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Suspicious Transaction Report

The Suspicious Transaction Report is the flagship podcast of RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS). It offers 'behind-the-scenes' insights and practical advice on how to implement the latest financial crime research and policy developments in the real world – from anti-money laundering and illicit flows to sanctions evasion and cryptocurrency abuse.

Season 2 (Summer 2020)

“High Risk Thinking” is our special series recorded during the Coronavirus lockdown, which aims to unpack the complexities behind topics that are considered high-risk in the world of financial crime compliance. It features insider views from guest experts and revolving hosts from the CFCS research team. Season 2 is kindly supported by ComplyAdvantage.

Episode 07: Holding Up A Mirror

Tom Keatinge returns as host for our final episode. He’s joined by journalist and author Oliver Bullough to discuss a possibly surprise destination that poses a high risk to those that are seeking to protect themselves from financial crime.

Episode 06: Inside Crypto

In this episode, host Kayla Izenman is joined by Jesse Spiro of Chainalysis to get a reality check on the riskiness of cryptocurrency and explore its potential to upend the financial system for the better.

Episode 05: Mutual Evaluation Retort

In this episode, host Stephen Reimer unpacks the UAE's latest FATF mutual evaluation report with Ibtissem Lassoued, Partner and Head of Advisory, Financial Crime at Al Tamimi & Company in Dubai. She reveals the on-ground realities of the AML system so strongly critiqued by the global watchdog.

Episode 04: The Unwitting Accomplice?

In this episode, host Anton Moiseienko is joined by journalist and cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs to dive into the workings of money mule networks. Are they innocent enablers or knowing accomplices? And how do you recognise a mule when you see one?

Episode 03: Framing Risk

In this episode, host Isabella Chase speaks with art compliance consultant Rakhi Talwar, who unveils the realities and myths of financial crime in the art world, and asks whether recent regulations will drive the art market out of Europe.

Episode 02: The Other Side of Sanctions

In this week's episode of High Risk Thinking, host Emil Dall is joined by the team behind, Maya Lester, QC of Brick Court Chambers and Michael O’Kane of Peters & Peters to discuss the high risks associated with sanctions - from the point of view of the designated individual.

Episode 01: The Alphabet Soup

LLPs, SLPs, UBOs… In this episode, host Tom Keatinge is joined by Graham Barrow of the ‘Dark Money Files’ to examine why these acronyms always pop up in financial crime scandals, often with the UK at the center of them.

Season 2 Trailer: High Risk Thinking

Isabella Chase, your host from Season 1, talks to CFCS director, Tom Keatinge about the thinking behind this season’s ‘high risk’ concept and what listeners can expect – from the people, places, commodities and structures in world of financial crime that will be discussed.

Season 1 (2019/20)

In the premiere season, episodes feature two sections: 1) an analysis of financial crime news with discussion of long-term trends and their impacts; and 2) a deep-dive into the latest financial crime research with CFCS experts and guests. Season one is kindly supported by Acuris Risk Intelligence.

Episode 10: Leaks, Links and Brexit

In this episode, host Isabella Chase is joined by guests to discuss the most recent money laundering leaks, UK-linked financial crime cases, and the impact that Brexit will have on the financial crime landscape. To discuss the latest news and headlines, Isabella is joined by Gemma Rogers from FINTRAIL and Nick Parfitt from Acuris Risk Intelligence. In the deep dive, Isabella discusses the UK’s Economic Crime Plan with CFCS Associate Fellow, Helena Wood.

Episode 09: New Year, New Challenges

In this episode, host Isabella Chase is joined by guests to discuss the challenges that will face financial institutions in 2020. To discuss the recent financial crime news, Isabella is joined by Trish Sullivan, the Global Co-head of Financial Crime Compliance at Standard Chartered and by Nick van Benschoten, the Principle for Economic Crime Policy at UK Finance. In the deep dive, Isabella is joined by Samantha Sheen to delve into the UK’s transposition of the EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.

Episode 08: What defined financial crime in 2019?

