David Lewis about Combating Financial Economic Crime: “We are doing very badly”

09 May 2022
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On Friday 29th April 2022, we had the opportunity to talk with David Lewis during the International Risk Congress at the headquarters of Euroclear in Brussels. David Lewis is Managing Director and Global Head of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) advisory Forensic Investigations and Intelligence practice at Kroll UK. David Lewis talked with presenter Dina-Perla Portnaar on how he leverages extensive global experience on a daily basis, helping governments, supervisors and regulated firms to combat money laundering effectively.

According to David Lewis, the biggest risks can be found in the financial capitals, New York and London. He also talked about the unprecedented sanctions against Russia and the problems of finding the assets related to shell companies. Recovering any valuables is very difficult, he said. He also encourages investigative journalism as a very valuable asset in combating Financial Economic Crime.

Prior to joining Kroll, David Lewis served as Executive Secretary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) , where he led the FATF Secretariat in bringing to bear the combined expertise of governments to fight money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. David Lewis established the first FATF training institute and global training program for government officials.

  • Bakir Lashkari

    David was during the Meeting at the Euroclear in Brussels as a theorical man and has nothing to do or to use any monitoring solutions for controlling the AML. It seems that he is not a digitalizing person to combat the FEC and get the proven evidence rather than the 4 eyes principles and only indicate what is wrong and bad, without putting any sanctions to stop them.
    I found the interview too long and rather exaggerated not focusing on the real content but on the tone for the bühne (public).

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