Conference Three 2017Amba Hotel, London | Tuesday 12th September 2017

Event Details are pleased to bring you the third 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 delegate fee includes refreshments, lunch and a post-event networking drinks reception, hosted by our friends at Gordon Dadds. The conference will be held at Amba Hotel Charing Cross, The Strand, London, WC2N 5HX

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 Three start at just £100.00. Please note our new pricing structure.

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2nd Release Admission soldout1
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4th Release Admission £225
Half Day Admission (AM/ PM) £150

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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 into the day’s busy schedule!


09:00 – 09:10

David Pelled,

Chairman’s Introduction

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


09:10 – 09:55

Data Driven Risk Technologies

Gavin Proudley
Global Director- Due Diligence, Dow Jones

Gavin will be looking into data driven risk mitigation technologies and how this can improve the speed and accuracy of the due diligence process. 

09:55 – 10:40

Employee Screening- A Hole in your Defences

Michael Whittington
Head of Employee Screening, The Risk Advisory Group

Michael will talk about how employee screening has been specifically referenced in recently introduced MLRO industry related standards, legislation and regulations. These include; ISO 37001- Anti-Bribery Management Systems, the Money Laundering Regulation 2017 and the Financial Conduct Authority’s Senior Manager and Certification Regime, and what this means for MLROs.

10:40 – 11:00

 Morning Coffee

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


11:00 – 11:40

GDPR – Myths, Mystique and Market Perceptions

Adam Wiseman
Barrister, New Leaf Advisory in conjunction with Gordon Dadds Financial Markets

With well under a year to go until GDPR D-Day, Adam Wiseman (Barrister-at-Law) provides a unique insight into the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Adam’s presentation will cover the legal view, practical application of the rules, typical challenges firms are facing and also take questions from the audience.

11:40 – 12:20

The changing landscape of AML regulations in the UK and the EU

John Karantzis
CEO and Managing Director, iSignthis Ltd (ASX : ISX)

John will be presenting on the changes and challenges faced with AML regulations in both the UK, focusing on the latest JMLSG draft and the European Union, with the introduction of the 4th AML Directive, Payment Service Directive 2 and the General Data Protection Regulations.

This presentation should give attendees an up-to-date view of the regulatory landscape in both the UK and EU, and what regulated merchants need to be doing to prepare.

12:20 – 13:00

MLD4/5 Risk Assessment- Failure to Comply and Enforcement

Andrew Tait
Partner, Gordon Dadds


Alex Ktorides
Partner, Gordon Dadds

Andrew will be presenting on preventive measures required under the 4AMLD with a strong focus on AML Risk Assessment – What it is? What’s new? How to quantify risk, how to address change of control as well as going through audits and reviews.

Alex will then take us through Failure to Comply:  disciplinary enforcement and white collar penalties. What should you be aware of and where should your focus lie in this matter. With all the new regulations coming through and the changing landscape, this is becoming more important that it has been before. 

Alex Ktorides circled

13:00 – 14:00


Selection of sandwiches, drinks and snacks available.


14:00 – 14:45

Criminal Finance Act 2017- Failure to Prevent Tax Evasion

Simon Airey
Partner, Paul Hastings

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Simon Airey will outline the key aspects of the new corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. He will highlight important features of the related Guidance and what companies need to be doing now. He will focus on the importance of a properly constructed risk assessment, an analysis of the risks related to certain categories of “associated person” and the need for tailored training for senior management, staff and relevant third parties. He will point out likely pitfalls for the unwary, provide examples of taxes and duties that may give rise to particular problems and will suggest what are to be likely areas of focus for HMRC and the SFO in investigating and prosecuting companies who fall foul of the law.

14:45 – 15:30

The Impact of Terrorist Financing

Andrew McDonald
Former Head of the NTFIU

Why we need to remain vigilant

  • Current terrorist threat and CTF issues
  • What are we experiencing in the UK and how it differs in Europe / other global areas.
  • Factors that might affect the overall threat – why CTF is different from other financial crime.

Good news despite the threat

  • How financial intelligence and contextual information is so valuable to CTF effort
  • The importance of developing the Public/Private sector partnerships
  • Positive impact of the UK JMLIT

How Board members or senior managers can ensure that the firm is compliant with law and regulations

  • Understand the Risk Based Approach recommended by FATF
  • Ensure the responsibilities of the Board in conjunction with the MLRO
  • What processes are in place to ensure that suspicious activity is identified, understood and reported via SARs to the NCA

15:30 – 15:50

Afternoon Coffee

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


15:50 – 16:40

Panel Session- Regulatory Conflicts

Jonathan Williams
Former Head of Payments & Strategy, Experian

Roy Ramm
Former Head of Soca & Chairman, Comsec

Dominic Thorncroft
Chairman, AUKPI

Colin Darby
Managing Consultant, Bovill

Emma Lindley
Director, Innovate Identity


The panel will be looking at how the various new pieces of legislation such as PSD2, GDPR and UK’s data protection bill overlap; and what to do when they do! The panel will also be addressing the issues of how different stakeholders are affected by each of these contradictions and how that can lead to conflicts of interest. This promises to be a lively discussion from a diverse panel of significant SME’s each bringing a wealth of experience and a different perspective on regulation, Regtech, financial crime and compliance.


16:40 – 17:20

Lessons learnt from the Fight against Daesh Finance

T S/Chief Inspector Patrick Rarden MBE
City of London Police Economic Crime Directorate

Patrick will be presenting on the challenges that countering Daesh with their territorial controls and pseudo state structures have represented and how the international community has reacted to the challenge. He will be discussing the issues that the different nature of Daesh’s economic activities presented and how these are likely to change as they lose control of the self-proclaimed Caliphate. In addition, Patrick will provide an insight into the importance of the public private partnership through the JMLIT in the UK as well as working with other industries to prevent the inadvertent helping of terrorist activities. The discussion will be under Chatham House rules.


17:20 – 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.