AML and Financial Crimes Congress

19-03-2015 9:00AM 20-03-2015 5:00PM
Citadines on Bourke, 131-135 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3000
$1645.00 (including GST)
$1045.00 (including GST)

and Financial Crime

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This event is supported by ARCPA and Bureau Van Dijk


Thursday 19 March 2015
9:30am – 9:45am
Opening and Welcome
Congress Chair
Carolyn Hanson, Deputy Money Laundering Officer, Westpac, Australian Financial Services and Vice President, GRC Institute
9:45am – 10:30am
Keynote: Criminal Organisations and their money laundering ingenuity
Duncan McNab, Author and Investigative Journalist
11am – 11:45am
Unpacking the FATF Recommendations: What are our highest priorities and what’s coming next?
Neil Jeans, Director, Yarra Valley Associates
11:45am – 12:30pm
International Keynote
Facilitation of crime: Why your AML manual may be out of date
Tom Devlin, Partner, Stephen Platt and Associates LLP
12:30pm – 12:35pm
Crypto-Currency Crash Course
Jason Williams, President, Bitcoin Association of Australia
1:30pm – 2:15pm
15 minutes with the Board: How do you effectively communicate your message to senior management
Sandra Birkensleigh, Non-Executive Director, Nab Wealth, MLC and Wide Bay Australia Limited
2:15pm – 2:45pm
Regulator Address: AUSTRAC
Richard Lee, Director, Compliance (Remitters Team)
2:45pm – 3:30pm
The future of Bitcoin: Virtual Currencies in practice and AML/financial crime concerns
Jason Williams, President, Bitcoin Association of Australia
4pm – 4:45pm
When law enforcement comes knocking
Carolyn Hanson, Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Westpac & Director, GRC Institute
Sundowners on the balcony
and a toast to Joy Geary

Friday 20 March 2015
8:50am – 9am
Welcome from Congress Chair
Martin Tolar, Managing Director, GRC Institute
9:00am  - 9:45am
War Stories: Real life case studies
David Gray, Manager Proceeds of Crime Litigation, Australian Federal Police
9:45am – 10:30
Managing change: Skills you need as an AML Professional
Michelle Gibbings, Director, Change Meridian
11pm – 1pm
Simulated Group Workshop
Your organisation is faced with a major AML challenge. Do you have the right strategy to tackle the issue quickly and mitigate the risks? You and your team will work through a set of evolving scenarios where the ‘correct’ course of action may be ambiguous. We’ll be calling on your knowledge, expertise, opinions and in some cases, interpretation of the regulations. This experience is designed to get you thinking creatively to solve complex problems and to have a lot of fun.
Got an idea for a scenario? We want to know! Please email
short, sharp sessions designed to deliver content and pack a punch
   2pm – 2:15pm
   The top 10 risks/threats for 2015
   Julian Hunn, Operations Manager, Professional Standards, Centrepoint Alliance      
   2:15pm – 2:30pm
   10 things I wouldn’t do if I was remediating again
   Neil Woods, Director, Alexander Clare Services Pty Ltd
   2:30pm – 2:45pm
   Toolkit for MLROs: the top 50 best resources
   Carolyn Hanson, Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer, Westpac & Director , GRC Institute
   2:45pm – 3pm
   To PEP or not to PEP?…..that is the question.

   We’ll fire off a list of names for debate.
   3pm – 3:15pm
    ISO/CD37001: Designing a new international benchmark for the creation of anti-bribery compliance frameworks
   Martin Tolar, Managing Director, GRCI
   3:15pm – 3:30pm
   Sophisticated scams and fraud
   Julian Hunn, Operations Manager, Professional Standards, Centrepoint Alliance       
4pm – 4:45pm
The hierarchy of sanctions: What do you do with the information?
Gail Carter, Group Sanctions Officer, Director, Enterprise Financial Crime, Enterprise Risk, Westpac, Australian Financial Services
Congress Close 


About our Speakers

Duncan McNab, Author and Investigative Journalist

After being asked to leave a few universities where he was studying law and music, Duncan joined the NSW Police Force - it seemed like a good idea at the time. He spent most of his nine year career in the ‘best police force money can buy’ as a detective with specialty in fraud and later anti-corruption/internal investigations. After fleeing the force, he became an investigator in the corporate sector and in major criminal defence, working on high profile matters like the “Mr Bubbles’ child abuse case, chasing the assets of Alan Bond and his peers, defamation and the first product liability cases in Australia. He then took his unusual skills across into the media, working in print and in long form television with current affairs with stories that included chasing former Nazis, missing Australian fraudsters and some ‘colourful’ types who made a lot of money in Griffith but not from the wine business. Duncan has also been an adviser on media and issues management to government in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Duncan is the bestselling author of eight books – The Usual Suspect (Pan Macmillan 2005), The Dodger (Pan Macmillan 2006 and re-released 2014), Dead Man Running (with Ross Coulthart – Allen and Unwin Australia 2008 and Atlantic Books UK 2011, Above the Law (with Ross Coulthart – Allen and Unwin 2010), Mission 101 (Pan Macmillan Australia 2011, The History Press UK 2012), Killing Mr Rent-A-Kill (Pan Macmillan 2012), Outlaw Bikers in Australia (Pan Macmillan July 2013), Cargo of Crooks (Hachette 2015). His first US market book – Public Enemy Number One (the story of Sinaloa Cartel boss ‘Shorty’ Guzman) has just been commissioned by UPNE and will be released in 2016. Duncan has just signed for another book on Roger ‘The Dodger’ Rogerson. 
Duncan lives in London but spends most of his year somewhere else which might include Australia, North America or Asia. He recently did a research trip to Sinaloa in Mexico - a return visit is unlikely.

