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November 21, 2023

American Bar and Bankers associations to co-host financial crimes conference, Nov. 28-30

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2023 — National legal and banking experts will examine regulatory expectations, money laundering trends, check-fraud liability risks and other financial crime challenges during the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, Nov. 28-30, at National Harbor, Maryland.

The conference, the nation’s oldest financial crimes conference, is sponsored by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and the American Bankers Association.

Keynote speakers for the two-day meeting include Rob Nichols, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, who will deliver a state of the industry address, and Brian E. Nelson, U.S. Treasury Department undersecretary of terrorism and financial intelligence, who will outline the department’s view of key risks and new initiatives for the year ahead. Both will speak during the general session from 8:30-10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

A fireside chat with Andrea Gacki, director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and Bradley Smith, director of the office of Foreign Assets Control, will focus on collaborative efforts to disrupt illicit finance networks, including leveraging feedback loops to improve their joint impact in securing the nation’s financial system against bad actors. The general session is from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29.

ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference
Sponsored by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and the American Bankers Association.

Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 28-30

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD

The complete agenda can be found here. Session highlights include:

Tuesday (All times EST.)

  • “Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Improvement Acts: Changes You Need to Make Now,” 11-11:45 a.m.
  • “Check Fraud Liability Risks,” 11-11:45 a.m.
  • “Transactional Typologies in Terrorist Financing,” 2:30-3:15 p.m.
  • “Money Laundering Trends in Narcotics Trafficking,” 2:30-3:15 p.m.
  • “Faster Payments Doesn’t Have to Mean Faster Fraud,” 2:30-3:15 p.m.
  • “Public/Private Partnership in AML and Fraud: New Ways of Thinking About Working with Law Enforcement,” 3:30-4:30 p.m.


  • “A Risk-based Approach to Improving Efficiencies in Systems: Budget Cuts Do Not Have to Impact Program Effectiveness,” 1:30-2:15 p.m.
  • “Digital Asset Compliance and Fraud Risks,” 1:30-2:15 p.m.
  • “Sanctions: Connecting the Geopolitical Dots,” 3:15-4 p.m.


  • “International AML Risks: Breaking Down the AML Program Impact of Today’s Complex Geopolitical Environment,” 8:30-10 a.m.
  • “Top Fraud Trends: Your One-Stop Shop,” 8:30-10 a.m.
  • “Convergence of AML and Fraud Controls: Thinking Through Opportunities and Obstacles in a FRAML Approach,” 8:30-10 a.m.

Pre-recorded sessions for virtual attendees include:

  • “Misconduct or Missed Conduct: Current Trends in Insider Threats/Employee Investigations”
  • “Avoiding Enforcement Actions by Learning from Recent Past”
  • “Human Trafficking: Increased Risks for Customer Accounts”

For more information on how to register, journalists may contact Shanda Ivory at [email protected].

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