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Anti-money laundering and financial crime conference 2019

Date: 29th August 2019

Time: 09:00 - 16:20

Edinburgh Hilton Carlton Hotel
North Bridge

CPD Hours: 5hours 30minutes

This AML conference aims to ensure you are aware of the risks of money laundering and financial crime, how and why it is conducted, how to identify it and how to prevent it.

5.5 hours verifiable CPD

It is estimated that hundreds of billions of pounds of illicit funds pass through the United Kingdom each year, often aided, knowingly or unknowingly, by law firms. These funds have been linked to corruption, terrorist financing and organised crime on a global scale. Research conducted by organisations such as Transparency International has concluded that British firms lack an understanding of why anti-money laundering is so important, their responsibilities in preventing it and how to identify it.

By beginning with the big picture of money laundering and then moving onto your responsibilities and how you can work with supervisors and regulators, this event aims to ensure you are aware of the risks of money laundering and financial crime, how and why it is conducted, how to identify it and how to prevent it.

The below programme is subject to change.

  • David Lee, Conference Chair
  • Martin Cox, Deputy Head UK Financial Intelligence Unit, National Crime Agency
  • Jane Jarman, Associate Professor, Nottingham Law School
  • Ramandeep Kaur Chhina, Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Callum Murray, CEO, Amiqus
  • Professor Emilios Avgouleas, Professor of International Banking Law and Finance, University of Edinburgh
  • Tom Stocker, Partner, Pinsent Masons
  • Graham Barrow, Anti-Money Laundering Expert
  • David Artingstall, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies

At this conference you will:

  • Discuss money-laundering on a national and international scale and develop an understanding of the role the Scottish legal profession must play in combatting it
  • Gain insights into what's involved when making a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) and it's relation to legal professional privilege
  • Identify anti-money laundering (AML) regulations on a national, European, and global scale, and the role of offshore jurisdictions
  • Explore the impact of advanced technology on the future of money laundering and financial crime
  • 09:00 - 09:20

    Registration, refreshments and exhibition
  • Speaker

    David Lee is an event host, conference organiser, writer, editor and PR consultant. He worked for daily newspapers for 20 years, latterly as Senior Assistant Editor at The Scotsman before establishing his own business in 2009. As Director of David Lee Media & Events Ltd, he has organised 100-plus business and public policy conferences and seminars and hosted almost 200 events for a range of public and private sector clients across the UK. David has covered legal affairs as a writer and consultant for more than 15 years and has been a judge in the Scottish Legal Awards since 2004. He has hosted a  range of events for the Law Society of Scotland and for several different legal firms. Away from work, he is a father of four children (and two dogs), a passionate coastal rower and an enthusiastic and rather noisy footballer.

  • 09:30 - 10:00

    The global scale of money laundering and financial crime

    • What harm is caused?
    • How can governments and firms co-operate globally, and what needs to be improved?
    • Where are the key hotspots and secrecy jurisdictions?


    Dr. Ramandeep Chhina is an Associate Professor/Head of Law at Edinburgh Napier University (Edinburgh, UK). She did her Masters (MSt) and Doctorate (DPhil) in Law from the University of Oxford, analysing the issue of fraud in international trade transactions. Dr Chhina has extensive experience of over ten years working as a practitioner, trainer, consultant and academic – in the field of international commercial law and transnational financial crime. Dr. Chhina’s research interests are particularly focussed in the field of international trade finance and financial crime, particularly investigating fraud, money laundering and bribery in international trade transactions. Dr. Chhina is a non-practising solicitor of England and Wales, a Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She has worked on various capacity building and technical assistance projects with different international organisations (OSCE, UNITAR, Belgian Development Agency, European Union, Council of Europe, and USAID) to strengthen the legal and regulatory AML/CFT framework and capabilities of the relevant supervisory authorities and stakeholders in different jurisdictions (including Albania, Armenia, Belgium, Georgia, India, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Palestine, Serbia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and United Kingdom) to combat money laundering, bribery and corruption.

    10:00 - 10:30

    The UK's role in money laundering

    • How is money laundered?
    • What part do professional enablers in the British legal, accounting and financial services sectors play?
    • Why is the UK an attractive location for money laundering?
    • Why is money laundered and who does it?


    David Artingstall is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and an independent consultant. His research interests include terrorist financing, the risk-based approach and public-private partnerships. He has authored several RUSI publications, including two recent papers examining the involvement of UK professional services in money laundering and terrorist financing.

    David's consultancy practice covers technical assistance and training at both policy and operational levels, delivered in a wide range of jurisdictions on behalf of a variety of donors. He has over 25 years’ experience in AML/CFT, ranging from terrorist finance investigations at Scotland Yard to various roles at the UK’s Financial Intelligence Unit and the Financial Services Authority.

    10:30 - 10:50

    Questions and discussion

  • 10:50 - 11:05

    Refreshments, exhibition and networking
  • 11:05 - 11:35

    How to make a Suspicious Activity Report

    • When to make a SAR
    • When and why should consent requests be used?
    • What should be in a SAR?
    • What is the role of the NCA and how do they work with firms?

