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Wildlife Crime & the Financial Industry: Where do we go from here?
We are pleased to invite you to the first of an exclusive discussion series for Refinitiv customers that will keep you up to date on the latest trends and developments in the global financial crime landscape. 

The World Health Organization has maintained that COVID-19 likely originated from a virus that was transmitted from wildlife to humans. But this may just be the beginning: the UN estimates that out of the 1.7 million undiscovered viruses in wildlife, 50% could affect humans. This has shone a new light on the global problem of illegal wildlife trafficking, which poses huge environmental risks to the planet and people. Overexploitation could potentially cause the loss of a million species of animals, it can harm human livelihoods that rely on local wild animals, and can harm the balance of nature and destroy broader ecosystems. 

Financial institutions have a huge part to play in putting an end to this crime. By understanding, targeting and reporting suspicious financial activity, financial institutions can disable the criminals that rely on the financial industry to disguise and integrate their funds and profit from these exploits.

In this session, John Scanlon AO, Chair of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime, will discuss the work that he is doing to address series gaps in the existing international legal framework for combatting wildlife crime and regulating wildlife trade. Join the session to discover:

  • The collective response that is required to combat this crime, including reforms to international wildlife laws and scaling up investment in wild places
  • The role that the financial industry has in stopping illegal wildlife trafficking
  • The importance of data to uncover criminal networks 

Whether you’re an expert or a novice eager to learn more about our role in the fight against financial crime, register now to secure your spot.
Event info
Date & Time:
Europe & Asia:  Wednesday 12 May | 10:00 BST / 14:30 IST / 17:00 SGT/HKT
Americas:  Wednesday 12 May | 14:00 ET
Australia & New Zealand:  Thursday 13 May | 10:00 AEDT
Duration:  1 hour
Login Details:  Shared after registration. Please note you will be registered for the session in your region


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Meet our speakers
John Scanlon AO
Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime

John served as Secretary-General of CITES from 2010-2018, after which he joined African Parks as its first Special Envoy. He is now the CEO of the Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, Chair of the Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime and Chair of the UK IWT Challenge Fund.
Che Sidanius
Global Head of Financial Crime & Industry Affairs

As the Global Head of Regulations & Industry Affairs, Che’s role is to manage how regulatory changes around financial crime affect our Risk & Supply Chain business globally.

Ieva Vilimaviciute
Risk Marketing, Strategy & Planning

Ieva Vilimaviciute is a Marketing Manager for our business globally, leading marketing efforts to build market awareness and drive growth among risk and compliance market segment.


The fight against financial crime is not just about compliance, but also the social impact of fraud, cyber-crime and green crime. The pandemic has been a watershed moment as criminals continue to exploit vulnerabilities in the financial system and the corporate sectors. In discussion with global leaders in law enforcement, banking, investment, NGOs and policy, we’ll explore the importance of data to uncover criminal networks, how we promote public and private sector collaboration and other topics that affect our communities, financial stability, corporate business practices and sustainability.