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Global russia Risks: Financial Crime and Compliance Forum


Global russia Risks: Financial Crime and Compliance Forum

January, 17, 16:00 - 18:00

Format: Online

YouTube Live

We invite you to join us for our upcoming event, Global russia Risks: Financial Crime and Compliance Forum, taking place on 17th January at 16:00 EET.

The Forum will gather leading experts on financial crime, anti-money laundering, cryptocurrency and sanctions to discuss risks posed by russia to international businesses. Discussion will be led by distinguished speakers from the Royal United Services Institute, Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, Elliptic, G3, White & Case, and Debevoise & Plimpton, among others.

The Forum will be opened by Sergii Marchenko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine.


16:00-16:10 EET. Keynote speech by Sergii Marchenko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine.


Sergii MarchenkoMinister of Finance of Ukraine.

16:10-17:00 EET. Terrorism financing, money laundering and cybercrimes: business risks posed by russia.

To be discussed: 

  • Placing russia on a map of threats to the global financial system;
  • Analysis of FATF guidance;
  • The Case of Wagner: Financing war in Ukraine, Syria, and Central African Republic;
  • Illegal arms trade and terrorism financing;
  • Typical money laundering schemes linked to russia and exposures to them from russian links;
  • Predicate crimes;
  • Cyber threats: case studies/legal cases and existing schemes;
  • The role of russia in the world of illicit crypto.



Tom Keatinge is the founding Director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) at RUSI, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security.

He is also currently a specialist adviser on illicit finance to the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
​He has a Master’s in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London. Prior to joining RUSI in 2014, he was an investment banker for 20 years at J.P. Morgan.


David Carlisle is the Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Elliptic, the leading global provider of cryptoasset risk management solutions.

David previously worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), on the design and implementation of U.S. financial and economic sanctions programs. He is an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a UK think tank, and is the author of the recently published book The Crypto Launderers: Crime and Cryptocurrencies from the Dark Web to DeFi and Beyond.


Anna Gumowska is the Global Head of Investigations at G3, based in London.

Anna is an experienced investigator and asset searcher having led multiple cross-jurisdictional assignments for clients around the world within a broad range of industries. Prior to joining G3, Anna spent over a decade at a leading US investigations consultancy where most recently she headed up the dispute support and asset search team for EMEA.

She assisted clients with complex international litigation and arbitration cases, asset search and asset enforcement strategies, as well as internal investigations relating to fraud and bribery (including FCPA and UK Bribery Act matters). She also conducted numerous cross-border M&A due diligence assignments across a range of sectors.


Vadim Medvedev is a Partner with AVELLUM’s Tax and Litigation practices.

Vadim specialises in tax and succession planning matters. He has significant experience advising clients in international tax planning, transaction structuring and succession planning matters. He also provides general corporate and commercial advice. In addition to that, Vadim has a successful track record in high-profile domestic disputes. Vadim regularly represents the clients in complex commercial disputes and disputes with state authorities.

Vadim Medvedev served as the Co-Chair of the Tax Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and was the member of the working group on VAT reform at the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine. He is a member of the Expert Council at the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine. 



Matei Rosca is a journalist who specializes in international politics, economic crime and investigations.

He owns, a new journalism agency aiming to collaborate with established media on exclusive stories and is a freelance correspondent for the ICIJ.

17:05-17:10 EET. “The rising tide of Ukrainian sanctions” by Yuriy Nechayev, Partner at AVELLUM.

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Yuriy Nechayev is a Partner with Sanctions and Corporate practice at AVELLUM with the primary focus on sanctions and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Yuriy regularly advises international and Ukrainian companies on various aspects of their business activities in Ukraine. His experience includes advising clients on the aspects of a wide range of major cross-border corporate transactions. Yuriy also advises his clients on various matters of commercial law.

17:10-18:00 EET. Sanctions and financial crimes: how regulated firms should approach risk

To be discussed: 

  • How to assess risk: lessons from National Risk Assessments;
  • FATF approach to russia and its relevance to regulated firms;
  • Sectoral sanctions and sectoral money laundering risk – sanctioned countries, crypto, cyber;
  • Sanctions compliance;
  • The most common economic crimes and financial secrecy: case studies/legal cases and schemes;
  • Mitigating sanctions and financial crime risks.



John Cusack is the first Chair of the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime, having been elected by Members in October 2020.

He was previously Global MLRO at UBS and Standard Chartered Bank and two-time Co-Chair of the Wolfsberg Group. He is an adviser to a number of financial institutions and RegTech providers, and engages with NGOs combating wildlife and human trafficking.

Jane Shvets is a Partner in Debevoise & Plimpton’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group and co-leader of the firm’s sanctions practice.

She conducts internal investigations into alleged sanctions violations and helps clients respond to regulatory inquiries from agencies in the U.S., UK, EU, and around the world. She has represented clients in sanctions inquiries brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control and the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation, among others. Ms. Shvets was born and raised in Ukraine and holds a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Wilbert Luna Arellanes currently performs as a Lawyer at White & Case.

His career encompasses corporate law, fintech, financial regulation, data privacy, cybersecurity, technology, antitrust, as well as anti-money laundering.
He has advised sovereigns from Latin America, Europe, Eastern Africa, and the Middle East in connection with different legal matters.
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Justine Walker, a Global Head of Sanctions Compliance and Risk at ACAMS.

Justine draws on a diverse global career, working across government, regulatory, private sector, and international organisations. As an expert on sanctions, counterterrorism, and financial crime she has held specialist positions within the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, HM Treasury, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Central Asia), the British Bankers’ Association, and UK Finance.

In addition, Justine was formerly part of the UK delegation to the Financial Action Task Force, chaired the European Banking Federation’s Sanctions Expert Group, co-chaired the UK Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce’s counterterrorist financing group and served as an International Monetary Fund advisor to Nigeria. She has acted as an independent Syria sanctions-humanitarian expert to the United Nations, and previously served as a national expert on the financing of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)/counter proliferation financing matters. She hosts the Sanctions Space podcast, is a regular contributor to media publications covering financial-crime issues, has addressed UN expert groupings, given evidence to parliamentary hearings, and authored numerous publications.


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Chris Cook is a senior reporter at the Financial Times, who has been covering economic measures against Russia and Belarus in the wake of the full-scale invasion.

Chris has previously worked as a leader writer, education correspondent and comment editor at the FT, and also spent five years at BBC Newsnight as its public policy editor.

You can read the key takeaways from the event here.

You can also watch the event recording here.

Posted on December 22, 2023

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