Ireland | 03. 07. 2018

Ireland Financial Crime Prevention Symposium

Acknowledged by senior offshore practitioners as the essential event for MLROs, Compliance Officers, Senior Managers and Directors, the symposium offers a valuable opportunity to reflect upon the challenges faced by industry, whilst also equipping delegates with enhanced awareness of the key risks in compliance and the fight against financial crime.

2018-07-03 09:00:00 2018-07-03 17:00:00 Europe/London Ireland Financial Crime Prevention Symposium Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin BPP Events events@bpp.com

The definitive compliance and financial crime prevention event of the year

Acknowledged by senior offshore practitioners as the essential event for MLROs, Compliance Officers, Senior Managers and Directors, the symposium offers a valuable opportunity to reflect upon the challenges faced by industry, whilst also equipping delegates with enhanced awareness of the key risks in compliance and the fight against financial crime.

The symposium will attract financial services professionals from around Ireland and Europe.

Who this event is for?

  • Compliance professionals
  • Consultants
  • Corporate executives (including CEOs and CFOs)
  • Senior managers
  • Risk executives
  • Directors
  • MLROs

Pricing & discounts

Price: 450

We offer the following discounts for this event:

  • 30% for ACOI members
  • 10% for ICA, IoD and STEP members (Discounts cannot be used in combination)
2018-07-03 09:00:00 2018-07-03 17:00:00 Europe/London Ireland Financial Crime Prevention Symposium Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin JIBS Events bookings@jerseyibs.com

Event Schedule

Opening address

Chris Usher, Chief Executive Officer of Jersey International Business School


International Bribery & Corruption Case Studies

Jonathan Benton, Former Head of UK Anti-Corruption Asset Recovery Task Force at the National Crime Agency

  • How dirty Nigerian oil money was washed through London
  • The reality of holding corrupt elites to account and the way the law has been adapting to meet that challenge
  • How there is a still a long way to go until bankers can be confident AML processes are applied with a degree of consistency across the globe

Bribery & corruption case studies in Ireland

Kevin Kennedy, Senior Associate at McCann FitzGerald

  • The changes in Irish anti-corruption laws that are likely to result from the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017
  • The Supreme Court appeal in DPP v Forsey which will address the rules on the reverse burden of proof in corruption cases
  • Recent instances of prosecutions of bribery and corruption offences in Ireland

Panel discussion: How financial services businesses can demonstrate that they are serious in the battle against bribery and corruption

Kenan Furlong (Panel Chair), Barry Robinson (Deloitte) and Jonathan Benton


Refreshment break


A case study on international coordination in the investigation of terrorism financing

Simon Riondet, Head of Financial Intelligence at Europol

  • Role of Europol in the use and coordination of financial intelligence related to terrorism financing, and the innovative techniques used for tracking funds intended to support radicalised individuals residing in the conflict zones
  • Importance of information sharing and its positive impact on detection, prevention of all forms of international serious and organised crime and terrorism
  • Case study: How foreign terrorist fighters benefit from professional money launderers and facilitators, also called money collectors
  • The use of a combination of official and unofficial (emergence of informal financial services (Hawala)) money transfer techniques by terrorists to move wealth anonymously

2018 Regulatory update

Brendan Lawlor, Head of AML/CFT Supervision at the Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland


As the competent authority in Ireland responsible for the monitoring and supervision of credit and financial institutions' AML / CFT obligations, Brendan will provide an overview of the AML / CFT regime and the expectations of the Central Bank of Ireland in the performance of its role as competent authority.

Brendan will go on to talk about Ireland’s Mutual Evaluation Report (MER) published by the FATF in September 2017, including the country’s overall performance and the subsequent follow up actions arising from the MER.

Brendan will also talk about current AML / CFT considerations for regulated firms including the legislative changes brought about by the EU’s Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the AML / CFT considerations for firms arising from the final text of the EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive agreed at the Trilogue meeting in December 2017.

Panel discussion: The universe of risk – how financial services businesses can manage myriad economic crime risk

Chris Usher (Chairman), Louise Byre (A&L Goodbody) and Ronan Guckian (KBC Bank Ireland)


Lunch break


The lessons I learned as a whistle-blower at Deutsche Bank

Eric Ben-Artzi, Partner at J&B Consulting and former Deutsche Bank Whistle-blower

  • The "wedding cake" hierarchy of public and corporate gatekeepers
  • My experience as a whistle-blower at Deutsche Bank and the capture of the various layers
  • The media (Financial Times) saves the day – investigative journalists do their job
  • The missing voice of rank-and-file investors. How can we bring more democracy to the corporate structure?

