Eryn Schornick of Global Witness to address illicit financial flows in real estate; Jake Bernstein to speak on Panama Papers

 May 9, 2016 – MIAMI — The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI professional association, has added Global Witness policy advisor Eryn Schornick and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein to its speaker lineup for the 2016 Financial Crime Conference June 1-2 at the Yale Club of New York City.

Schornick, a policy advisor on the banks and corruption team of Global Witness, will speak on Exposing Illicit Financial Flows in Real Estate Wednesday, June 1 at 12:30 p.mEDT. Global Witness is the organization behind a groundbreaking 60 Minutesexposé on the use of attorneys and legal professionals to move dubious funds through U.S. shell companies and New York real estate. Global Witness is an international advocacy organization that seeks to expose and break the links between natural resources and corruption, conflict and human rights abuses. During her presentation, Schornick will show clips from the undercover report, describe its impact on the legal and financial sectors, and highlight how high-end real estate transactions represent a key vulnerability in the global anti-money laundering regime.

Bernstein, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, will address the Panama Papers global financial scandal, speaking on how one of the biggest news stories of the year has affected financial institutions and governments worldwide, and providing insights on further revelations contained in the 11.5 million leaked documents.  The session is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 at 8:30 a.m.  Bernstein’s address will complement the previous day’s session, Breaking the Shells – Assessing the Fallout of the Panama Papers for Compliance, Investigations and Policy. That session will bring together current and former federal prosecutors, legal experts and policy advocates to go inside this historic leak and explore its far-reaching impacts.

The ACFCS Financial Crime Conference agenda includes 20 panels, workshops and roundtable sessions covering the present and future of financial crime trends, threats and issues. Experts from compliance, law enforcement and regulatory agencies will give insights on trade-based money laundering, trends in social engineering and cyber attacks, Chinese underground finance, combating ISIS funding, and much more.

The Financial Crime Conference will be held June 1-2 at the Yale Club of New York City, with a virtual conference offering a deeper dive into the content June 8-9. Conference attendees are invited to participate in a special post-conference seminar, Financial Crime 101 on June 3. This full-day session will examine the diverse forms of financial crime, and mirror the content covered on the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) examination.


The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, is a worldwide organization for private and public sector professionals who work in diverse financial crime prevention disciplines, including anti-money laundering, FATCA-tax evasion, FCPA-corruption, fraud, data analytics and security, compliance, regulation, enforcement and more. ACFCS awards the Certified Financial Crime Specialist (CFCS) certification to qualified candidates who pass a proctored examination offered at authorized testing centers around the world. Professionals in the financial crime field from more than 50 nations have already obtained the CFCS certification.