FSG Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Task Force - The Curious Case Of Money-Laundering Controls

Webinar Recording

The Financial Services Group Of Livery Companies (FSG) Task Force supports the Sheriffs of the City of London in their express desire to strengthen and simplify Anti-Money Laundering (AML) within the UK. As part of the taskforce’s series of webinars exploring AML, in this webinar we are delighted to welcome Professor Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University.

Professor Levi commenced research on money laundering and compliance in 1988, and is not only the co-author in 2006, of a seminal work on the flow of dirty money inside states and beyond, but also of a recent formative work, with Terrence Halliday and Peter Reuter, on “Why do Transnational Legal Orders Persist? The Curious Case of Money-laundering Controls.” In which they study in detail the rise of AML TLOs, how they work, or don’t, the compliance levers and mechanisms, amongst many other variables, and then conclude that whilst it is possible that AML TLOs may eventually collapse, they have survived so far the lack of obvious impact on crime and will likely remain relevant.

His insight and foresight will give attendees to the webinar are unique glimpse of what is being done, what is being thwarted and what may need to be done to ensure better, if less bureaucratic, to enable the UK and the City of London, to thrive post Brexit and post Covid, whilst not becoming the main hub for money laundering.

Read two recent articles from Mike Levi:

Understanding the Laundering of Organized Crime Money - https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/708047

Can the AML system be evaluated without better data? - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-017-9757-4


Michael Levi has a distinguished track record of transnational and multidisciplinary research. In particular, he has built an international reputation for excellence in both fundamental and policy-oriented research on money laundering, corruption, cybercrimes, transnational organised crime and white-collar crimes.

Michael has played an advisory role both internationally (with the European Commission and Parliament, Europol, Council of Europe, UN and World Economic Forum) and nationally (with the UK Home Office and Cabinet Office, and with the Crime Statistics Advisory Committee).

Graeme Gordon is a chartered accountant and prior to joining Praxity was Managing Director and Senior Tutor of Emile Woolf Group, the international training and development firm. He was also previously Group Finance Director of a technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Graeme has extensive international experience including in Europe, Russia, North America, the Far East, the Indian Sub-Continent and the Middle East. Before becoming a chartered accountant Graeme served as an officer in the Royal Navy. He is a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and formerly twice President of the Thames Valley Chartered Accountants.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

12:00 - 12:45 BST



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    Professor Michael Levi
    Professor of Criminology
    Cardiff University
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    Graeme Gordon
    Chief Executive Officer
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    Kate Surala
    Chief Compliance Officer
    The Analyst Research LLP

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