‘Super Bowl’ of financial crime draws financial crime players and leading experts to New York for ACFCS Conference, February 5-7


Date: January 29, 2014
By: ACFCS Staff

Three days after the top United States professional football teams clash in the Super Bowl near New York, many of the leading players in the financial crime field will gather in Manhattan for a scrimmage of their own to tackle the most pressing financial crime issues they face.

The encounter will take place at the ACFCS 2014 Financial Crime Conference & Exhibition on February 5-7 at the Marriott Marquis, New York.

More than 40 senior financial crime compliance officials, regulators, law enforcement agents, and other veterans will train attendees coming from many regions. Attendees will have 12 opportunities at top-rated networking events to meet the experts, their fellow attendees and first-class service providers and the Exhibition Hall.

The Conference will provide hands-on training on the hottest topics in financial crime, such as virtual currency, threat finance, cybersecurity, the law called FATCA, which takes effect July 1, anti-money laundering and other topics.

Some of the top 41 experts, who make up the outstanding speaker roster, and their contributions, are:

  • Barry Koch, Chief Compliance Officer, Western Unionthought leader in financial crime and the new quantitative, data-driven approach to AML; a global expert in financial crime compliance at money services businesses and banks
  • Serrin Turner, US Federal Prosecutor, Manhattanspecializes in virtual currency prosecutions and leads the landmark cases involving Liberty Reserve, Silk Road and others
  • Jim Bischoff, Chief, Counter Threat Finance, US Special Operations CommandSpearheads the US military’s operational mission to choke off the finances of national security threats, such as terrorism, drug, human and weapons trafficking and foreign corruption, in collaboration with financial institutions and other private sector entities
  • Hon. Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services of The Bahamas – has launched a Center for Excellence in financial services, a pioneering undertaking to help financial institution personnel hone their skills across the board, particularly in financial crime control
  • Alan Cox, Acting Director, Liaison Divison, FinCEN – Veteran financial crime professional and virtual currency expert with an insider’s perspective on regulations and risks for the digital payment revolutiion
  • Mike Benardo, Chief of Cyberfraud and Financial Crime, FDIC – Leading authority and US government leader on the many cyber risks facing financial institutions and best practices to counter them
  • Jim Keenan, Well Fargo’s FATCA lead and head of customer due diligenceSenior compliance executive with hands-on expertise in building an effective FATCA compliance program in tandem with other compliance duties, such as AML
  • Paul Pelletier, Member, Mintz LevinTough-as-nails lawyer and former federal prosecutor who drove the United States FCPA enforcement surge and put megafraudster Allan Stanford in prison
  • Delena Spann, Special Agent, US Secret ServiceInvestigative expert who specializes in using innovative data analytic tools and techniques to hunt down fraudsters, and published book author on the subject
  • Dan Boylan, Senior Vice President and Audit Director, Bank of AmericaAML expert with unique insight on leveraging anti-money laundering tools and techniques for FCPA and anti-corruption compliance, and how to audit these procedures

Panels train on critical financial crime risks and hottest topics

The 13 Conference panels are packed with knowledge and insights and will cover the full range of 21st Century financial crime issues, from data analytics in AML compliance, to the risks of virtual currency, to the surge in global anti-corruption enforcement and the complexity of compliance with the new law called FATCA, which takes effect July 1, 2014. A few of the key panels include:

  • New World of Bitcoin and Virtual CurrencyCombating the financial crime threats of the new digital era
  • Data Security and Cybercrime – Innovative weapons to combat digital threats and new risks
  • FATCAWhat US and US and non-US institutions must do to comply by July 1, 2014, the effective date, and afterwards
  • Open Source Intelligence — Capitalizing on ‘OSINT’ and social media for compliance, due diligence and investigations
  • Anti-Money Laundering in the New World Order – Meeting the challenge of new laws, technologies and risks with new approaches that meet evolving regulatory expectations

“The panels will give attendees great information and practical guidance they can apply immediately and directly,” says Charles Intriago, president and founder of ACFCS, a former federal prosecutor and a pioneer in the AML field with his 1989 publication, Money Laundering Alert. “Every panel and speaker can provide attendees with crucial tips and best practices on detecting, preventing, regulating and prosecuting financial crime.”

Conference features many networking, career-building opportunities

In addition to the best practices they will learn from the experts, the attendees will meet and interact with the speakers one-on-one at the 12 networking sessions, including two receptions, two luncheons, to breakfast and several refreshment breaks.

“ACFCS recognizes that while knowledge is essential, financial crime professionals also need to build their connections and further their careers,” says Brian Kindle, ACFCS Training Director. “That’s why our conference goes to great lengths to provide great networking, so that attendees can connect with one another, with the outstanding technology and services providers in the Exhibition Hall and the great roster of speakers.”


ACFCS is a global member organization that offers the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification, the credential that verifies the skill and competence of private and public sector specialists across all fields of financial crime, including FATCA and AML. ACFCS also offers training, analysis, networking and community to its worldwide audience of members and specialists.

For more information on the 2014 conference and to register now, visit www.financialcrimeconference.com

(Accredited members of the media may obtain press credentials to cover the conference by contacting Brian Kindle at 786-517-2720 or bkindle@ACFCS.org or Daniela Guzmán at 786-517-2731 or dguzman@ACFCS.org.)