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FBI Director Wray and FinCEN Director Blanco to Deliver Keynote Remarks at 32nd 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 the32nd annual ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference. The event, which will be held virtually on Dec. 8-10, is the industry’s longest running financial crimes conference and the only meeting hosted jointly by top banking and legal associations.

This year’s conference will feature keynote addresses from FBI Director Christopher Wray and FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco. Director Wray will offer his perspective on the Bureau's ongoing efforts to combat a range of financial crimes and the importance of cooperation between law enforcement and America's banks. He will also take part in a question-and-answer session. Director Blanco will provide a detailed update on current FinCEN initiatives and priorities.

“We are thrilled to have two of our most important law enforcement partners joining us for this year’s Financial Crimes Enforcement conference,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “The banking industry leaders in attendance will learn about the latest criminal threats facing the financial system as well as the leading practices to ensure their bank’s BSA/AML programs are ahead of the curve.”

The conference will include a series of panel discussions on trending issues with banking industry experts and top officials from law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Attendees will also discuss the bipartisan effort in Congress to modernize anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act rules.

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 live general sessions, pre-recorded breakout panel discussions and virtual marketplace networking opportunities.

The live general sessions are open to the press and include:

  • State of the Industry with Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO;
  • Pandemic Impact on the Financial System with Paul Benda, ABA senior vice president, risk and cybersecurity policy;
  • Regulatory Regime: 50 Years After the BSA Was Enacted with The Honorable Juan Zarate, global co-managing partner and chief strategy officer, K2 Integrity;
  • A Keynote Address from FBI Director Christopher Wray followed by Q&A;
  • An Annual Update from FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco;
  • The Future of Financial Crimes Management Beyond Convergence; When Will We Learn Our Fraud Lessons–The Digital Economy's Enron; Building the Business Case for Future Technology – Now!;
  • Regulatory Roundtable; and
  • What Does “Effective” Mean?

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] or 202-663-5468.


About the American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $24 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $19.9 trillion in deposits and extend $11.4 trillion in loans.

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