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Fighting the new financial crime risks of COVID-19 with technology
Listen to this webinar to understand the new threats that financial criminals pose to your organisation as they seek to exploit COVID-19 related disruption and uncertainty. We explore how 'social distancing' is affecting criminal activity, how money laundering tradecraft has changed and how you can leverage technology to mitigate these risks and protect your organisation.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a serious health risk and has disrupted businesses and economies around the world. Unfortunately, there will always be people and organisations that look to exploit these times of crisis.

At the start of April, FATF (Financial Action Task Force) issued a statement highlighting the need for financial institutions to stay alert to potential financial crime risks that may arise during this crisis. Some of the typologies included the risk of criminals or terrorists attempting to raise funds by carrying out financial fraud and exploitation scams that prey on virus-related fears.

In addition to these concerns, strict social-distancing measures around the world have driven an abrupt change in face-to-face financial interactions. This has escalated fraud and financial crime risks and put pressure on traditional customer onboarding and verification strategies.

The need for technology and innovation to manage these threats has never been greater. This webinar will discuss how technology, such as digital identity solutions, can help to digitise customer interactions at the same time as screening for new financial crime typologies.

On the agenda:

  • Understanding the new avenues for financial crime that criminals and terrorists are looking to exploit
  • The impact of digital and non-face-to-face transactions on money laundering tradecraft — particularly cash placement risks
  • The need to know your customer better than ever before, in a dynamic and uncertain business environment
  • Monitoring accounts and individuals that might previously have been regarded as "low risk"
Event info
Time:  90 minutes
Location:  Webinar - login details will be shared after registration



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National Manager Regulatory Operations

Dr Nathan Newman is the National Manager, Regulatory Operations. Nathan leads AUSTRAC’s regulatory compliance, investigations and industry education functions, including AUSTRAC's efforts to monitor and support compliance by industry with their obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.

Formerly AUSTRAC’s Chief of Staff, where he managed the agency's Strategic Communications, and Parliamentary & Planning teams, Nathan has worked across the Australian law enforcement and national security community for more than a decade.

Nathan was the Director of the then-Australian Crime Commission’s Strategy and Policy team, where he contributed to whole-of-government policy and legislative reform. He also previously worked with industry to build the resilience of the critical infrastructure sector at the Attorney-General’s Department, and supported the Australian Government’s response to national security threats as part of his work at the Defence Intelligence Organisation.

Nathan attained a Doctorate of Philosophy following studies to develop a next generation sensor for waste water analysis.

Head of Financial Crime Intelligence | Group Risk
ANZ Bank

At ANZ, Milan leads the Financial Crime Intelligence (FCI) team, which is responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of critical intelligence to enable ANZ, industry and government partners to keep communities safe and protect them from harm. FCI drives investigations, informs strategy and advises stakeholders of ways to uncover and prevent criminal threats. More recently, Milan's team developed and delivered ANZ’s Financial Crime Data Hub and Link Analysis capability.

With over ten years of experience in financial crime, Milan helped build ANZ’s Global AML Operations function, working across the Asia/Pacific region including Singapore, India, the Philippines, PNG and East Timor. Prior to joining ANZ, Milan worked for Australia's national criminal intelligence agency, the Australian Crime Commission, on large-scale money laundering and tax evasion matters.

Milan is a founding member of Australia’s Fintel Alliance, which brings together a range of organisations involved in the fight against money laundering, terrorism financing and other serious crimes. He believes the private and public sectors have a social responsibility to explore non-traditional methods of detecting and disrupting criminal threats.

Global Head of Digital Identity & Financial Crime Propositions

James is passionate about open approaches to business, whether it’s platforms & products, leadership style or culture. He believes that firms must seize the opportunity to re-invent their business models as the world becomes more ‘digitally native’. Hence, his current focus enabling customers to solve developing risks in their businesses, through the thoughtful design of solutions which solve for time-tested and emerging financial crime and identity related risks, on a global scale.

On behalf of Refinitiv, James leads the global portfolio of financial crime propositions including World-Check and Digital Identity. He is leading the strategic conversations with financial Institutions, regulators and industry partners around the world as they battle to balance the question of “who’s there”, with great customer experience, as they onboard and transact with their customers in increasingly digital ways.

James started his career in the UK, and spent 16 years in Asia in senior leadership roles with American Express, PayPal and Thomson Reuters, living and working in Singapore, Thailand, India and Hong Kong before relocating to New York early in 2018.

A self-confessed global-local, who is passionate about the opportunity created at the intersection of commerce, payments, technology and data, James has successfully created a number of scale businesses within large MNC’s and enjoys applying that experience as a mentor/ advisor to early stage companies.

Manager, Regulatory Intelligence, Asia-Pacific
Thomson Reuters

Nathan Lynch is an experienced public speaker, writer, manager and financial crime technology enthusiast. He specialises in the fields of Financial Crime Intelligence, Anti-Money Laundering, Counter-Terrorism Financing and Regulatory Risk.

At Thomson Reuters, Nathan leads a team of experts who provide breaking news, deep analysis and practical guidance to more than 25,000 subscribers in the global financial services sector.

Nathan speaks regularly at industry events and in the media on a range of topics, including financial crime, AML/CTF, risk management, sanctions and technology. He has been involved in building a number of successful "regtech" businesses, including Complinet Australia and the Thomson Reuters Risk business, which was sold to Refinitiv in 2018.

Nathan is a program expert with the US-based Financial Services Volunteer Corps, which offers support to developing countries to help them combat terrorism financing, money laundering and other serious financial crimes. He also provides training to Asia-Pacific law enforcement bodies on the role of financial intelligence and technology in tackling serious and organised crime threats. 

King & Wood Mallesons

Urszula McCormack is one of Asia’s leading blockchain and financial regulatory lawyers, with a focus on emerging technologies and financial crime. In 2018, she was recognised as a Financial Times Top 10 Legal Innovator of the Year.

Urszula advises global banks, custodians, regulators, multilaterals, virtual asset issuers, new DLT developers, payment providers, market makers, asset managers and other innovators on new products, compliance and licensing. 

Urszula’s work in this arena covers:

  • blockchain-based virtual assets;
  • payment technologies;
  • financial services licensing;
  • digital platforms, including SVFs, OTC desks and exchanges;
  • custody solutions; and
  • eKYC / KYC utilities and digital identity projects.

Spanning these areas, she advises on privacy regulation, digital transformation and algorithmic design.

Urszula is a member of the SFC Fintech Advisory Group, Co-Chair of the Fintech Association Policy & Advocacy Committee and a member of the ASIFMA Fintech Working Group and Global Digital Finance KYC Working Group. She is regularly called on to brief financial regulators and transnational bodies.

Urszula is admitted in Australia, England & Wales and Hong Kong, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist with ACAMS.