ACAMS 18th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference to Focus on New Strategies in Fighting Financial Crime

September 16, 2019
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Speakers include Deborah Connor, chief, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, US Department of Justice and Jonathan Pruzan, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley

LAS VEGAS – September 16, 2019 – Centered on the theme “The Future Is Now!” the ACAMS 18th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference is a collaborative anti-financial crime platform aimed at discussing and sharing best practices on digital currencies, sanctions, human trafficking and more. The annual event will take place at the Aria Resort & Casino September 23–25, 2019 and will bring together more than 2,500 professionals from the regulatory, law enforcement and banking fields.

“Over the course of three days, the financial crime prevention community has the opportunity to learn from nearly 200 inspiring subject matter experts representing the public and private sectors, connect with other industry professionals and gain new insights and practical strategies to help their institutions combat financial crime,” said Rohit Sharma, president and managing director of ACAMS.

This year’s conference includes two new tracks on artificial intelligence proficiency and data management to address the rapid disruption of technology, and discuss advanced analytics tools for anti-money laundering. Attendees will take part in robust discussions on related topics ranging from data generation to reducing false positives.

One of ACAMS’ focus areas is the use of AML expertise to detect and prevent financial crimes related to human trafficking. This year’s conference will feature remarks by Rebecca Bender, who survived six years as a victim of sex trafficking and has dedicated her life to helping other victims and consulting on trafficker prosecutions. She will be joined by Angel Swift of Enigma for a special presentation on human trafficking. Rebecca will talk about her work in a way that will offer insights about how individuals are trafficked, and how they can be set free and helped to heal.

Top sessions include:

  • Dynamic Duos: Fighting Financial Crime with Public-Private Collaboration Initiatives
  • Eye on AI: A Primer on Artificial Intelligence for AML Professionals
  • To Follow that SAR: Working with Law Enforcement Post-SAR Filings
  • Real Life Miami Vice: How AML Helped Dethrone a Drug Kingpin
  • Let’s Get Digital: Bitcoin, Blockchain and AML’s Rising Virtual Realities

The speaker lineup includes:

  • Jonathan Pruzan, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Morgan Stanley
  • Deborah Connor, chief, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Don Fort, chief, Criminal Investigation, Internal Revenue Service
  • Lisa Arquette, associate director, Division of Risk Management Supervision, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Lourdes Gonzalez, assistant chief counsel – Sales Practices, Division of Trading and Markets, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Spencer W. Doak, director for BSA/AML Policy, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Suzanne Williams, deputy associate director, Federal Reserve Board
  • Rick Small, CAMS, executive vice president, Director Financial Crimes Program, BB&T
  • Peggy M. Jacobs, vice president, Compliance, MGM Resorts International
  • Sarah Runge, global head, FCC Regulatory Strategy, Credit Suisse
  • Nicole M. Kitowski, chief risk officer, Executive Vice President, Associated Bank

For more information and to download the full conference schedule, visit The conference offers a real-time broadcast option that provides access to live streaming videos of special presentation addresses and panel discussions, downloadable session audio recordings, online chat capabilities with participants, a certificate of participation and CAMS credits.

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About the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists® (ACAMS®)
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