Europe on the 5AMLD amendments and delivered feedback to a European Banking regulator on areas requiring operational clarification.

Sam has most recently been involved in projects related to FenTech businesses and the use of RegTech to mitigate financial crime. She most recently worked with ACAMS Europe as its AML Director, where she’s recognised as a subject matter expert and co-authored online certificate courses including AML for FinTechs and how GDPR privacy obligations can be operationalised alongside 4AMLD requirements.

Samantha Sheen

Financial Crime Compliance Officer, EMEA, Stripe

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Welcome Remarks: Designing Compliance for the Future

Digital transformation has never been more critical or present in the minds of compliance teams. As we look back on a year of rapid change from global issues and regulation changes, we examine key takeaways and what lessons we need to take forward when designing compliance for the future.

Charlie Delingpole, Founder, ComplyAdvantage (@ComplyAdvantage)


Keynote Panel: The State of Compliance in 2020

Our keynote panel looks back on a year of radical and rapid digital transformation, explores why innovation is as important as ever in the fight against financial crime and the opportunities that lay ahead for compliance teams.

  • Paul Huston, VP, Product, ComplyAdvantage (@ComplyAdvantage)
  • Sophia Bantanidis, Head of Regulatory Strategy & Policy, Citi Group
  • Tom Keatinge, Director, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, RUSI
  • David Birch, Principal, 15Mb Ltd


6AMLD Readiness: And What Brexit Might Mean

6AMLD is just around the corner, so for firms, ensuring smooth implementation will be critical, but as compliance teams post-Brexit work with European and UK legislation, we explore what practical steps firms can take to ensure a consistently high global standard.

Matthew Redhead, Associate Fellow, RUSI


Communicating Compliance: Buy-in from the Business

We’ll uncover how to ensure that compliance has a strong voice within your organization, the critical messages for working with and promoting compliance to your executive team, and the role of digital transformation in reducing inefficiencies.

  • Livia Benisty, Global Head of Business AML, Banking Circle
  • Phil Coole, MLRO, OakNorth Bank
  • Ricky Lee, Founder & CEO, sync.
  • Shachar Bialick, CEO, Curve


Tackling Human Trafficking

Exploring the true human cost behind in the sometimes abstract money laundering crimes, we’ll explore the lives impacted by financial crime, the role technology can play helping to disrupting human trafficking and the importance of a holistic sector approach in preventing exploitation.

Neil Giles, Director, STOP THE TRAFFIK


Lunch Break, Demos in Sessions Stream


Remaining Effective: Compliance at Scale

Fireside Chat: There will always be an inherent challenge between security and speed, between efficiency and customer service in managing compliance, but those challenges are magnified at scale. We will examine the role that technology plays in enhancing processes like transaction monitoring and how it can improve existing workflows. 

  • Rosie Larsson, VP, Compliance, Visa Payments
  • Sean Jones, AML Specialist, ComplyAdvantage


Getting Away with Money Laundering

High-profile money laundering cases like the FinCEN files are eye-opening but don’t always lead to visual change, our panel explores how criminals get away with it, what compliance teams can learn, and critically what more the sector can do.

  • Joy Macknight, Managing Editor, The Banker
  • Samantha Sheen, Financial Crime Compliance Officer, EMEA, Stripe
  • Denisse Rudich, Director, Rudich Advisory & CCO & Founder, ElemetaryB
  • Shahmeem Purdasy, Senior Manager, Plenitude Consulting


Terrorism Financing, Sanctions

As the UK begins to issue its own sanctions, our panel explores what this divergence might mean, the evolving landscape of terrorism finance and sanctions evasion and why a hands-off approach to terrorism financing just isn’t good enough.

  • Graham Barrow, Director, Dark Money Files
  • Dr Martin Navias, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Defence Studies
  • Neil Whiley, Director, Sanctions, UK Finance
  • Florence Keen, Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation


The Importance of Complete Digital Onboarding

    • David Birch, Principal, 15Mb Ltd
    • Charles Delingpole, Founder & CEO, ComplyAdvantage
    • Husayn Kassai, CEO, Onfido
    • Jane Jee, CEO, Kompli-Global


Closing Keynote: Inside the Money Launderers’ Mind

Join The Infiltrator and acclaimed former federal agent who for years operated undercover as a highly successful mob connected launderer, helping manage their illicit millions. 

Robert Mazur, The Infiltrator


A Guide to Effective Compliance

Digital transformation has never been more critical or present in the minds of compliance teams. As we look back on a year of rapid change from global issues and regulation changes, we examine key takeaways and what lessons we need to take forward when designing compliance for the future.

Vatsa Narasimha, COO & CFO, ComplyAdvantage (@ComplyAdvantage)


Fintechs: Paving the Future of AML?

Fintechs are no longer a new concept. Covering a wide range of segments, fintechs have been disrupting everything from banking to payments to lending and beyond. Utilizing new technology, implementing new business models, and growing at lightning speed, fintechs are putting risk and compliance tools and processes to the test. Are fintechs paving the future of AML? In our panel, we discuss the challenges that fintechs have overcome, the developing risks, and advice for compliance officers as their organization moves through different growth stages.

  • Charles Delingpole, Founder and CEO, ComplyAdvantage (Chair)
  • Adam Fear, Senior Compliance Manager, Affirm
  • Sarah Elliott, General Counsel & CCO, One Financial
  • Peter Singer, (Former) Head of Regulatory Compliance, US, Revolut


Financial Crime Against Older Adults

Elder Financial Exploitation (EFE) is widespread and damaging. Defined as the illegal or improper use of funds or assets, financial institutions and AML/BSA officers play a critical role in detecting and preventing EFE. Join us as our panel of experts dive into the world of financial exploitation and break down trends, tools, and how your financial institution can take steps to identify this crime.

  • Naomi Karp, Consulting Research Scholar, Stanford Center, AARP (Moderator)
  • Liz Loewy, CoFounder & COO, Eversafe
  • Ron Long, Director of Elder Client Initiatives, Wells Fargo
  • Theodora Lau, Founder, Uncommon Ventures


Leaks & Public Pressure: Catalysts for Change?

Over the past few years, Financial Institutions and Regulators have had their fair share of press coverage. From the Panama Papers to the Troika Laundromat to the FinCEN Files, journalists have written hundreds of stories related to sanctions, compliance failures, corruption, money laundering, and regulations. Off the back of the latest press, our panel discusses the root causes of compliance issues, their views on regulations, and their outlook for 2021 and beyond.

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