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SAR (Suspicious Activities Report) Workshop and Adverse Media Risk Assessments

Subject Access Reports Workshop and Adverse Media Risk Assessments for business and recruitment.
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What Makes Compliance Consultant Courses Different

  • Failure to file an appropriate Suspicious Activities Report (SAR) can lead to big trouble. But regulators also caution against filing unwarranted “defensive” SARs.

  •  Our experts provide practical advice for the high-wire balancing act of when, and when not, to file a SAR.

  • This includes decision-making methodologies that you can apply enterprise-wide; separating anomalies from red flags; and how to replace subjective judgment calls with clearly objective determinations.

  • Your course director is a highly successful and experienced executive who will pass on past experiences and “war stories” generally to enhance the workshop and help bring it to life

  • We do not use academics. All our trainers are highly experienced professionals with relevant vocational experience in the real world

  • We have delivered many AML and financial crime courses over the last few years and have a very clear understanding of what may be contributing to the fraud. In addition, participant feedback informs us in both a precise and timely manner what the changing regulatory imperatives are over time.

  • We are always judged by our results which speak for themselves and the feedback received from previous delegates has always been excellent.

  • It’s a can’t-miss tutorial on a lingering compliance conundrum.

Course Objectives

  •  Establishing review/risk committees to ensure consistent escalation practices

  •  Ensuring you know when and when not to make a Suspicious Activity Report

  •  What to include in a local Suspicious Activities Report (SAR)

  •  Rating suspicious activities to assure conformance to institutional standards like the The FATF 40 Guidelines

  • The categories and areas of concern under NLR 2017

  • Where Suspicious Activity is identified, and the Red Flags raised

  • What Social Media checking is available and why Search Engines are not enough

  • Where to find other sources of intelligence to help your decision making

Course Content



Session 1

  • Local SAR Reporting
  • MLRO’s Role in SAR Evaluation
  • FATF and the 40 Guidelines
  • MLRO completion of a SAR
  • When, and when not, to file a SAR.

Session 2

  • Difference between Suspicious Activity & Suspicious Transactions.
  • 5 Categories and 27 Areas of Concern under MLR2017
  • 10 Banking Areas that raise suspicions
  • 19 Red Flags for Property AML/CTF
  • Where are Suspicious Transactions identified?
  • CDD & EDD Monitoring – MLR 2017 S33, 37 & 38

Session 3

  • Adverse Social media – Facebook, Insta, Twitter etc
  • Other sources of adverse media/intelligence
  • 3 Areas of search for Adverse Media
  • 5 Best Practices for Adverse Media Checks

Session 4

  • 7 Best Tools For searching for social media accounts
  • Workshop – Suspicious Activity Scenarios

Course Conclusion



Your Course Facilitator/Director Backstory

Your course director has spent over 30 years in the banking and financial sector, much of it in a Senior Managerial/Director role. A highly successful, long and varied “fast track” career in Banks led him to very senior management at an early age. Challenged by the industry reluctance to adopt regulated principles, he entered compliance 20 years ago and has run a successful consultancy ever since.
The trainer has been a freelance training consultant since 2000 and is an expert on FCA and regulatory compliance generally. As a Chartered FCSI he has also created and delivered training to a vast range of clients from global giants to small partnerships. He is an accomplished global trainer and has delivered extensive programmes in the UK, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
He is a highly adaptive, hands-on and highly sought-after facilitator who always receives excellent feedback from delegates. He is comfortable training at any level of seniority and experience from “black belts” to novices. His expertise includes but is not limited to Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management, Trade Finance, FCC & AML and all aspects of Corporate, Private & Retail Banking.
He has written several books, available at Amazon including “The Compliance Managers Guide & Reference” and “Conduct Risk”.
He is also a highly experienced soft skills trainer and has completed numerous “train the trainer” assignments.

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This Course Can Be Presented In The Following Formats:
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Face to Face In-House

This course can be tailored and presented in-house at your location for 3 or more participants.

From £850

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Participants can login from different offices.
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