Financial Crime and Compliance Expert
Charmian Simmons helps financial institutions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa better understand the complexities of the financial crime landscape. She assists our clients navigate the regulatory change framework and provides thought leadership on a variety of topics covering policy, standards, innovation, crypto, product advancement and analytics across the compliance market.
“Keeping pace with material changes in regulations, enforcement action, standards guidance and what’s happening with technology innovation and solutions is not easy, especially with so many changes and options to consider today,” says Charmian. “It’s rewarding to help clients find ways to work smarter not harder, to improve financial crime compliance outcomes, their program maturity, and help combat financial crime across the industry.”
Having worked in investment banking the majority of her career in key financial hubs – New York and London – Charmian’s practitioner experience and knowledge is sought after for both advisory and assurance guidance. She is often asked about Compliance Optimisation and Innovation, and how a risk and compliance ecosystems can better support AML outcomes and effectiveness.
“Financial crime is an area that continues to evolve,” she points out. “And much like the pace at which criminals advance their practices and methods, Financial Services’ compliance programs, technologies and tools need to keep pace in order to effectively detect, prevent and deter such behaviour while remaining regulatory compliant.”
Charmian is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) by ACAMS and a Certified Data Privacy Solution Engineer (CDPSE) by ISACA. She also holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) from The IIA and is an ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).