Conference Debates the Increasing Challenges of Anti-Money Laundering in a Globalized Environment

Miami, February 8, 2018 – The financial sector faces an increasingly challenging money-laundering environment. An upsurge in terrorism, corruption and fraud are just some of the new threats that have made anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations ever more complex.

The conference, which brings together experts from the public and private sectors to discuss the latest developments in the battle against financial crime, is organized by the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA).

The three-day agenda covers a range of key topics in AML, including: the use of gift cards to launder funds,  the convergence of cybersecurity and AML, cross-border investigations, risk mitigation, the use of technology to prevent financial crime and how casinos fight money laundering.

This year’s event will feature 24 sessions and workshops, including a keynote “Fireside Chat” with new FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco as well as:

  • Regulating virtual currencies and their compliance risk
  • NTR Metals: a case study in trade-based money laundering
  • Human Trafficking
  • Leveraging technology to mitigate financial crimes risk
  • Ask the U.S. Regulators and Policy Makers


The Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Homeland Security Investigations, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are some of the public institutions confirmed. There will also be private organizations such as Wells Fargo, Caesar’s Entertainment, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Greenberg Traurig, Accenture, Kaufman Rossin, Ocean Bank and Shutts & Bowen.

“Anti-Money Laundering efforts are being shaped by increasingly sophisticated criminal organizations, a continuously evolving compliance landscape, under a globalized environment,” said David Schwartz, president and CEO of FIBA. “As a response, banks have continueed to increase compliance personnel and invested in new technology. However, every banking professional must take responsibility and stay abreast of the risks posed by financial crime.”

This is the 18th year of this landmark financial industry conference. In addition to expert panel discussions and presentations, the event represents a unique opportunity to network with leading industry AML professionals from across the Americas.

“People come to this conference to get insights on crucial AML-related themes, share knowledge and get up to date on international best practices,” added Schwartz.

“The Annual FIBA AML Compliance Conference is the best investment of time for professionals in the financial industry, specially those engaged in cross border business. These professionals must remain informed of the changes and best practices in the AML arena. The panels are composed of the highest level of professionals and regulators,” said Daniela Fonseca Puggina, partner, Baker McKenzie.

This year’s conference is supported by strategic partners Baker McKenzie, Navigant, Holland & Knight and Mercantil Bank, as well as approximately 40 supporting organizations.

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About FIBA

Founded in 1979, the Florida International Bankers Association is a non-profit trade association dedicated to providing international banking and financial services professionals throughout the world with high quality industry education and accreditation, unparalleled networking opportunities through premier industry events and conferences, and effective legislative advocacy at the state and federal levels.




Ernesto Ortiz

Americas Connection

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