In the final episode of the Suspicion Transaction Report for 2019 the CFCS team come together to discuss the biggest financial crime news stories of the year. Host Isabella Chase is joined by Tom Keatinge, Helena Wood and Anton Moiseienko to dissect the policies, developments and scandals that defined the financial crime landscape in 2019 and the team look to the future to predict what will shape financial crime in 2020.

Episode 07: Missing Links

In this episode of the Suspicious Transaction Report, host Isabella Chase and guests consider the missing links in various financial crime problems. Isabella is joined by Becky Marriott from Tide to analyse the latest financial crime news, including the money laundering scandal at Westpac, what’s next for OneCoin and the link between Chinese money laundering and money mules. In the deep dive, Isabella is joined by RUSI colleagues Emil Dall and Darya Dolzikova to discuss a proper approach to countering proliferation financing.

Episode 06: What’s the Risk?

In Episode 6 of the Suspicious Transaction Report, host Isabella Chase and guests attempt to understand the changing nature of risk in the ever-evolving financial crime landscape. ‘In the news’ guests Jackie Harvey and Sam Tate discuss new supervision initiatives at FATF, SFO guidance on corporate cooperation, and concerns with trusts. In the deep dive, Isabella is joined by CFCS’s own Anton Moiseienko and Kayla Izenman to discuss the Financial Crime 2.0 research programme, specifically focusing on money-laundering risks faced by online businesses in a variety of sectors.

Episode 05: Rethinking the Problem

In Episode 5 of the Suspicious Transaction Report host Isabella Chase and guests critique a number of new solutions to old financial crime problems. In the news guests Livia Benisty and Alexon Bell review a new investigation on gold-based money laundering, updates on EU and US regulations and a new mechanism for sanctions relief for humanitarian agencies. In the deep dive, Isabella is joined by CFCS director Tom Keatinge to discuss his upcoming research on rethinking counter-terrorist financing.

Episode 04: Picking on the Little Guy

To discuss the latest in financial crime news, host Isabella Chase is joined this week by Ava Lee and Koos Couvée. The guests weigh in on the updates coming out of last week’s FATF Plenary and discuss the Cayman Islands’ public UBO register, the EU’s new methodology for listing countries at risk of money laundering, and the recent Reuter’s investigation on drug trafficking.   On this International Fraud Awareness Week, Isabella is joined in the deep dive by Mia Campbell from the Fraud Advisory Panel and Alan Bryce of the Charity Commission, to learn more about the fraud threats facing the charity sector, how the system can be improved, and resources available to charities to combat these risks.

Episode 03: Is a New Approach Needed?

Host Isabella Chase looks at how innovation could be used to solve a number of problems in the AML/CFT regime. To discuss the latest financial crime news she is joined by Denisse Rudich and Nick Parfitt where they dissect a case brought against BNP Paribas, UK companies being exploited for crime and the latest sanctions update. In the deep dive, Isabella is joined by Juan Zarate from the Financial Integrity Network to look at how innovation will be essential to overcome policy tensions that prevent progress in combating financial crimes.

Episode 02: Better Together

In this episode of the Suspicious Transaction Report, Isabella Chase is joined by Jo Jenkins and David Carlisle to discuss Wilson’s crypto auction, Swedbank’s latest press release, the Dutch banks joined up transaction monitoring solution and the priorities for the current FATF presidency. In the deep dive, Isabella talks to Florence Keen about her recent report on social media and terrorist financing.

Episode 01: The Suspicious Transaction Report

Isabella discusses the latest financial crime news with Samantha Sheen and Misha Glenny. They cover the latest developments with the impounded Iranian oil tanker the Adrian Darya-1, HMRC’s largest ever money laundering fine and the trailer of the Laundromat film. In the deep dive, Matthew Redhead tells us about his upcoming paper on the effectiveness of the AML regime and what can be done to make it more effective.

Season 1 Trailer: The Suspicious Transaction Report

In this preview episode of the 'Suspicious Transaction Report' podcast, Isabella Chase talks to Tom Keatinge and Nick Parfitt about the EU’s second attempt at a money laundering blacklist, the NCA’s increasing use of Unexplained Wealth Orders and the benefits and drawbacks of transparency in ultimate beneficial ownership registries.