ACAMS AML/CTF Conference Returns to Europe with Record-Breaking Numbers

By Association Of Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialists, PRNE
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

AML experts, regulators and government officials representing over 40 countries gather in Amsterdam to combat financial crime

AMSTERDAM, June 10, 2010 - More than 300 AML/CTF professionals from some 40 countries attended the
6th Annual AML/CTF Conference, Europe ( hosted by
the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) this
week in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Event organisers confirm attendance
exceeded expectations this year as financial institutions throughout Europe
face unprecedented pressure to increase the effectiveness of their anti-money
laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) programmes.

"The record-setting attendance in the midst of a trying economic
environment clearly shows that AML professionals and their management
understand the value of training and networking with peers," said John Byrne,
CAMS, ACAMS executive vice president and conference programme chair. "Once
again, ACAMS showed industry leadership by providing participants expert
advice in not only AML but with related challenges in the areas of
corruption, sanctions and tax evasion as well as emerging trends."

Conference attendees heard presentations from more than 30 expert
practitioners who provided practical insight and best practices to tackle
everyday AML/CTF challenges. Highlights included:

    - Best practices on Corruption and Bribery - speakers addressed
      well-tested methods for financial institutions to better assess and
      combat corruption as it relates to the new UK Bribery Act that takes
      effect in October 2010.

    - Third Money Laundering Directive - attendees were offered a thorough
      assessment of the policies and procedures required including cross-
      border issues, beneficial ownership and identification controls.

"Due to the challenges of the global economy, the ACAMS conference did
not convene in 2009," said Byrne. "ACAMS has continued its firm commitment to
the advancement of AML in Europe, and planning for 2011 is already underway
with delegates, speakers and sponsors committed to participating in another
successful event."


Founded in 2002, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering
Specialists(R) (ACAMS) is an international membership and certification
organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of anti-money
laundering professionals around the globe. With close to 10,000 members in
more than 160 countries, ACAMS is proud to be the worldwide leader in AML/CTF
training, education and networking through our international conferences and
training forums. Visit for more information.

Lori Ann Pope of Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, +1-786-871-3028, lpope at

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