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Moody’s Talks: KYC Decoded

Bonus Episode: RegTech Research Report

How do Financial Institutions determine the right RegTech vendors for them? And how do RegTech providers establish a reputation that is built on trust? The RegTech industry poses unique challenges for buyers and sellers alike. In this special bonus episode, host Alex Pillow and guest Matt Neill, Managing Director and Co-founder of Beyond, take a closer look at Beyond’s recently published guide, Leveraging RegTech in Financial Crime Compliance Programmes.
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Season 1 Episode 10
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June 23, 2022

Book Club: The Lazarus Heist

In a world where computer hacking has become increasingly more sophisticated, how does an organization ensure it does not find itself the next victim of a financial cybercrime attack? In this episode of Moody’s Talks: KYC Decoded, leading investigative journalist and author of the recently published book The Lazarus Heist, Geoff White, breaks down the events of the 2016 Bangladesh bank heist, commonly attributed to North Korea’s cyber unit, the Lazarus Group. Listen along for a riveting account of money laundering fueled by cybercrime, the devastating consequences such crimes can bring about for victims, and the systems and controls needed to combat it.
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Season 1 Episode 9
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April 21, 2022

Sanctions Miniseries Part 4: Sanctions & Crypto

Could crypto actually be enabling sanctions evasion, or is this just grabbing headlines? In the final discussion of our Sanctions Miniseries, David Carlisle, VP of Policy and Regulatory affairs at blockchain and analytics company Elliptic, weighs up the validity of this question.
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Season 1 Episode 8
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April 21, 2022

Sanctions Miniseries Part 3: Networks Defeat Networks

You may have looked data up and down and back again, but have you looked at it sideways? In Part 3 of our Sanctions Miniseries, host Alex Pillow is joined by KYC expert, Graham Barrow, host of The Dark Money Files podcast. Their discussion sheds light on the networks of those who are sanctioned and the risk indicators to look for.
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Season 1 Episode 7
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April 21, 2022

Sanctions Miniseries Part 2: Going Beyond the Lists

In Part 2 of our Sanctions Miniseries, Andréas Hobbelin, Head of Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crime Prevention at ZTL Payment Solutions, guides us beyond sanctions lists by sharing the importance of ownership and control in relation to sanctions. Without complete and accurate data, subsidiary networks are more difficult to detect, and mistakes become more likely for vendors and practitioners. This conversation highlights ways organizations can take a proactive approach to mitigating sanctions risk.
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Season 1 Episode 6
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April 21, 2022

Sanctions Miniseries Part 1: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had a profound impact on the compliance, KYC, and supply chain industries as governments around the world have issued sanctions at a rapid pace. In this first installment of our Sanctions Miniseries, host Alex Pillow provides an overview of sanctions, the subsequent responsibilities organizations have for staying compliant – and the consequences for not.
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Season 1 Episode 5
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April 8, 2022

AI & Transparent Boxes

Attitudes towards AI in the KYC and AML space are often riddled with disillusionment. It begs the question, are there ways to unlock the potential of AI technologies in a more productive way when combatting financial crime?
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Season 1 Episode 4
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March 23, 2022

Entity Resolution + Data = ?

When it comes to analyzing the financial crime industry, are you overwhelmed by data points? The more pressing concern is likely how to gain deeper insight into data that lead to more valuable business decisions. In this episode, host Alex Pillow and Jamie Hutton, CTO of Quantexa, discuss how entity resolution can be a powerful tool on your journey toward more impactful and affective KYC.
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Bonus Episode: Suisse Secrets Reaction

The recent Suisse Secrets data leak from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) exposed unethical business dealings within the global banking system. These leaks are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to widespread misconduct in the financial system. These suspicious transactions fuel a vast range of illegal activities like tax evasion, money laundering, drug trafficking, and modern slavery. Host Alex Pillow and Hugo Veazey, explore flaws embedded in the foundation of legal and banking systems around the globe and their devastating consequences. Listen along as they discuss the power organizations have to shift this dangerous and immoral paradigm by making systematic compliance changes to their tools, training, and accountability standards.
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Season 1 Episode 3
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March 3, 2022

UBOs and Why They Matter

Ultimate beneficial ownership of a company is not as straightforward as it seems. This opaqueness begets a system where business structures are created legally, and yet are also the preferred vehicle for furthering financial crime like money laundering, human trafficking, and migrant smuggling. Follow along as host Alex Pillow dives deeper into the topic of UBOs with highly esteemed author and investigative journalist, Oliver Bullough, and Moody's Analytics Financial Crime Industry Practice Lead, Ted Datta.
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Season 1 Episode 2
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February 14, 2022

Modern Slavery and How to Fight It

While unequivocally wrong, the global practice of modern slavery is yet to be completely eradicated. Host Alex Pillow is joined by Professor Zoe Trodd, Executive Director of Rights Lab, and Jakob Hahn-Petersen, Moody's Analytics KYC Product Strategist, to discuss the magnitude of the problem and the role governments, organizations, individuals, and technology can play to fight against it.
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Season 1 Episode 1
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January 31, 2022

Moody’s Talks: KYC Decoded

Moody’s Talks: KYC Decoded is your window into the world of financial crime fighters and the industries that arm them against the illegal actors that threaten people, companies and society. Listen and learn from subject matter experts, authors and practitioners to find out how you can better address and mitigate the risks to your business and community.
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Season 1 Episode 13
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Crypto Miniseries: Part 3

Crypto may provide bad actors with yet another channel to launder funds, but could it also provide a unique set of opportunities for KYC and AML professionals to revolutionize their practices and manage risks in new ways? The third and final installment of our Crypto Series welcomes Niels Pedersen, Senior Lecturer of FinTech at The Manchester Metropolitan University, and Laurence Twelvetrees, a multiple time MLRO at crypto-focused businesses.
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Season 1 Episode 12
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Crypto Miniseries: Part 2

Outsmarting criminals preying in the crypto space - no one said it was easy. How can KYC and AML systems work with law enforcement to tackle these opponents? Our crypto series continues with part two taking a deep dive into risk mitigation and law enforcement focused on crypto. In this episode, host Alex Pillow is joined by Craig Gleeson, Senior Office for the Crypto assets Money Laundering, Bribery & Corruption Threat Team for the UK’s National Economic Crime Centre in the NCA, and Tom Robinson, co-founder and Chief Scientist at blockchain analytics company, Elliptic.
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Season 1 Episode 11
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Crypto Miniseries: Part 1

Like it or not, some of your global customers are likely to be engaging with cryptocurrency. Flashy media headlines highlighting the scandals related to the crypto space often create feelings of fear, anxiety, and confusion, which can muddle our understanding of the real risks associated with crypto. In the first episode of our 3-part cryptocurrency series, special guests Yana Afanasieva, Founder & CEO of Competitive Compliance and host of the podcast Compliance that Makes Sense, and Pierce Kearns, Financial Crime Consultant and cryptocurrency enthusiast, provide their takes on the perceived versus real risks related to crypto as well as the responsibility KYC professionals have to understand them.
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