    Martin Cox, Deputy Head UK Financial Intelligence Unit, National Crime Agency

    11:35 - 12:05

    Suspicious Activity Reports and legal professional privilege

    • Key case law
    • When not to make a SAR under privileged circumstances
    • Balancing the requirement to report with client confidentiality


    Jane was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and specialised in professional indemnity litigation before joining NLS in 2004 and is now an Associate Professor and a specialist in legal regulation and compliance. She has designed a variety of programmes, including the compulsory Risk Management Education Programme for the Law Society of Hong Kong, and the framework for the final qualification for registered trade mark attorneys. She has advised law firms and legal regulators on legal education and compliance in both the UK and internationally and is a member of Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Legal Education. Jane was also a co-author of the SRA’s CPD Review and a contributor to Butterworths Commercial Court & Arbitration Pleadings.

    12:05 - 12:25

    Questions and discussion

  • 12:25 - 13:25

    Lunch, exhibition and networking
  • 13:25 - 13:55

    Anti-money laundering and regulation

    • The risk-based approach
    • Global, European and national standards and potential changes
    • How are AML rules enforced?

    Tom Stocker, Partner, Pinsent Masons

    13:55 - 14:25

    Anonymous companies and offshore jurisdictions

    • What are the key rules?
    • How can the owner of funds be established?
    • How does secrecy enable financial crime?
    • What is the role of offshore jurisdictions and how do they relate to the UK?


    Graham has worked in financial services for the past twenty five years, latterly providing 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.

    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 and the role of UK entities in enabling this.

    14:25 - 14:45

    Questions and discussion

  • 14:45 - 15:00

    Refreshments, exhibition and networking
  • 15:00 - 15:30

    Using technology to combat money laundering and financial crime

    • Client due diligence
    • Sanctions, politically exposed persons and AM screening
    • Identifying beneficial ownership structures
    • Future developments


    Callum Murray is the CEO of Amiqus Resolution, a company building purpose-driven software products. Amiqus was founded in 2015 after Callum experienced the civil court process first hand as a litigant and was motivated to help make legal information and expertise accessible online.

    Amiqus ID, the first tool launched by Amiqus, helps firms to collect, analyse and manage anti-money laundering and compliance information whilst making the process simple and repeatable for clients.

    It is now accredited and recommended by regulatory bodies throughout the UK and has been adopted across multiple sectors. The Amiqus team have picked up multiple awards for their work including Entrepreneurial Scotland's Rising Star of the Year 2017, Barclays' Regional Startup of the Year 2017, Deloitte's Most Disruptive Startup 2018 and Tech for Good Award at the Scottish Tech Startup Awards 2018.

    Ramandeep Kaur Chhina, Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier University

    15:30 - 16:00

    Cybercrime: Online fraud and money laundering

    • Cryptocurrencies: risks and benefits
    • The Dark Web
    • How to identify and protect yourself from online money laundering


    Professor Emilios Avgouleas holds the International Banking Law and Finance Chair at the University of Edinburgh and is the founding director of the Edinburgh LLM in International Banking Law and Finance. Emilios is a senior research fellow at Edinburgh University's blockchain lab and his non-academic appointments include  being a Member of the Stakeholder Group of the European Banking Authority (EBA) elected in the so-called 'top-ranking' academics section and of the Euro-working group select panel for the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund. Emilios is currently a distinguished Research Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong (HKU) and a Visiting Professor at the department of European Political Economy, LUISS, Rome. He has been in the past a distinguished visiting professor, visiting professor, visiting professorial fellow and senior research scholar at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, National University of Singapore, Duke Law School, and CUPL (China-Europe School of Law). Emilios is a leading international expert on public policy and financial reform, banking theory, banking and capital markets regulation, International and European finance law, and global economic governance. He has published extensively in the wider field of finance law and economics, banking theory and regulatory policy, systemic risk and leverage, blockchain derivatives markets and systemic risk distribution, and behavioural economics and financial markets regulation.  He is also heavily engaged or is leading academic/industry projects aiming to build DLT-based markets for the trading of illiquid financial assets. Emilios is the author of a large number of peer-review journal articles and of highly acclaimed research monographs. Indicatively: Governance of Global Financial Markets: The Law, the Economics, the Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and The Mechanics and Regulation of Market Abuse: A Legal and Economic Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2005); and he co-authored the Principles of Banking Law (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed., 2018). He has recently co-authored and co- edited three research volumes: Reconceptualizing Global Finance and its Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Capital Markets Union in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2018), The Political Economy of Financial Regulation (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Emilios was also the Guest (co-)Editor of the Special Issue of the EBOLR (2019(20)) on Law, Finance and Technology touching on Fintech, smart contracts, and blockchain systems/markets. He holds and LLM and a PhD in Law and Finance from the LSE.

    16:00 - 16:15

    Questions and discussion

  • Speaker
    David Lee, Conference Chair


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