ACAMS 11th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference

2010 Conference Summary

More than 1,000 AML/CTF professionals from over 40 countries attended the ACAMS 11th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference in Las Vegas September 20-22. Event organizers confirm attendance was up significantly this year setting an attendance record for ACAMS conferences.

“This year’s record-setting attendance demonstrates AML and financial crime are still top priorities, and industry professionals and government officials are very interested in continuing education and training to address evolving threats against their organizations and agencies,” said John Byrne, CAMS, ACAMS executive vice president.

Conference Program Highlights

With nearly 70 expert speakers and 50 unique sessions, the 2010 conference program was ACAMS’ most comprehensive and hands-on to date. The conference convened with a panel discussion featuring representatives from the FDIC, OCC, FinCEN, the NY Federal Reserve and a member of the Egmont Group. The session, “Critical Update on International Regulatory Developments,” kicked off the conference by providing attendees an extensive overview of hot button issues such as sanctions, emerging technological risks, cross-border issues and the impact of payments issues on AML professionals.

“The cutting-edge curriculum is the culmination of an extensive selection process that was over a year in development,” said Byrne. “We are extremely pleased with the dynamic, in-depth program and the support of our expert speaker faculty—including many new faces from financial institutions, government agencies and industry consultants—helped enhance the presentations with relevant, practical information.”

New This Year

New to the agenda this year were focused discussion groups, including exclusive closed-door forums designed for law enforcement and regulators. These sessions provided a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas and best practices to help tackle everyday challenges in an open-discussion setting. Moderated by government leaders, these sessions addressed key typologies and trends vital to law enforcement and regulators.

“We are fortunate to have the strong support and participation of so many government agencies,” said Byrne. “It is vitally important for the ACAMS membership and other AML professionals to have so many regulators and law enforcement representatives attending this program and sharing real-world experience and innovative solutions to everyday legal and compliance challenges.”

Survey Results & Awards

ACAMS also announced the results of a survey, developed with Ernst & Young, that is looking at AML and Fraud issues and how financial institutions are grappling with this important challenge.

In addition to three days of non-stop education and training, ACAMS recognized individuals who have set a new standard of AML/CTF excellence with the ACAMS Recognition Awards. Award recipients were honored during an awards presentation on September 21. Visit the awards pages for additional information.

Coming in 2011...

Plans are already underway for the ACAMS 10th Annual International AML Conference on September 19-21, 2011 at Aria, Las Vegas. For more information or to register, please call +1 305.373.0020 or email info@acams.org.