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Can a compliance team change a culture?


Compliance teams need to think and act more holistically, strategically and embrace innovation – to ‘design in’ rather than ‘bolt on.’ It’s vital they play their part in unlocking synergy and adopt a mindset that values reflection.....More

BIG Compliance Festival 2021 - Highlights


The 2021 edition of the BIG Compliance Festival, the biggest event for compliance professionals globally, attracted over 650 participants from 82 countries worldwide. Attendees enjoyed an array of insightful presentations on a variety of topics. Below we present a summary of some of the event’s highlights and key takeaways from the discussions that took place.

Why curiosity is important for compliance professionals


Curiosity is not often seen as an attractive trait: as the saying goes ‘curiosity killed the cat’. But for compliance professionals, I would argue that it is a key skill we need to improve both personally and professionally, and in order to protect our firms from risk.....More

The growing demand for investigations skills


As the compliance world continues to evolve and the number of internal investigations increases, the skillsets needed by compliance staff are changing. This article discusses some of the reasons behind the growth in investigations, how compliance skills are evolving as a response, and the rising importance of technology-based investigation knowledge.

The new moral urgency of the UN’s corruption rhetoric


Absorbing bribery and corruption statistics provided by the UN is, even during gentler times, a sobering experience. This year’s figures were as bold and quietly unsettling as ever, in a neat symmetry of the year itself. But the accompanying comments by UN Secretary-General did offer something new.....More

BIG Compliance Festival 2020 – Part 2 highlights


A summary of part two of the Big Compliance Festival with highlights and key points from the sessions.

Working together to stop money laundering


FATF President, Dr Marcus Pleyer, shared a vision for the future of AML at ICA’s BIG Compliance Festival....More

BIGCompFest2020 | Part one highlights


ICA's BIG Compliance Festival 2020, the BIGGEST online event for regulatory and financial crime compliance professionals in 2020.

[EBOOK] Five ways to create effective, engaging virtual learning


COVID-19 elevated virtual learning from a useful option to a crucial function, enabling employees to continue learning in challenging circumstances. Now more than ever it requires virtual learning to be effective, with a clear structure and definitive outcomes. But it needs more than these for it to flourish, and leave a lasting impression on learners.....More

Shifting sands: The Changing Landscape in Compliance Training


Today, more than ever before, compliance professionals must contend with myriad challenges including rapid digitisation, technological disruption, fast-moving regulatory change, and new forms of risk. As a result, their capabilities are coming under increased scrutiny, with many asking the question: how does the skillset of the modern compliance professional need to evolve for the function to be successful?

Analysis: Cyber-attacks spike in Italy linked to coronavirus


Italy, a region in quarantine, is experiencing a spike in attempted cyber-attacks to capture the login credentials of employees working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. But not all the attacks have been successful, and that’s where the lessons lie.....More

5 tips for working at home


5 tips for being more productive and getting the most out of working from home

[ICA Podcast Series] How to cope during challenging times?


Anyone with Compliance responsibilities will know you need a wide range of interpersonal skills to be resilient, successful and effective. The secret is to improve your emotional intelligence. Two sample podcasts are available here and provide small bursts of practical advice of relevance in the current climate.....More

How brain science helps us to understand key influences on ethical behaviour [Podcast]


ICA's regular webinar series presenter and author of the ICA Specialist Certificate in Anti-Corruption, Penny Milner-Smyth, is the featured guest on the Great Women in Compliance (GWIC) podcast.

Women in compliance


On International Women’s Day, we caught up with Angelia Lee, Sandra Horma and Alice Chen, who were on a 'women in compliance' panel at the 2nd Annual APAC Conference last year. They share their great insights, experiences and advice for other women in the compliance industry.....More

Training? Five things that work


If you work in a large organisation, say a bank, insurance provider or oil and gas company, you are going to be deluged with training. When you join and at regular periods you will experience “death by CBT” (Computer Based Training).

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” - Interview tips


Before attending an interview, go through the job description in more detail. This will give you an understanding of what the hiring manager is looking for.....More

Will AI replace compliance professionals?


Artificial intelligence (AI) is today being adopted across all sectors which will require us to adapt and obtain new skills. People will continue to be needed, but the types of jobs that they do will change.

United Arab Emirates: the rapid pace of regulatory change


It is often said that the only constant in life is change, and that certainly rings true for the current regulatory climate. The global nature of financial crime means that all regulators, and firms operating in the regulated sector, must be quick to respond to threats.....More

Financial crime: a 360-degree view (Podcast)


Broadgate Search sat down with Pekka Dare, Director of Training Education and Development at ICA, to uncover various case studies in the financial sector.

Human trafficking – how technology and collaboration can help combat the issue


Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing and most widespread criminal activities in the world.....More

Learning at Work Week 2019


Knowledge has a beginning but no end

[Infographic] 6 tips to help you on your study journey


'An investment in knowledge pays the best interest' - Benjamin Franklin....More

Compliance culture – What is the challenge?


Compliance culture, especially in financial services, is a really important element that can impact on the wider cultural challenges that a firm could face.

Standard Chartered $1.1 billion enforcement action: what lessons can we learn?


It was announced that Standard Chartered has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to US regulators and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). What lessons can we learn from this?....More

How many languages does a financial crime professional need to speak?


Virtual currencies, cybercrime and Trumponomics, to name just a few, present interesting dilemmas: to what extent should we be conversant in these areas in order to fully understand the financial crime risks associated with them?

