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Welcome to AGRC’s first ever webinar!

As part of this growing community of GRCC professionals, you’ll be able to participate in unique webinars where compliance, risk management, governance and cyber-security professionals discuss the latest trends in our industry. If you have any specific topics or ideas for a webinar, please let us know at and we might just take you up on it.

For the month of February, our webinar will take a look at what’s trending in the world of anti-money laundering (AML) and financial crime.

It will happen on Thursday, February 25th at 14:00 GMT.

Some of the topics to be discussed by our panelists include:

  1. Stricter fines and increased sentencing for money launderers
  2. The use of technology in financial crime with a particular focus on the digital and crypto world
  3. Client onboarding in an increasingly digital world
  4. Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO) registers and the challenges that come along
  5. Smart digital identification and verification (IDV) solutions
  6. Artificial intelligence in the battle against money laundering
  7. Public-private partnerships (PPP) in fighting financial crime
  8. The problems posed by complying with multiple AML jurisdictions and standards throughout the world
  9. COVID-19 related financial crimes
  10. And plenty more!

If you have any specific questions for our panelists, please jot them down and send us an email at and we’ll make sure to include them in the discussion.

So don’t miss out on what’s shaping up to be a great event and book your spot below!

Hope to have you with us at the end of February!

Our AML Panelists

Holger Pauco-Dirscherl, Senior Financial Crime Professional, Germany

AML PanelistHolger Pauco-Dirscherl is an experienced and passionate Senior Anti-Financial Crime Professional with a unique blend of international knowledge, expertise and experience, as well as a good reputation in the national and international financial crime field. He has worked on a wide range of projects covering AML/CTF, sanctions compliance, fraud and ABC. He is a recognized SME for Financial Crime providing trainings and acts as a speaker in national and international conferences and symposiums. He is an AML Certification Instructor, an SME and Content Advisor on Certificates for ACAMS, and a Lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. His expertise is certified as CAMS, CAMS-RM, CAMS, Audit, CGSS, CFE and CFCS.

Holger will be moderating this session.

Dr. Nicholas Ryder, Professor in Financial Crime, UWE Bristol, UK

AML PanelistNicholas is a Professor in Financial Crime at Bristol Law School, University of the West of England, Bristol. He has authored four monographs, three edited collections and two text books.  Nicholas is the series founder and editor for Routledge’s The Law Relating to Financial Crime and he has published numerous scholarly articles on financial crime. His research has been sponsored by the ESRC, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, City of London Police Force, ICT Wilmington Risk & Compliance, Universities South West, France Telecom Group and the European Social Fund.  Between 2015 and 2018, he was the Co-I for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, the initial funding is for three years, with £4.35m from the UK security and intelligence agencies and a further £2.2m invested by the founding institutions. He is an invited contributor to symposia at the Law Commission; Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies; PWC, NATO, UK Finance, European Society of Criminology, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, Chartered Institute of Institutional Auditors Fraud and Forensics, Centre for European Legal Studies, Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry and the Institute of Advance Legal Studies.  He has recently submitted and published by HM Treasury Select Committee (Review of Economic Crime) and House of Lords Select Committee (Review of the Bribery Act 2010). Nicholas has been asked to consult on numerous financial crime matters for the media including Bloomberg News, the BBC, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal.  His current research is investigating the relationship between terrorism financing, social media platforms and the use of suspicious activity reports.

Sandip Patel, Managing Partner, Aliant Law, UK

AML PanelistSandip Patel, QC FCIArb, is a specialist in corporate, banking and financial service law. He advises clients across a range of industries and geographies, providing proactive and commercial legal advice on a broad range of corporate transactions, including restructuring and insolvency, public and private fundraisings, as well as providing ongoing operation, regulatory and compliance services to investment funds and the project management of VCT public transactions requiring compliance with the Listing Rules and Prospectus Rules.

He appears in domestic and international commercial disputes concerning fraud, finance, goods and services, energy and natural resources and construction. He appears in international arbitrations conducted under the rules of various institutions (ICSID, ICC, HKIAC, LCIA) and ad hoc proceedings under the UNCITRAL Rules within civil law and common-law jurisdictions. He appeared recently in a reported international arbitration case on the enforcement in England of a New York Convention award ([2018] EWHC 2713 (Comm)).

As head of Scarmans’ Data Protection Team and Chief Adviser to OSP Cyber Academy, he advises organisations on data laws, privacy, protection, and cyber security. He is Chairperson of the Cybercrime Practitioners’ Association. In the “Leading Silks” list, The Legal 500 United Kingdom guide to outstanding silks nationwide said this about him: “He has a pleasing and reassuring courtroom manner,” “a very good all-round advocate, who is quick on his feet in court.” Described as “a truly exceptional lawyer with a phenomenal eye for detail.”

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