Conference One 2017DLA Piper, London | Wednesday 18th January 2017

Event Details are pleased to bring you the first of our regular industry renowned conferences for 2017. Our conferences are always a great value, full day event, packed with major topical issues and expert speakers.

The conference will focus on the theme of investigations and enforcement, offering insights into managing and conducting internal and regulatory investigations, recent developments in money laundering, financial crime and tax legislation, the unique challenges of responding to incidents of cyber-crime, whistle-blowing, virtual currency issues, the prosecution of Libor and other financial crimes, global enforcement trends – and much more.

The delegate fee includes refreshments, lunch and a post event networking drinks reception, hosted by our friends at DLA Piper. The conference will be held at their London offices which are located at 3 Noble St, London EC2V 7EE on Wednesday, 18th January 2017.

The various presentations will be provided to paying delegates electronically post-conference*.

The conference will provide delegates with the information to enhance the scope and depth of their knowledge across a broad range of subjects, as well as earn valuable CPD points.

Tickets & Bookings

Tickets for Conference One start at just £100.00 for half-day attendance. Check out our exclusive website price list below.

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Agenda & Speakers


08:30 – 09:00

Registration & Coffee

Delegate’s arrival/ registration and a chance to grab a pre-event coffee and some nibbles before settling in to the days busy schedule!


09:00 – 09:10

David Pelled,

Chairman’s Introduction

A quick welcome to Conference One 2017 from our CEO and an update on the latest forum news and developments.


09:10 – 09:55

Simon Airey,
MLRO & Partner, Corporate Crime & Investigations, DLA Piper

Simon will highlight a number of recent developments in the criminal law which indicate that a new era of corporate compliance is upon us.  Legal developments and associated enforcement strategies in relation to ABC, AML, tax and economic crime generally point to a deliberate strategy to force companies to police compliance more effectively. This effectively shifts the responsibility for compliance very firmly into the Boardroom.  Topics for discussion include the proper preparation of risk assessments, the effective use of internal audit, the management of internal and regulatory investigations (especially involving cross-border issues), legal professional privilege, the benefits and drawbacks of cooperation with regulators, reporting obligations and the importance of effective public messaging.


09:55 – 10:40

Christopher Convey,
Barrister at 33 Chancery Lane

Having acted as junior counsel for Tom Hayes in the Libor trial, Christopher will offer a unique insights into this high profile and much debated case. Christopher will consider the practical reality of defending a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office for financial crime offences. Christopher will also consider who, in reality, is being investigated and targeted by the authorities, offering views on whether, in spite of public statements, prosecutors are failing to hold those at the top of financial institutions to account.

10:40 – 11:00

Morning Coffee

Selection of teas, coffees, cakes and fresh juice available.


11:00 – 11:30

Philip Wolfe,
Chief Financial Officer, Soma Oil & Gas


From raid to redemption – an insider’s view of a corruption investigation by the SFO.


In July 2015, Philip Wolfe was at home with his family when, early one morning, a team of investigators from the SFO conducted a raid in execution of a search warrant.  The allegations they were investigating related to bribery of government officials in Somalia.   His life as he knew it, and his future as he saw it, came to a sudden halt. And so did the business of Soma Oil & Gas. The next day, Philip attended an interview under caution that lasted over 8 hours.   18 months later, and following a failed attempt to force the SFO to close the investigation by way of an application for judicial review, the SFO confirmed that there was insufficient evidence to justify a continuation of the investigation.  Philip will share his personal thoughts and experiences and seek to remind us that however ethical your organisation and however well prepared you think you are, you can never be complacent and should always be ready for the unexpected.

11:30 – 12:15

Andy Cole CBE,
Former Director of Specialist Investigations at HMRC

As the former Head of Specialist Investigations at HM Revenue & Customs, Andy will offer his thoughts on how HMRC investigations and strategy have evolved over the last 20 years.  Andy will offer his insights into the likely impact of the Common Reporting Standard and other laws, strategies and initiatives aimed at tackling aggressive tax avoidance and evasion in the UK and overseas.

12:15 – 13:00

Sam Millar,
Partner & Deputy MLRO, DLA Piper

The rapid evolution of cybercrime is a significant concern for businesses and compliance professionals. Sam will consider some of the complexities that surround investigations into incidents of cybercrime and offer thoughts on what compliance professionals can do to ensure their businesses are prepared to deal with the difficult reality of this new and evolving threat. 

13:00 – 14:00


Selection of sandwiches, drinks and snacks available.


14:00 – 14:45

William Price
MLRO, Ladbrokes

As the former MLRO of Ladbrokes and a senior member of the AML team at the newly formed Ladbrokes Coral Group, Bill leads a team which is frequently required to conduct detailed investigations into suspicious activity and respond to requests from law enforcement agencies. Bill will reflect on his 30 years in the Metropolitan police and some of the lessons from this time that he applies to his role. Bill will also consider recent developments in AML compliance, offering views on some of the current and future challenges for compliance professionals, including those presented by the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

14:45 – 15:30

Siân Jones
Founder – European Digital Currency Association.

Virtual currency regulation – 4AMLD – Brexit – what’s next?

Siân is probably the leading expert in virtual currency regulation in Europe and a truly knowledgeable and engaging speaker.

With the European Commission now looking to specifically include virtual currencies in 4AMLD it is now imperative that we are all fully conversant with the actual issues at stake.

As Siân has had hands on input into the proposed new directive and also into FATF’s Guidance for a Risk-Based Approach to Virtual Currencies, no one is better placed to bring us up to date on the actual landscape and the possible outcomes that may come from the key decision points.

15:30 – 15:50

Afternoon Coffee

Selection of teas, coffees, cakes and fresh juice available.


15:50 – 16:40

Lord Ken Macdonald QC,
Former Director of Public Prosecutions

In this session, Lord Macdonald will offer his personal perspective on some of the key events in 2016 relating to the prosecution of financial crime.  He will identify the issues that are likely to be the focus of regulators and prosecutors in the future and the strategies that they are likely to employ when investigating companies and individuals.   He will highlight the key things that companies need to do in order to protect themselves and their employees and will offer his views on the legislation relating to Deferred Prosecution Agreements.  As eminent defence counsel, he will speak about the reality of criminal proceedings and key cases and events that have shaped his career.

16:40 – 17:30

Panel Q&A

Our panellists will be available for the usual lively question and answer session dealing with the issues raised by the day’s discussions and anything else the audience can think of!


17:30 – 19:30

Evening Reception & Networking

A fantastic opportunity to decompress with a drink and some food; and network with your peers and the expert speakers of the day, kindly hosted by DLA Piper.