10 year challenge – Middle East and North Africa


Ten years ago, the Middle East was a different place to the one that we see today. You only have to look at a picture of the Dubai skyline in 2008 and compare it to the current one to appreciate the aesthetic changes that have taken place. But it has not only changed aesthetically: the regulatory progress in the region’s financial sector has been equally discernable.....More

5 ways to help establish a fraud-averse environment


When correctly motivated, employees remain honest and become the most effective frontline defence against the fraudster. Employees become motivated when they believe that:

[Infographic] Skills and Attributes of a Compliance Officer


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in anti money laundering (AML)? If you currently work in AML, have you considered how your own skills measure up? Here’s a quick look at some of the skills and attributes that a compliance professional may need....More

Corruption Perceptions Index – do movements in the middle also reflect the regulatory environment?


The new Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has been released and you can see the results here. The Index is used in many financial crime models and is a highly regarded tool for geographic risk insight.

Skills and Attributes of an AML Professional - Infographic


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in anti money laundering (AML)? If you currently work in AML, have you considered how your own skills measure up? Here’s a quick look at some of the skills and attributes that an AML professional may need....More

10 ways to instil a culture of compliance


Despite significant investment in compliance, we still see incidents where things go wrong. In many cases the root cause is the wrong culture and values. How do you drive the right culture across your organisation? How do you ensure everyone is accountable for compliance matters? Below we provide some tips to help support a successful compliance ‘change programme’.

[Infographic] FATF Reports in Brief: Human Trafficking Infographic


In August this year, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a new report that aims to raise awareness and provide an updated and more precise understanding of the financial flows related to human trafficking.....More

A look at the illicit financial flows from wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade


When asked to consider IWT, many people would think of ivory and tiger skins; but it is so much more than that. IWT can be broadly defined as ‘any action which contravenes current legislation (nationally or internationally) governing the protection of animals and plants’ (NPCC).

5 ways to become a better influencer


As compliance professionals are becoming increasingly integral advisors to the business, to be competent and impactful in your role ‘influencing’ is a must have skill. But where do you start?....More

Getting the measure: the SMCR challenge


David Jackman highlights the challenges associated with efforts to measure whether the SMCR is working

Pakistan added to FATF Grey List


The FATF’s International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) identified four key areas of concern in respect of Pakistan; can these be resolved?....More

The World Cup of Corruption: Part 1


Football itself – and in particular FIFA – has been beset by corruption problems over the last decade. In light of this we thought we would consider each fixture of the tournament through the lens of corruption.

The changing face of compliance


In this article, Keeley Fitzsimmons, Training & Development Manager at Broadgate Search, provides an insightful overview of what employers are looking for from Compliance teams.....More

Is the sun setting on BOTs tax haven status?


An amendment to the Sanctions and Anti Money Laundering Bill was approved by the British government in May. The headline news from the amendment was that from 2020 British Overseas Territories (BOT) will be obliged to publish the beneficial owner(s) of all registered companies.

What does being a member of ICA do for you as a compliance professional?


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The RegTech and FinTech Revolution


RegTech is now one of the most talked about innovations in the financial services sector. The added influx of FinTech that has caused the incumbent population of the financial services industry to sit up and take notice. Disruption is a clear and present threat to this community. The revolution is here.

5 reasons to recertify your ICA Diploma


For the first time, we are delighted to offer our Diploma graduates the opportunity to recertify their qualification in either AML, governance risk and compliance or financial crime prevention.....More

Five things you need to know about Bitcoin


Bitcoin has taken the world by storm; Simone Jones shares what she has learnt about cryptocurrency over the course of the last year.

International Anti Corruption Day: the ICA's top 5 blogs of 2017


In the lead up to the UN’s International Anti-Corruption Day on 09 December, we have collated a collection of articles and blogs, written over the last 12 months, to aid your learning journey on this all-important subject. The information that you take away should help stimulate discussion and support you in making sound decisions in your role.....More

Skills and attributes of a compliance officer


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in compliance? If you currently work in compliance, have you considered how your own skills measure up?

Is your client a money launderer?


Googled it? We offer insight to firms who vet their customers for ‘negative news’ or ‘adverse information’ through various methods of screening.....More

Skills and Attributes of an Anti Money Laundering Professional


Have you ever wondered which skills and attributes are useful when working in anti money laundering? If you currently work in AML, have you considered how your own skills measure up?

Do you really know your customer?


Do you know your customer? Do you? Really? If someone asked you to “sum up the financial crime risks posed by the relationship”, would you be able to do it?....More

Our top seven Switzerland blogs on money laundering, terrorist financing and beneficial ownership


A round-up of our insight about money laundering, terrorist financing and beneficial ownership in Switzerland.

My top 10 quotes on learning


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin. At ICT, we are passionate about learning and development and tens of thousands of individuals and firms all over the world have realised their training ambitions through us.....More

The BCCI Scandal


After reading the comments on my previous blog on some of the biggest money laundering cases of the last 30 years, I have been inspired to look into one of those cases in more detail. The case involved the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, or BCCI, and it has made for very interesting reading.

Top 5 Money Laundering Cases of the Last 30 Years


Money laundering and, conversely, anti money laundering (AML), continues to be a hot topic, especially within businesses and large corporations, as government agencies – particularly in the US (where an estimated £231 billion is laundered annually) – continue to crack down on money laundering and sanctions violations.....More

Will an ICA qualification help me get a job?


When I go to briefing sessions about ICA qualifications and speak to delegates about their career aspirations , one of the more frequent questions I get asked is “will the qualification get me a job in the area I am interested in?” Indeed in the last two or three years this question has increased significantly in popularity due to the rise in recruitment opportunities in compliance and related roles.

What is the difference between compliance and audit?


One question that I have often been asked during my compliance career, and that comes up quite regularly in workshops is “what exactly is the difference between compliance and audit?”....More

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