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Mandelker, Blanco to Address 30th Annual Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference

The conference will feature a series of robust panel discussions with the nation’s leading experts in financial crimes from a wide range of perspectives.

The American Bankers Association and the American Bar Association will bring together the nation’s top experts to address the latest in money laundering, fraud and terrorist financing concerns at the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference. The event will be held Dec. 2-4 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
The conference will feature a series of robust panel discussions with the nation’s leading experts in financial crimes from a wide range of perspectives, including banking, legal, regulatory and law enforcement. It will also feature keynote addresses from top government officials, including:
  • Sigal Mandelker, under secretary, terrorism and financial crimes, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Kenneth A. Blanco, director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
With the content expanded to all areas of financial crimes, the conference will feature several fraud and cyber-enabled crime sessions, including a keynote address from cyber expert Reid Sawyer, senior vice president, JLT Specialty USA.
The three-day event is designed to 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. Celebrating its 30th year, this conference is the industry’s longest running financial crimes program and the only meeting hosted by the top financial and legal trade associations.
Nationally recognized experts from the banking and legal communities will lead more than 30 informative sessions on topics that include:
  • Banking Cannabis, Industrial Hemp and CBD - What’s the Latest?;
  • The Shifting Sands of AI Robotics: Emerging Issues and Their Impact on Financial Crimes;
  • Red Flags in Human Trafficking;
  • Digital Currency Myth-Busting — Separating Fact from Fiction: What Bankers Need to Know About "Crypto";
  • Do You Know Where Your OFAC Is? Sanctions and More;
  • Litigation/Reputation Risk Issues in Account Takeover/Fraud Investigations;
  • Consumer Lending Fraud; and
  • An assortment of sessions covering high-level risk management strategies and tactics.
ABA will also offer an optional pre-conference workshop – ABA FinCrimesSim 2018: A Workshop for Financial Crimes Investigations Managers and Analysts – on Dec. 1 to help attendees maximize their conference learning experience. Workshop attendees will dig deep into investigation techniques, tools, and risk mitigation practices. The program will also provide an updated "state of the industry" on financial crime trends and typologies, including current threats and red flags.
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.


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The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $21.1 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $17 trillion in deposits and extend nearly $11 trillion in loans.

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