Seven deadly sins

Kenan Furlong, Partner at A&L Goodbody

  • The most common mistakes in managing AML compliance
  • Recent enforcement trends in Ireland and abroad
  • Recent developments in AML law and what's coming down the tracks

Bad Actor Data Breach Response

Chris Bollard, Partner – Technology and Innovation at Matheson


This talk will guide the audience through the steps that should be considered on learning that a data breach has occurred. We will discuss risk mitigation and remedial action as well as some options to quickly address the loss of corporate and personal data.

Refreshment break


Stemming the flow of the Proceeds of Crime

Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin, Chief Bureau Officer of the Criminal Assets Bureau


Panel discussion: Best practice in financial crime risk management

Chris Usher (Chairman), Karen Reynolds (Matheson), Hannah Mulhall (AIB), Joe Beashel (Matheson) and Laura Wadding (Deloitte)


Closing address

Chris Usher, Chief Executive Officer of Jersey International Business School

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Keynote Speakers

400 X 400 Simon Riondet

Simon Riondet

Head of Financial Intelligence at EUROPOL (European Police Office)

A French Police Superintendent, he started his career in the French internal intelligence service. He was then assigned to the National Crime Squad where he held several management positions, including at regional units (criminal and financial investigations teams), the Surveillance and Intervention Unit, and the direction of the joint inter-agency task force dedicated to the fight against drug trafficking in the French West Indies.

He was later appointed the head of the French liaison desk in EUROPOL, responsible for all French law enforcement agencies’ cooperation with the European organisation.

He is now responsible for the entire spectrum of financial investigations from money laundering and asset recovery to cooperation between the EU FIUs (FIU.net project).

400 X 400 Jonathan Benton

Jonathan Benton

Former Joint Head of the UK International Corruption Unit at the National Crime Agency

Director at The Sentry. Responsible for all policy, operational activity (global) and government relations across the EU. Accountable to The Sentry founders George Clooney and John Prendergast delivering the objectives of: exposing, tackling and preventing illicit money flows that support genocide, war crimes and human rights abuses in Africa.

Formerly an executive-level senior police officer with national responsibility for strategy, operations and performance relating to international anti-corruption and anti-bribery. Experience of running complex multi-disciplinary teams in areas of high sensitivity concerning UK economic interest and risk.

Achieved close co-operation with governments, agencies and the private sector.

Used to operating at all levels including ministers and heads of state.

Extensive experience in anti-money laundering, financial crime. Unique perspective on corruption-related risk across blue chip companies operating in Africa.

Event Speakers

Chris Usher 400 X 400

Chris Usher

Managing Director (Jersey) of BPP CI

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in international financial services, working both in the UK and offshore, for major financial institutions such as Barclays Wealth and Santander.

Formerly an International Investment Manager he advised both individuals and corporate entities on complex investment scenarios. He now specialises in delivering training in investment management, taxation and regulatory matters in international finance centres around the world.

Chris is a specialist chairman of a number of high-profile events, including conferences such as the Annual Compliance & Economic Crime Symposium and the International Taxation Conference. As an expert in the financial crime risks posed to international offshore financial centres, Chris was invited to speak at the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) conference on the topic of ‘Understanding the Criminal Vulnerabilities of Offshore Products and Services’.

400 X 400 Hannah Mulhall

Hannah Mulhall

Head of Group AML/CFT Group Compliance at AIB Bank

Currently Head of Group AML/CFT in AIB Bank.

Over 18 years’ experience in Banking with In-depth knowledge of Retail & Capital Markets operations. Over 8 years in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) / Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF) & Sanctions as a practitioner and specialist.

In-depth knowledge of AML/CTF & Sanctions legislation, regulations, and Industry Guidelines. Including UK & BSA/AML & OFAC regulations.

Key experience in the provision of advice, risk assessments, training, and Regulatory engagements.

Special interest in Correspondent Banking, Trade Finance, Fintech, and Payment Regulations.

