corruption

Conversations: Sofia El Mansouri, Compliantly LLC

Course Duration: 21 minutes
Course Points: 20

This week on Fridays with Fintelekt, Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt converses with Sofia El Mansouri, Compliance Consultant from Morocco, also known as The Compliance Lady.

Anti-corruption and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic feature primarily in this episode, with Sofia explaining noteworthy developments and global anti-corruption initiatives over the last few years. She specifically emphasises the role of the non-financial sectors and professional enablers in transnational corruption and whitewashing of financial crime proceeds.

The impact of the pandemic has been significant and raised considerable risks of questionable commissions, kickbacks, over inflated prices, and facilitation payments, even as policy makers and governments are consumed with urgent relief and such priorities, rather than dealing with corruption.

Sofia calls the ‘Biden Memo’ (the National Security Study Memorandum recently introduced by the US) a game-changer, expected to bring in reforms not just in the US but possibly also elsewhere as more countries follow suit. She advises the compliance community not just within financial institutions but also investment advisors and professional service providers such as lawyers, accountants to take proactive steps to prepare for increased AML enforcements and more stringent regulatory requirements.

For more expert insights on this topic, watch the full episode. 

Conversations: Tom Cardamone, Global Financial Integrity

Course Duration: 28 minutes
Course Points: 25

In this video from the Fridays with Fintelekt series, Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services is in conversation with Tom Cardamone, President & CEO, Global Financial Integrity. Tom starts the conversation by giving an overview of the work Global Financial Integrity (GFI) is doing and their impact on the ecosystem, especially curbing the illicit financial flows across the globe. He talks about the difficulties associated with promoting transparency, transactional crime and corruption and further talks about customs corruption in trade transactions.

He shares how GFTrade (a cloud based database that enables customs officials and financial institutions to determine if goods are priced outside typical ranges) is helping governments and institutions globally to enhance integrity of trade. He concludes the conversation by sharing the challenges faced by GFI and the vision he has for GFI’s future.

Expert Speak: Atul Naval, Faculty Member, Fintelekt Advisory Services

Course Duration: 67 minutes
Course Points: 65

Atul Naval, Faculty Member, Fintelekt Advisory Services covered Anti-Bribery and Corruption. He talked about issued faced while measuring corruption, challenges faced while fighting corruption and best ways to fight corruption.

This presentation was part of the AMLC-Fintelekt AML/CTF Summit Philippines 2020, conducted virtually from November 23rd – 27th, 2020.

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