The KYC360 Advisory Panel comprises some of the leading figures in the AML/CTF space globally, drawn from private practice, law enforcement, regulatory authorities and transnational organisations. The Panel’s principal objective is to guide the editorial ethos of KYC360 and ensure that the content and direction of the KYC360 community remains at all times apolitical and valuable to AML/CTF professionals in private and public practice around the world.

Jonathan Benton (UK Metropolitan Police)

Jonathan Benton is the Head of Proceeds of (international) Corruption Unit and Senior Investigating Officer leading the UK Anti-Corruption Task Force and Proceeds of Corruption Unit. Jonathan has responsibility for all the grand corruption investigations undertaken targeting corrupt Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) laundering illicit assets either in, or through, the UK. Jonathan works with various Whitehall government departments on policy to tackle corruption and asset recovery. He undertakes global bi-lateral work with both public and public/private organisations to investigate corrupt PEPs and related money laundering or other criminality

Sir David Calvert Smith QC

Sir David Calvert-Smith is a former Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales and a recently retired High Court Judge.  Called to the Bar in 1969, Sir David enjoyed a long and distinguished career, during which he was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 1991 and Queen’s Counsel in 1997.  In 1998, he served as Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association before taking up the role of Director of Public Prosecutions later the same year. Sir David was a High Court Judge between 2005 and 2012, during which time he was in charge of the Terrorism List.  He is currently Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales.

 

Professor Michael Levi (Cardiff University)

Dr. Michael Levi (MA, Dip Crim, PhD, DSc (Econ)) has degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff Universities and has been Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University since 1991.  He has been conducting international research on the control of white-collar and organised crime, corruption and money laundering/ financing of terrorism since 1972, and has published widely on these subjects as well as editing major journals, most recently the Journal of Cybersecurity (OUP).  Current and recent posts include Member, Cabinet Office Cross-Sector Advisory Group on Fraud Reduction; Honorary Member, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) to whom he is fraud and corruption adviser; President, US National White-Collar Crime Research Consortium; Member, Center for Global Development Working Party on Illicit Financial Flows; Member, European Commission Group of Experts on Corruption; Member, Illicit Trade and Organized Crime Council, World Economic Forum; Member, Committee on the Illicit Tobacco Market, US National Academy of Sciences; Member, EC Asset Recovery Office Working Group; and independent member, UK Statistics Authority Crime Statistics Advisory Committee.  He is on the small advisory group to Europol on the Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment and on the Internet-enabled Organised Crime Threat Assessment, and is also on the Europol EC3 General Advisory Group.

In 2013 he was given the Distinguished Scholar Award by the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime, and in 2014 he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck prize for international and comparative criminology by the American Society of Criminology.

Eric Lewis (Lewis Baach PLLC)

Eric Lewis is a partner in the international law firm Lewis Baach PLLC. He practises in the areas of international insolvency, cross border disputes and serious fraud cases. Currently, Mr. Lewis serves as Global Legal Coordinator for the Algosaibi family of Saudi Arabia, the victims of the largest fraud in the history of the Middle East, as well as counsel to the Liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation, the Liquidators of Madoff International Securities Limited, the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Company and a number of hedge funds and family-owned Middle East conglomerates.

He has served as principal U.S. counsel to the liquidators of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in multi-jurisdictional criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Lewis led the trial team that obtained a $1 billion fraud and racketeering judgment against a BCCI front man and enforced the judgment through the courts of Saudi Arabia, the first non-Arab League judgment ever enforced in that country.

Mr Lewis is a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Robert Mazur (Former Undercover Agent)

Bob Mazur is a former undercover U.S. federal agent. He is the author of “The Infiltrator”, a memoir about his undercover life as a money launderer the film of which is due for release in 2016 as a major Hollywood production, He was the primary undercover agent that infiltrated the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), as well as Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel. His work undercover, which included recording more than 1,000 conversations with Cartel leaders and corrupt senior BCCI executives, led to the imprisonment of numerous senior bank officers, as well as the seizure of key evidence used to prosecute the corrupt Panamanian general Manuel Noriega. After concluding his undercover work and related testimony in the BCCI affair, with yet another identity, he went back under cover for another 2½ years and infiltrated the money laundering network of Colombia’s Cali cartel.

Mr. Mazur’s articles about money laundering have been published by many media outlets, including The New York Times. He has been a major contributor to money laundering-related programming aired by many TV networks, including CNN, NBC, ABC PBS, Univision and The History Channel.

Mr. Mazur has testified on several occasions before the U.S. Congress about money laundering threats around the globe. Mr. Mazur assists segments of the law enforcement, military, and intelligence community by providing training and strategy development used to address current global narco-terrorist financing threats.

Peter O’Doherty (City of London Police)

Detective Superintendent Peter O’Doherty serves in the Economic Crime Directorate (ECD) of the City of London Police. He was the recipient of the sword of honour as the probationary constable of the year for the City of London Police in 2007. He has held numerous posts within the Economic Crime Directorate including team leader within the Cheque and Credit Card Unit, project lead for the Directorate’s change programme and more recently as Director for the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau a key partner in the development of the integrated intelligence landscape across UKLEA and private sector partners in the challenge to address the threat from Economic Crime.