400 X 400 Eric Ben Artzi

Eric Ben-Artzi

Partner at J&B Consulting and former Deutsche Bank Whistle-blower

Eric Ben-Artzi holds a PhD in mathematics from NYU, specializing in quantitative risk and valuation models. He worked for major Wall Street firms such as Goldman Sachs as well as small fin-tech startups such as BondIT. Eric worked in roles ranging from trader and structurer to VP risk. Eric teaches finance courses at Israel’s prestigious Technion Institute, and is actively involved in a number of innovative fin-tech projects

400 X 400 Karen Reynolds

Karen Reynolds

Partner and Co-head of Regulatory and Investigations Group at Matheson

Karen Reynolds is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Matheson, and co-head of the firm's Regulatory and Investigations Group. Karen has a broad financial services and commercial dispute resolution practice. She has over ten years’ experience of providing strategic advice and dispute resolution to financial institutions, financial services providers, domestic and internationally focused companies and regulated entities and persons.  She advises clients in relation to contentious regulatory matters, investigations, inquiries, compliance and governance related matters, white collar crime and corporate offences, commercial and financial services disputes, anti-corruption and bribery legislation and document disclosure issues.

400 X 400 Brendan Lawlor

Brendan Lawlor

Head of AML Supervision at the Central Bank of Ireland

Brendan is Head of AML Supervision, with responsibility for monitoring firms’ AML compliance. A Chartered Accountant, Brendan has worked in financial services for the past 20 years. Since joining the Central Bank of Ireland in 2010, Brendan has been involved in a number of international AML reviews, including the IMF’s Financial Sector Assessment Programme and Report on Observance of Standards and Codes, as well as the review undertaken by the FATF.

400 X 400 Laura Wadding

Laura Wadding

Director - Risk & Regulatory Consulting at Deloitte

Laura is a Director in the Risk & Regulatory Consulting team with Deloitte, and has over 20 years’ experience in financial services.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Laura worked with a large European financial service firm, and lead several company and group wide initiatives within the organisation, including the development of AML policies and procedures.  

Laura held previous roles in the areas of investor services and compliance, including acting as MLRO and DPO, and holds a Degree in Law from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Diploma in Compliance from the Institute of Bankers.  She has been at the forefront of regulatory developments in the financial services sector, in particular with the evolving Anti-Money Laundering landscape for financial institutions and the Investor Money Regulations for Fund Service Providers. 

Laura chairs the Irishfunds Operational Steering Group to help coordinate the efforts of several working groups, including AML, GDPR, Transfer Agency, Heads of Operations, Reg Reporting, Financial Reporting, Legal and Depository. 

400 X 400 Pat Clavin

Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin

Detective Chief Superintendent and Chief Bureau Officer at Criminal Assets Bureau

Pat Clavin was appointed as Chief Bureau Officer of the Criminal Assets Bureau in 2016. Pat is a Detective Chief Superintendent of An Garda Síochána with 36 years policing experience in a variety of roles. He served as a Garda and Sergeant in the Dun Laoghaire District. He was a Detective Inspector at the Garda National Immigration Bureau where he oversaw the implementation of the GNIB-IS computer system.

As a Superintendent he served in Cahir, Co Tipperary, as well as the Lucan and Blanchardstown Districts of Dublin. As a Chief Superintendent he served in Garda Headquarters and the DMR West Division prior to his appointment as Chief Bureau Officer of CAB. As CBO of CAB his role is to carry on and manage and control generally the administration and business of the Bureau. He is responsible to the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána for the performance of the functions of the Bureau.

Pat has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Management Degree (Administration of Justice Stream), a Masters in Science (Economics) in Policy Studies, A Post Graduate Diploma in Police Leadership and an Advanced Diploma in Corporate, Regulatory and White Collar Crime. He underwent the Leaders for Tomorrow Programme in Harvard University and has completed a number of professional policing courses in Ireland and abroad with CEPOL.

400 X 400 Kevan Furlong

Kenan Furlong

Partner at A&L Goodbody

Kenan is a partner in A&L Goodbody where he leads the White Collar Crime Group.

Kenan advises on internal investigations, whistleblowing complaints, dawn raids, money laundering, bribery/corruption and export controls/sanctions issues. He also advises clients on managing their relationships with various regulators in Ireland and abroad. He has advised on many of Ireland's most high profile corporate crises in recent years.

Kenan is Chairman of the International Bar Association's Business Crime Committee. He is a regular contributor to the national and international debate on white collar crime. He has presented to the Irish Government on draft legislation, lectures at a number of Irish universities, and has chaired/spoken at international conferences in Sydney, Washington, Panama, Vienna, Istanbul, Dubai and Dublin.

400 X 400 Barry Robinson

Barry Robinson

Director - Forensic at Deloitte

Barry is a Director in Deloitte's Forensic team, specialising in this area since 2001. He has worked on local, national and international forensic accounting assignments. Barry has extensive experience in the preparation of expert witness reports in complex commercial disputes and has undertaken forensic investigations for corporates and regulatory bodies. Barry is an Associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland(CAI) and holds the CAI Diploma in Forensic Accounting.

