What’s Going On, 22 Jun 2021 – Financial Crime and Corporate Governance

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I’m still getting into the groove of updating this blog, so I’ll have to skip working on another #mindfluff piece and drop a few updates here instead.

Here’s what’s on my plate now (and in my browser tabs):

  • The Basel Institute on Governance published a new book on Illicit Enrichment that looks at the laws targeting unexplained wealth. Get a free copy of the e-book here.
  • The Bangladeshi Bank Heist of 2016 is a textbook case in financial crime. The BBC has published a lengthy piece on how it happened, you can read it here.
  • Napier is offering a Webinar on “How to build a robust AML RegTech ecosystem” at 5 pm GMT+8 on Thu, Jun 24. I’m signing up for this; I’m hoping to gain some insights into implementation in more developed markets for use in the Philippines. You can sign up for it here.
  • Chainalysis published a report entitled “Key Players of the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem: Who’s Who On the Blockchains?” I have great respect for Chainalysis – so many of my crypto compliance friends refer to them and their research. I’ll probably work on a post here about their Crypto Crime Report 2021 – I had one in draft mode on a previous incarnation of this blog. You can get a hold of the Key Players report here.
  • I’ve been on a financial crime reading spree, as you can tell. There’s a conference coming up about that, too – the Fraud and Financial Crime Asia conference, organized by Regulation Asia, will be held on July 21-23, 2021, entirely online. If you qualify, Regulation Asia will give you a ticket gratis – you’ll have to provide some information for the sponsors, of course, and expect to be reached out to as part of the deal. Sign up for this here.
  • I’ve got a few other irons in the fire – for example, I’m hoping to put together ongoing events for the compliance community with my friends at Emfarsis. Dusting off my community organizer hat doesn’t come without hesitation – I’m really rusty, and didn’t I have enough of this with MobileMondays Manila? – but the community really needs events like these and no one else is stepping up.
  • I’m fulfilling a long-held ambition by taking the Professional Director’s Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). It’s been good so far, although I wish we had more time to discuss some of the concepts in more detail. I’m hoping this will open a few doors for me. The networking doesn’t hurt, either.
  • Lastly, I’m reviewing for the Certified Governance of Enterprise Information Technology (CGEIT) certification offered by ISACA. For various reasons, I’ve dithered about which professional certification I intend to pursue next. I finally bit the bullet and picked up the study guide for the CGEIT exam. Unfortunately for me, the readings are really, really dry. PRO TIP: while the CGEIT is supposedly framework neutral, there are so many references to COBIT – specifically COBIT 2019 – in the study guide. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since COBIT is ISACA’s IP, and so much of its business depends on it. I don’t think I’ll be confident enough to take the certification exam without studying COBIT 2019 first. I’ve given myself till the end of July to take the test; I may have to defer that to August.

That’s it for now, more maybe later this week.

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