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The Future of Anti-Money Laundering in Latin America

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 6, 2020
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All major anti-corruption investigations in Latin America in recent years share a common feature: they have relied heavily on financial intelligence and, more broadly, anti-money laundering (AML) tools. Several factors are driving regional progress in AML, including new technologies, stronger government agencies, and increased international collaboration. But new challenges and risks—from cryptocurrencies to the politicization of AML agencies—are also testing Latin America’s ability to detect, crack down and prevent financial crimes.

What are the main trends in AML in Latin America? How will they affect governments, businesses, and citizens? What can we learn from the use of financial intelligence in recent investigations?

This event is part of AS/COA’s Anti-Corruption Working Group.

This event will be in English and Spanish. Translation will be available.

Registration: Free admission for AS Members starting at $250 - Contributing Level, COA Corporate Members, AS and COA Board, CIAC, President's Circle, YPA members. Admission is $15 for nonmembers, all other AS members. Prior registration is required.

Speakers:

  • Diana Salazar, Attorney General of Ecuador @DianaSalazarM2
  • Woo Lee, Deputy Chief of the International Unit at the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Mark Califano, Chief Legal Officer and Regional Managing Director of the Americas, Nardello
  • Roberto Simon, Senior Director for Policy and Head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, AS/COA (Moderator) @robertosimon

Event Information: Emilie Sweigart | esweigart@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8390
Press: mediarelations@as-coa.org
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5.

Diana Salazar

Attorney General of Ecuador

Diana Salazar is the attorney general of Ecuador, a post she has held since April 2019. Salazar has held several positions within the Ecuadoran attorney general’s office. She was the general director of the unit of financial and economic analysis in 2018, a position she held until serving as attorney general. Between 2015 and 2017, Salazar was the director of the anti-money laundering unit, an appointment she held until serving as national coordinator of the transparency and anti-corruption unit.

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Woo S. Lee

Deputy Chief of the International Unit at the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section in the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Woo S. Lee is the deputy chief of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section’s International Unit (MLARS) in the Criminal Division. Lee supervises the Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Unit, which investigates individuals and entities that violate U.S. money-laundering laws by participating in schemes to launder corruption proceeds in or through the United States.

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Mark Califano

Chief Legal Officer and Regional Managing Director of the Americas, Nardello

Mark Califano is the chief legal officer and regional managing director of the Americas at Nardello & Co., where he conducts investigations for litigation, corruption, trademark, gray market, fraud, due diligence, and shareholder activist matters. Califano previously served as senior vice president and managing counsel for global litigation and government investigations at American Express and as head of litigation and legal policy at GE Capital.

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Roberto Simon

Senior Director for Policy and Head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group, AS/COA

Roberto Simon is the senior director for policy and head of the Anti-Corruption Working Group at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the politics editor for Americas Quarterly. Previously, Simon served as the lead Latin America analyst at FTI Consulting’s Geopolitical Intelligence practice, advising global businesses on key political, economic, and policy challenges in the region.

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February 06, 2020

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