Accounting & Finance Finance and Compliance
Executive Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing
- Course Code
- Application Code
- Study mode
- Start Date
- To be advised
- Next intake(s)
- May 2022
- 5 months
- Through case work, in-class discussions and expert guidance from our experienced speakers, you will learn how to assess the key elements of AML compliance programme.
- First-hand study, experience-sharing and real-world cases by our AML speakers provides practical knowledge and skills in an attempt to prepare you to pursue a career in financial compliance.
The programme aims to equip students with a theoretical and practical foundation and the latest knowledge in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing. The programme focuses on the best practice approach to money laundering and terrorist financing prevention in Hong Kong.
Each module will be assessed by one individual written assignment. All assessments will be in English.
Student are required to achieve at least 70% in attendance for each module to complete the whole programme.
Mr. Russell Harding
Former AML Compliance Director
Russell Harding served as a detective in the Police for more than 30 years and has experience in investigating all the major areas of organised crime, including armed robbery, murder, rape, kidnapping, and arson. In the last two thirds of his detective career, Russ specialised in financial crime, including money laundering and the proceeds of crime, and was the lead investigator in some of Hong Kong's largest and most complicated money laundering prosecutions. He has subsequently been the APAC regional head of financial crime compliance at a major international bank, and now works as an independent risk consultant specialising in financial crime.
Russell is widely recognized both in Hong Kong and overseas for his practical expertise in the investigation, prosecution, risk assessment and the prevention, remediation and mitigation of money laundering and related crime. He is frequently approached for advice on the subject, and has extensive experience as a speaker about and testifying in court on money laundering and related matters.
Jodi Andersen is a Director at an American Investment Bank, where she is responsible for financial crime policies and training across Asia Pacific. Jodi has extensive experience in providing risk advisory services to financial institutions on AML regulatory and sanctions compliance matters having previously worked at KPMG, Ernst & Young, and the International Chambers of Commerce in this capacity. Jodi is a member of ACAMS and ACFE. She holds an MSc in Financial Crime from the London School of Economics.
Module 1 – Regulatory Principles of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing
1. International organizations for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (AML/CTF)
• Financial Action Task Force
• United Nation
• Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering
2. Legislations for AML/CTF in financial institutions
• Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance
• Drug Trafficking (Recovery of Proceeds) Ordinance
• Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance
• United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance
3. Roles of different government authorities
• Financial Services and The Treasury Bureau
• Financial regulators: HKMA, SFC, OCI and C&E
• Hong Kong Police Force
• Joint Financial Intelligence Unit
• Narcotics Division
4. Mutual evaluation by Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
• Results of last mutual evaluation in 2008
• Preparation of next mutual evaluation in 2018
5. Regulatory framework
• Customer due diligence (CDD)
• Risk based approach for CDD
• CDD for individual persons / corporations
• Enhanced CDD for politically imposed persons
• Simplified CDD for public entities
6. AML/CTF Governance Model
• Compliance risk in AML/CTF
• Reporting lines and policy
• Communication of AML/CTF compliance
7. Reporting Suspicions
• International requirements
• Cross-border reporting issues
• Data protection requirements
8. Complex Money Laundering Typologies & Red Flags
• Product / service risk
• Distribution channel risk
• Country risk
Module 2 – Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Programme (30 hours)
- Assessing Risk and Developing the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Risk Scoring Model
- Factors to assess risk level
- Geographical location and customer classification
- Risk level of your products or services
2. Elements of Anti-Money Laundering compliance programme
- Internal policies, procedures and controls
- Training in compliance
- Internal audit
- Compliance culture and senior management’s role
- Customer Due Diligence implementation
3. Suspicious Transaction Monitoring and Reporting I
- Suspicious customer behaviour and identification
- Suspicious cash transactions, non-cash deposits and wire transfer transactions
- Suspicious commercial account activity and credit transactions
- Suspicious investment trade
4. Suspicious Transaction Monitoring and Reporting II
- Suspicious trade financing records
- Suspicious employee behaviour
- Suspicious activity in currency exchange centres
- Suspicious activity in insurance transactions
5. Law Enforcement Investigations
- Decision to prosecute
- Summonses and subpoenas
- Search warrants
- Orders to freeze accounts
- Dealing with investigators and prosecutors
6. Conducting the Investigation
- Organization of documents
- Employee interviews
- Attorney-client issues
7. International Anti-Money Laundering Cooperation
- Mutual legal assistance treaties
- Financial intelligence units
- Financial Action Task Force recommendations on cooperation between countries
Module 3 – Financial Crime Compliance (15 hours)
- Financial Crime and International Sanctions
- International sanctions regulations
- List-based programmes
- Sanctions evasion
- Sanctions screening
- Transaction monitoring of arms, ammunition, other embargoed materials
2. Anti-Bribery and Corruption
- Common forms of bribery
- Difference between bribery, corruption and facilitation payments
- Hong Kong Prevention of Bribery Ordinance
- Hong Kong Banking Ordinance
- UK Bribery Act
- US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
3. Fraud and Internal Threats
- Financial statement fraud scenarios
- Rules of evidence
- Fraud control assessment
- Fraud investigation basics and outcomes
- Cyber and technology enabled financial crime
- Major red flag identification
4. Financial Crime Compliance and Risk Management
- Use of financial intelligence
- Suspicious transaction report analysis
- Managing risk across bank groups
- Application of adverse news
Module 4 – Anti-Money Laundering in Practice (15 hours)
1. Anti-money laundering risk assessment programme
• Risk assessment
• Anti-money laundering policy
2. Anti-money laundering implementation and compliance programme
• Management of regulatory expectation
• Effective detection and monitoring
• Common issues
3. Anti-money laundering Investigations
• Investigation basics and outcomes
• International cooperation
4. Recent AML Case Studies in banking
Nov 2021 Intake - Tentative Timetable
Venue: HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus (at Causeway Bay) or other locations in Hong Kong Island.
(i.) hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution or equivalent; or
(ii.) hold an Associate Degree / a Higher Diploma awarded by a recognized institution or equivalent and have 2 years work experience; or
(iii) hold relevant professional qualifications.
Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merits.
Module 1 (30 hrs) $4,900
Regulatory Principles of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing
Module 2 (30 hrs) $4,900
Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Programme
Module 3 (15 hrs) $2,500
Financial Crime Compliance
Module 4 (15 hrs) $2,500
Anti-Money Laundering in Practice
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