Tom Devlin, Partner, Stephen Platt & Associates LLP

Tom is a partner at Stephen Platt & Associates LLP, a firm specialising in acting for regulatory authorities in the conduct of investigations and skilled person reports and for financial institutions on large-scale remediation projects following enforcement action.  He is also a door tenant at 23 Essex Street, a leading set of barristers' chambers in London which specialises in regulatory and criminal law.  Prior to coming to the Bar, Tom worked in M&A at Rothschild.
Tom has advised regulators, banks, investment funds, trust companies, and professional bodies.  His areas of expertise include AML/CFT, sanctions, US extraterritoriality and corruption.  He has recently acted for the regulator of a major offshore financial centre in drafting revisions to its AML/CFT regulatory framework.  He has also assisted regulators with preparations for assessment visits by international standard-setting bodies.
In February 2015, Tom was invited to address the staff and invited guests of the US Securities and Exchange Commission on the subjects of criminal facilitation and excessive risk taking behaviours.  For more information on these subjects, see Stephen Platt’s recently published book, Criminal Capital.

Jason Williams, President, Bitcoin Association of Australia

Jason has been passionate about IT from a young age and has been involved with emerging technologies from early stages including the roll out of cable internet in Australia. He believes Bitcoin is a technology set to revolutionise the world and is ardent in his desire for it to grow and mature into an everyday technology for everybody. With a career spanning 20 years, he brings experience from the banking and ISP sectors (both in Australia and from Europe) to the Bitcoin Association of Australia.

  Neil Jeans, Director, Yarra Valley Associates

Neil has a unique background in financial crime risk management, spanning over 20 years. This includes working within Law Enforcement investigating financial crime, including domestic and international fraud and money laundering, and also as a Financial Services Regulator, developing financial crime regulation and supervision techniques.

He has also worked at senior levels managing AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery compliance across Europe, the US, Latin America, Asia and Australia for four global Financial Institutions, including one of the major Australian banks.

Neil has also been a Director at a “big 4” Consultancy Firm, where he advised clients within financial services, and from the resources and charities/NGO sectors, in relation to AML/CTF, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery & Corruption matters.

Based in Australia, Neil runs his own consultancy practice which provides advice and assistance to financial services businesses and in relation to financial crime risk, controls and regulation, including Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Financing (CTF), Sanctions, and Anti-Bribery & Corruption (ABC) globally.

David Gray, Manager, Proceeds of Crime Litigation, Australian Federal Police

David Gray has been an Australian lawyer for 30 years, with over 20 years post admission experience as a solicitor/advocate, including 15 years criminal law experience. David has worked in a variety of legal roles; developing his extensive experience in proceeds of crime litigation in his position as the Manager Proceeds of Crime Directorate within the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) from 2002 to 2011.
In January 2012, David commenced with the AFP in the newly appointed position of Manager Proceeds of Crime Litigation. In this role, David is leading the establishment of the AFP’s Proceeds of Crime Litigation capability, which forms part of the AFP-led Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce (CACT). The Taskforce brings together resources from the AFP, Australian Crime Commission, Australian Taxation Office and Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in a collaborative effort to enhance the identification and confiscation of criminal assets.
In April 2012, David managed the successful restraint of over AUD$50 million worth of assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Commonwealth), connected to a tax fraud investigation. In 2013/14, in excess of AUD$134 million was restrained.

Martin Tolar, Managing Director, GRC Institute
Martin Tolar has had 14 year's experience working within the association sector, eight of which have been with the GRC Institute as Managing Director. Martin has been invited to speak at numerous local and international conferences, particularly in relation to compliance, risk management and anti-corruption.

Martin has also been a University Lecturer in economics, finance and management and possesses a strong understanding of government and it's practices due to time spent in local and federal Government.

He is the current chair of the internaitonal committee of the ISO19600 and the chair of the Australian committee that is working to create a new ISO Anti-Bribery standard. He holds a Masters in Commerce (Hons) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as being a Certified Compliance Professional.