Webinar: Environmental Crime, and the Evolving Role of Financial Intelligence

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the intractable problem of wildlife trafficking through Asia’s wet markets. 

Yet sadly, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to environmental crime. From illegal logging in Borneo, to guerrilla gold-mining in Papua New Guinea, to wholesale wildlife smuggling, crimes against the natural world are surging across the region. These are all profit-motivated crimes and the proceeds are inevitably washed through some of the leading financial centres and parked in “rule of law” economies.

In this webinar, our very own Nathan Lynch, Manager, Asia-Pacific, Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, spoke to Clare Rewcastle-Brown, Founder, Sarawak Report and Mark Nuttall, Singapore Country Manager at Hill & Associates, to discuss the role that financial intelligence can play in protecting the natural world.

Learning objectives

  • Identifying common indicators of environmental crimes to enhance detection of high-risk individuals and organizations and adjust financial intelligence efforts as warranted
  • Reviewing peer institutions’ environmental crime financial intelligence systems to enhance internal expertise and ensure systems reflect best practices across industry
  • Engaging senior management on countering environmental crime to ensure related financial intelligence functions such as anti-corruption are adequately resourced and supported across enterprise

The event was hosted by ACAMS on 4th of August 2020. Only ACAMS members are eligible to receive continuing education credits through free webinars. Please contact your representative to learn more about your eligibility to receive the certification.

About the Speakers

Nathan Lynch
Manager, Asia-Pacific
Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence

Nathan Lynch is an experienced writer, public speaker, manager and technology enthusiast in the field of financial regulation and risk management. At Thomson Reuters, Nathan leads a team of experts who provide breaking news, deep analysis and practical guidance to risk practitioners in the global financial services sector.

Nathan manages Thomson Reuters’ award-winning Regulatory Intelligence team across the Asia-Pacific region, tracking developments in financial services law, regulation, financial crime and risk management.

Nathan has been involved in building innovative, tech-based businesses in the financial services “regtech” sector — including Complinet Australia and the Thomson Reuters Risk business.

Mark Nuttall
Singapore Country Manager
Hill & Associates

Mark Nuttall joined Hill and Associates in 2020 and oversees the firm’s operations in Singapore. His strategic management and extensive risk management background, allows him to maintain an overview of business practicalities, whilst understanding the minutia needed to navigate a complex risk problem on behalf of a client, especially ones related to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG). Mr. Nuttall has over 20 years’ experience as a Risk Management and Security Specialist, with a background in security, law enforcement, geopolitics, International Organisations, financial institutions, project management and bespoke risk consultancy. Mr. Nuttall is well versed in the areas of fraud, AML, tax churn, financial misuse, legitimate and illegitimate commodity chains (Including corporate policies and testing frameworks), organised crime and murder investigations, environmental governance and climate risk mitigation, corporate intelligence, internal investigations, due diligence, asset identification and protection, and strategic risk management.

Clare Rewcastle-Brown
Sarawak Report

Clare Rewcastle Brown is a former British television reporter and the founder of the website Sarawak Report, which came to prominence for challenging wide scale political corruption in Malaysia and the impacts on indigenous rights and the environment. Her investigations resulted in the exposure of the 1MDB Development Fund scandal, which upturned the Malaysian government, rocked the global financial community, helped put the off-shore finance industry on the run and embarrassed some of the most famous figures in Hollywood.

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