400 X 400 Louise Byrne

Louise Byrne

Associate at A&L Goodbody

Louise Byrne is an associate in A&L Goodbody's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, where her practice focuses on white collar and corporate crime matters. Louise represents and defends clients in government and internal investigations and prosecutions. She also advises on all related matters, including the design and implementation of anti-bribery and corruption policies, whistleblowing complaints and money laundering issues. Prior to joining the firm, Louise spent three years as a principal investigative lawyer at the UK's Serious Fraud Office, investigating and prosecuting high-value, complex and multi-jurisdictional bribery and corruption cases. Louise also possesses significant client side experience, having previously worked as an in-house counsel at a number of international financial institutions in London.

400 X 400 Joe Beashel

​Joe Beashel

Partner, Head of Regulatory Risk Management and Compliance at Matheson

Joe Beashel is a partner in the Financial Institutions Group and is head of the regulatory risk management and compliance team at Matheson.

He is a solicitor with over twenty years’ experience, most of which were gained in the financial services sector. Before joining Matheson in 2004, he was the managing director of the Irish fund administration unit of a leading international investment manager.

Joe assists clients with the authorisation of new entities by the Central Bank of Ireland including banks, MiFID / investment firms, fund services providers, alternative investment fund managers, payment institutions, retail credit firms and others. He also assists in expanding the regulatory authorisations of existing entities. Drawing on his extensive industry experience, Joe provides practical advice and assistance to boards of directors, senior management, in-house counsel and compliance officers in relation to the impact of new regulation. He assists clients in the effective and timely implementation of any required changes and works to provide a robust assurance that implementation meets legal requirements. Joe and his team assist clients to carry out reviews of their process and procedures covering issues such as anti-money laundering, MiFID suitability, client assets requirements. He assists clients prepare for reviews by the Central Bank notably so-called “PRISM” reviews which have become increasingly common.

When issues arise he assists clients in assessing the legal and regulatory impact and helps develop remediation plans. Where the Central Bank initiates its administrative sanctions process he works with clients to minimise the impact of any sanction imposed. He also helps clients who are dealing with complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman to ensure the most favourable outcome possible.

Joe is a member of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and the Institute of Bankers. He co-ordinates the drafting of course materials and lectures for the Institute of Bankers of Ireland as part of its Professional Development (Level 3) qualification. He has spoken and written on topics including the new Payment Services Directive, the updated Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and many others. He published a book, the Fitness and Probity Handbook which gathers together all the relevant materials regarding the Central Bank's Fitness and Probity regime. Joe's previous publications include the MiFID Directory.

400 X 400 Ronan Guckian

Ronan Guckian

Deputy Head of Financial Crime Unit at KBC Bank

Ronan Guckian is deputy head of KBC Bank’s Financial Crime Unit. Ronan is a qualified Barrister, specialising in theft and fraud offences. Ronan has over 10 years’ experience in financial crime prevention and investigation in the Banking sector, including internal fraud and mortgage fraud in the UK and Ireland. Ronan has worked on some notable cases including the Northern Bank Robbery, Thomas Byrne and Breifne O’Brien among others.

Ronan sits on the BPFI’s Shared Fraud Database Working Group and is a regular contributor to the BPFI’s Wider Fraud Forum.

400 X 400 Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

Senior Associate at McCann FitzGerald

Kevin is a Senior Associate in McCann FitzGerald. He has unique and unparalleled experience advising corporates faced with criminal and regulatory investigations. Kevin’s practice encompasses the full range of white collar crime offences, including fraud, bribery and corruption. More recently, Kevin has assisted clients faced with investigations by Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and has dealt with a number of investigations by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

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Chris Bollard

Partner – Technology and Innovation at Matheson

Chris is a partner in the Technology and Innovation group of leading Irish law firm Matheson.  Chris advises clients on a host of data protection, cyber-security, information technology and intellectual property issues.  In particular Chris advises local and international companies on compliance with data protection laws including GDPR compliance, data processing agreements, international data transfers, data protection impact assessments and data access requests.  Chris has particular experience advising international, data rich companies who are doing business in Ireland. Chris is a regular speaker on data protection issues and has lectured on the Law Society’s professional course for trainee solicitors as well as the Certificate in Data Protection Law course and the Diploma in Technology Law course.

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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

8 Golden Ln, Dublin, Ireland

2018-07-03 09:00:00 2018-07-03 17:00:00 Europe/London Ireland Financial Crime Prevention Symposium Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin JIBS Events bookings@jerseyibs.com