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Acting FinCEN Director Himamauli Das to Deliver Keynote Remarks at 33rd Annual ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference


The American Bankers Association and the American Bar Association will bring together the nation’s top financial crimes experts to address the latest issues in money laundering, fraud and cyber-enabled crime at the 33rd annual ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference. The event, which will be held virtually on Jan. 11-13, is the industry’s longest running financial crimes conference and the only meeting hosted jointly by top banking and legal associations.

This year’s annual conference will feature keynote addresses from Acting FinCEN Director Himamauli Das, Alliance for Innovative Regulation Cofounder and CEO Jo Ann Barefoot, and K2 Integrity Global Co-Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer Juan Zarate. Acting Director Das will provide a detailed update on current FinCEN initiatives and priorities, while Barefoot will discuss regulatory shifts in innovation and technology as a result of the AML Act of 2020. Zarate will speak to the rise of ransomware attacks, the role of cryptocurrency, and the application of sanctions and financial crime regulation.

“We look forward to hearing from top financial crime fighters at this year’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference,” said Rob Nichols, ABA President and CEO. “The conference’s virtual format will allow bankers nationwide to participate and learn about the latest threats facing the financial system, as well as best practices to ensure a strong and robust industry response.”

The conference will also include a series of panel discussions on trending issues with banking industry experts and top officials from law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

The three-day event will provide critical updates to senior-level BSA/AML compliance officers, in-house and outside bank counsel, fraud officers and investigators, internal and external bank auditors, regulatory officials and consultants on all aspects of money laundering detection, prevention and compliance.

This year’s conference will feature a combination of general sessions, pre-recorded breakout panel discussions and virtual marketplace networking opportunities.

The general sessions are open to the press and include:

  • State of the Industry with Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO;
  • A Keynote Address from Acting FinCEN Director Himamauli Das;
  • Untangling the Web of Ransomware, Crypto, and the Application of Sanctions and Financial Crime Regulation with The Honorable Juan Zarate, global co-managing partner and chief strategy officer, K2 Integrity;
  • A Conversation with Ken Blanco, financial crimes chief compliance officer, Citigroup;
  • BSA Reform – A New Era with Jamal El-Hindi, counsel, Americas Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice, Clifford Chance;
  • DOJ and Regulatory Enforcement Trends in the New Administration;
  • Regulatory Roundtable; and
  • Closing Keynote: AML Act 2020 and the Regulatory Shifts in Innovation and Technology with Jo Ann Barefoot, CEO and Cofounder, Alliance for Innovative Regulation.

Most sessions qualify for continuing education credits. To register, call 1-800-BANKERS or visit aba.com/FCE.

NOTE TO REPORTERS: Complimentary registration to the conference is available for qualified members of the media by contacting Blair Bernstein at [email protected]


About the American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $23.6 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.4 trillion in deposits and extend $12 trillion in loans.

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