Renowned thought leaders will play integral role as organization moves forward, building best-in-class suite of training and certification resources for financial crime prevention professionals

Nov. 15, 2016 – MIAMI– The Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), a BARBRI Professional Association, today announced leading international anti-money-laundering (AML) and compliance experts Ron King and Barry Koch will serve as co-chairs of its Advisory Board.

The ACFCS Advisory Board, comprised of some of the world’s foremost thought leaders and experts in compliance, financial services, law enforcement, regulatory and other roles, is instrumental in guiding the association as it seeks to provide value and educational resources  to the financial crime prevention community. King and Koch will share leadership activities that include coordinating the many activities of the Advisory Board, identifying issues and trends and making program recommendations for ACFCS consideration, and liaising with the ACFCS staff.

King most recently served as the chief AML officer for Scotiabank, a major international Canadian bank. In that role, he oversaw all aspects of Scotiabank’s AML, counter-terrorism financing, and sanctions programs, encompassing 3,115 branches and offices worldwide. Over the course of his career, King also coordinated AML compliance for major business lines, supported line management in assessing and managing money laundering and other risks, and developed standards, procedures, training, and monitoring and surveillance programs.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services and compliance fields, and has held a variety of senior roles in retail banking, business banking, internal audit and compliance functions. A frequently sought-after speaker, King is a former chair of the Canadian Bankers Association AML Working Group and member of the Public/Private Sector Advisory Committee for the Canadian Ministry of Finance. He is a business administration graduate of UBC, Okanagan College.

Koch is an independent consultant and private attorney recognized internationally as an expert in AML compliance and risk management. He most recently served as an assistant district attorney and counsel to the Investigation Division in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Koch is the former chief compliance officer at Western Union, and prior to that, was the legal counsel for JP Morgan Chase’s global AML compliance program. In that capacity, he handled issues related to complex criminal investigations and subpoena compliance, and cases involving Black Market Peso Exchange, human trafficking, corruption and organized crime, terrorist financing and drug money laundering.

Koch is a frequent speaker at private and public sector events, including those of the United States Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State and Treasury, the IRS and DEA, the intelligence and diplomatic communities and Financial Intelligence Units worldwide. He served as chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the United Nations and Other International Organizations, chair of The Consular Law Society, Inc., and legal counsel to the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York. Koch received his law degree from the New York University School of Law, and his bachelor’s from the University at Albany.

“The ACFCS charter is to provide education, resources and leadership to help global finance professionals battle the many faces of financial crime,” said ACFCS Executive Director Garry Clement, CAMS, CFE, CFCS. “The Advisory Board plays a critical role in helping us accomplish that, and the leadership of Ron and Barry gives us an unmatched level of experience and expertise to benefit our members. We’re honored to have them serve as co-chairs.”


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 financial crime prevention from more than 50 nations have already obtained the CFCS certification.


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