Stephen Platt (Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University)

Stephen Platt is one of the world’s most experienced practitioners in the conduct of regulatory investigations. He is widely regarded as a leading expert in the criminal abuse of financial services and related regulatory issues with particular specialisms in anti-money laundering, sanctions and US extra territoriality.

Mr Platt is an English barrister and a visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He acts for regulatory authorities in the conduct of investigations and skilled person reports and for financial institutions on large-scale remediation projects following enforcement action.

When not practising, he is much sought after as an accomplished speaker on the criminal abuse of financial services and regulation. He has trained the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Treasury, numerous US law enforcement agencies, Europol, the Metropolitan Police and several regulatory authorities. He has spoken at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Cambridge Economic Crime Symposium, the European Parliament, the UN, the UNODC and the World Bank. He has been co-opted by the World Bank to both the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) and the study analyzing Illicit Financial Flows from Somalian Piracy.

Stephen is the author of the award winning and best-selling book ‘Criminal Capital’ published by Palgrave Macmillan. He is a regular contributor to national newspapers and a sought after commentator on issues including financial crime, bank governance and culture.

Monty Raphael QC (Peters & Peters)

Mr Raphael is a full-time Special Counsel with the UK law firm Peters & Peters. His outstanding contribution to the legal profession was recognised in March 2011 when Her Majesty approved his appointment as Queen’s Counsel (honoris causa).

Mr Raphael is regarded as the “doyen” of white-collar crime lawyers, and has been engaged in all aspects of litigation involving fraud and regulatory issues for more than 40 years representing and advising governments, corporate and individual clients, financial institutions and professional firms.

He has made a particular speciality of corruption, civil and criminal fraud, anti-money laundering law and tax delinquency, extradition and mutual legal assistance, domestic and international. Over the last three decades he has been involved in numerous high profile and ground breaking cases bearing witness to the changing policy of the SFO, the emergence of tougher financial regulations, the increased concentration on the regulation of business and political ethics, as well as the internationalisation of law enforcement.

He is the author of the Blackstone’s Guide to The Bribery Act 2010 (Oxford University Press, 2010), an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn; Honorary Solicitor to the Howard League for Penal Reform; member of the Board of Directors of the Fraud Advisory Panel; Director of Transparency International (UK) and Visiting Professor of Law at Kingston University.

Gareth Rees QC (Financial Reporting Council)

Gareth Rees QC has been Executive Counsel at the Financial Reporting Council with responsibility for investigating and prosecuting misconduct under the Accountancy Scheme since 2012. From April 2016 he will become Director of Enforcement when the Financial Reporting Council prepares to become the Competent Authority for the regulation of audit of Public Interest Entities. His responsibilities include investigations and prosecutions into the audit of Autonomy, Tesco, Cattles and Cooperative Bank by ‘Big Four’ audit firms.

Gareth was at the english Bar for over 30 years before taking this role and was appointed Queens Counsel in 2003. He was instructed in some of the leading fraud cases of the last 20 years including regulatory and disciplinary issues before Tribunals. He is an expert in money laundering, sanctions, bribery, insider dealing and market abuse.

Dr Nicholas Ridley (London Metropolitan University)

Dr Nicholas Ridley is a Senior lecturer in Policing and Security at London Metropolitan University. He was a criminal intelligence analyst at the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard working in the Anti -Terrorist Branch, and then at Europol, in The Hague where he was worked in the Anti-Terrorist Unit and was responsible for the operational analysis of the financing of terrorism. In 2002 he was seconded to FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. where he was engaged terrorist financing analysis.

Dr Ridley holds a first class degree in History from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, a Diploma in International Economic Relations from the University of Budapest, Hungary and a PhD from the University of Southampton and a second PhD from London Metropolitan University. His doctorate theses concerned anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Universita Cattolica, Milan, at the University of Teramo, Italy, and at The Hague University, Netherlands. He has lectured in anti-terrorism courses at the NATO Centre of Excellence- Defence against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey and has given training courses to police and security organisations in Rwanda and Nigeria. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Journal of Money Laundering Control of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and is the author of two books on terrorism, Terrorist Financing and Terrorism in West and East Africa.

Emile van der Does de Willebois (World Bank)

Mr Willebois is a lawyer in the Financial Market Integrity Unit of the World Bank in Washingston D.C. He is an AML expert specialising in corporate transparency and abuse of legal entities and non-profits for money laundering and terrorism financing purposes. He is the lead author of “The Puppet Masters” report by the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) on the use of legal structures for corruption purposes.

Emile has acted as a legal assessor for various country evaluations on compliance with the FATF 40 Recommendations in Cambodia, Niger, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda and Tunisia. He has also been part of the World Bank/UNODC’s StAR since its beginning in 2007.