Reforming the SARs Regime: Legislative, Regulatory and Technical Challenges

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A Breakfast Briefing on re-examining the reform of and challenges to the UK's SARs regime.

The system for reporting suspicious financial activity in the UK is recognised as not fitting the needs of the 21st century.

The global standards on which the regime is based are several decades old. The emergence of public-private partnerships for information sharing have shown that greater collaboration and two-way information-sharing brings greater results than traditional one-way flows. In recognition of this the UK’s ambitious SARs reform agenda is firmly underway and gaining momentum. Reform of this regime is however challenging and requires bold changes from a legislative, regulatory and technical perspective.

To facilitate debate to support this agenda and to bring the issues to a wider audience RUSI will host a Breakfast Briefing on Thursday 5th July where key stakeholders in the SARs system can voice their aspirations for a refreshed regime and highlight some of the challenges this reform programme presents.
The event will take the form of a panel discussion by key individuals within the system from public and private sectors. Short presentations by each speaker will be followed by audience Q&A.

Speakers will include:

  • Geraldine Lawlor, Global Head of Financial Crime, Barclays
  • David Fein, Group General Counsel, Standard Chartered
  • Owen Rowland, Head of Economic and Cyber Crime Unit, Home Office
  • Rudi Fortson QC., 25 Bedford Row, London; Visiting Professor of Law, QMUL.
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