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Thursday, September 3 • 08:30 - 10:30
Eyes on the bad guys. Exposing the crucial role bankers, lawyers and others play in moving dirty money around the world, and understanding how to prevent this.

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The session will look at the largely hidden, but integral part that banks and other service providers play in enabling corruption. It will examine how the flow of dirty money around the world simply could not happen without the role played by the bankers, lawyers, accountants and others facilitating it, and the devastating human cost they contribute to. 

Drawing on shocking examples and seminal investigations around the world, it will explore the extent to which banks are failing to uphold the rules that require them to spot and report when corrupt officials are trying to launder money through them.  It will examine if and how we should hold senior executives personally responsible for these failures.  More broadly it will discuss what can be done to make sure the financial sector and others play a more robust role in preventing corruption and other forms of money laundering. 

For more details on this crucial area in the fight against corruption, see the briefing:


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Michael Peel

Michael Peel is a British journalist. He has written for various publications including Granta, New Republic, New Statesman and London Review of Books. He is currently the Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times and author of A Swamp Full of Dollars: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria’s Oil Frontier. Over 15 years at the FT, I’ve reported on both important countries and big themes, such as oil and international... Read More →

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Elise J. Bean

Staff Director & Chief Counsel (retired), ex US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
During her 29-year tenure with U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Ms. Bean served from 2003 until 2014 as his Staff Director and Chief Counsel on the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. She handled investigations, hearings, and legislation involving such matters as money laundering through private and correspondent banking; foreign corruption in the United States; misuse of shell companies with hidden owners; offshore tax abuses; and... Read More →
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Daria Kaleniuk

Executive Director, Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC)
Ms.Kaleniuk is co-founder and Executive director of Anti-corruption Action Centre, a Ukrainian NGO tackling grand political corruption and advocating for anti-corruption reform. She is experienced in international legal mechanisms for anti-corruption actions, particularly in stolen assets recovery and anti-money laundering initiatives. During Euromaidan protests she was running yanukovich.info campaign aimed at freezing assets of Yanukovych and... Read More →
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Martin Woods

Head of Financial Crime, Thomson Reuters
I am the man who blew the whistle on the drug money laundering conduct of Wachovia Bank. Why did I do it? Because it was the right thing to do and the money is directly connected to the murder of tens of thousands of people. Money is the lifeblood of crime, the banks can take action to stop it or take action to profit from it . Now is the time for bankers to see the BIG picture and the consequences of their actions. Come and learn more at... Read More →

Session Coordinators
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Stuart McWilliam

Senior Campaigner, Global Witness
I am a Senior Campaigner at Global Witness with a focus on the role banks play in facilitating corruption. This has involved highlighted how many banks are breaking the rules by failing to spot and report corrupt officials who are laundering their ill-gotten gains through them. My work includes advocating for better enforcement of anti-money laundering regulations, and shutting down loopholes in them. It has included successfully campaigned... Read More →

Thursday September 3, 2015 08:30 - 10:30
Hall 9

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