By Brian Monroe
bmonroe@acfcs.org
June 21, 2022

On this initiative, ACFCS is partaking the fincrime compliance neighborhood to share vital knowledge and sensible insights on methods to enter, elevate and lead in a satisfying, demanding and everchanging discipline: countering illicit finance across the globe. 

The overarching purpose: seize, condense and distill many years of information, expertise and abilities from fincrime fighters who’re the tip of the spear on this battle: present and former compliance officers, regulators and investigators.

These various and dynamic teams have tales to inform and classes to share via a few of their secrets and techniques to success, whether or not they have a background in anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, regulation enforcement investigations, cyber-enabled fraud or regulatory examinations. 

For this tip, we journey to Bulgaria, to realize perspective via the vantage level of a former authorities securities regulator who made the soar to fincrime compliance within the capital markets space – a transfer that requires a novel set private {and professional} abilities.

For Mihaila Morteva, one of many foundational cornerstones of success over practically a decade in a discipline that calls for a lot and comes with ever extra legal responsibility the upper you rise is a perception that discovering and combating illicit finance is a vocation, a real calling.  

The one who chooses to be a fincrime compliance officer – or a regulator or authorities investigator – should “have a steady ethical system, a pointy thoughts, analytical pondering and braveness to behave,” she stated.

These tenets can be magnified and enhanced by becoming a member of a likeminded workforce.

A corporation, ideally, that understands the large reputational and regulatory worth – and in some instances even defend towards multi-billion-dollar penalties – of an empowered and emboldened, reasonably than embattled, compliance officer.

“From my perspective, I’d add that becoming a member of a well-established establishment with a superb status will grind you, form you and polish you [into changing into an business thought chief and revered knowledgeable within the discipline,” Morteva stated.

She was sort sufficient to share a few of her career insights in our newest “tips and tips” episode. Take pleasure in!

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