The Regulation Asia Podcast

In this podcast series, we cover all things regulation, compliance and risk management across Asia Pacific. Interviewing key regulators, market participants, and industry observers, we find out what keeps them up at night and deep-dive into the challenges facing the financial services industry.

Hosted by Regulation Asia Co-founders, Nick Wakefield & Brad Maclean

Season 5: Follow the Money (Episode 5)

[NEW] Anonymity & Distance: The Psychology of Fraud in the Digital Age 

Published on 11 July 2023

In this podcast episode, Regulation Asia co-founder Bradley Maclean speaks to Michael Skiba (a.k.a. “Dr. Fraud”), a professor, researcher, consultant, media personality, trainer, and fraud subject matter expert. We discuss the world of online transactions and digital platforms to uncover how the increased anonymity they provide is shaping the psychology of first-party fraud. Michael is a consultant for the UNODC, working on high-tech financial crime prevention and acting as lead researcher for an APAC Threat Assessment on fraud and cybercrime.

Season 5: Follow the Money (Episode 4)

First Line Fraudster: Frauds and Credit Line Scams 

Published on 4 July 2023

First-party fraud has become a tough battle for banks and FIs to solve. To understand why first-party or “friendly fraud” is such a threat—and why it’s increasing—we need to examine how it flourishes. In this podcast episode, Regulation Asia co-founder Bradley Maclean speaks to Will Tully, Regional Head of Fraud (Wealth and Private Banking) at HSBC, to discuss the common tactics used by bad actors, the challenges banks face in dealing with first-party fraud and credit line scams, and the path forward to address these threats.

Season 5: Follow the Money (Episode 3)

The Artful Dodgers: Are State-Backed Actors Getting More Creative with Sanctions Evasion?  

Published on 20 June 2023

It's been over a year since the events that prompted the start of the most comprehensive and internationally-coordinated sanctions in history to be imposed against Russia. Still, sanctions continue to dominate geopolitics and global business dynamics. In this podcast episode, Regulation Asia co-founder Bradley Maclean speaks to Kimberly Tan, Country Sanctions Officer at Citibank, to explore the challenges for banks as they look to minimise risk in an increasingly complex geopolitical landscape, where bad actors continue to find new and innovative ways to circumvent sanctions.

Season 5: Follow the Money (Episode 2)

Malevolent Forces: Lessons from a Career in Cross-jurisdictional Anti-Green Crime Efforts

Published on 15 June 2023

The United Nations estimates that green and environmental crime is rising between five and seven percent annually, a trend that impacts supply chains and poses a danger to financial institutions and global security. In this podcast episode, Regulation Asia co-founder Bradley Maclean speaks to Nicholas McTaggart, CEO of The Murinbin Group and a former AUSTRAC and Australian Federal Police official, to discuss the magnitude of the green crime problem, efforts underway to combat this activity, and the crucial role of cross-jurisdictional and cross-institutional collaboration in making a meaningful impact.

Season 5: Follow the Money (Episode 1)

Dirty Green: Exploring the Hidden World of Money Laundering and Corruption in the Green Economy

Published on 9 June 2023

The environmental crisis has raised the profile of green corruption on the global agenda. Although corruption has long undermined conservation efforts, the Basel Institute on Governance was one of the first to sound the alarm. Regulation Asia Co-Founder Brad Maclean sat down with Juhani Grossmann, who leads leads the Basel Institute's Green Corruption programme, to explore the intersection between corruption, money laundering and environmental crime.

Season 4: Episode 2

SGX RegCo: Sustainability Reporting and the Role of a Market Regulator

Published on 2 June 2023

Accelerating climate change and its threats increase the urgency for governments and businesses to meet their net-zero commitment and make more important the role of global financial markets in facilitating capital flows towards transition efforts. Regulation Asia Co-Founder Brad Maclean sat down with Michael Tang, who heads up SGX RegCo’s Sustainable Development Office and the Listing Policy and Product Admission unit, as well as Clare Lim from the Sustainable Development Office, to explore the initiatives underway at SGX Group to help achieve our net zero goals.

Season 4: Episode 1

Frederic Boulier: Operational Complexities of an Ever Evolving Sanctions Landscape

Published on 10 April 2023

The continuing evolution and growing complexity of the sanctions landscape have made it more important than ever for banks to have in place a robust sanctions compliance programme. In this context, Regulation Asia Co-Founder Brad Maclean sat down with Frederic Boulier, Senior Director and Global Head of Financial Crime & Compliance Management Solution Consulting at Oracle, to discuss the operational, technology and data-related challenges associated with effective sanctions compliance in the current environment, as well as the processes firms should have in place to manage and mitigate risk while maximising efficiency.

Season 3: Episode 3

Redefining Risk: Moving to a Customer Centric Risk Approach in AML Programmes

Published on 4 July 2022

From New York and London to Singapore and Hong Kong, all eyes are on the decisions being made by lawmakers and regulators to ensure financial services remain accessible, safe and resilient - and that they are not used for illicit purposes. In this context, APAC regulators and industry bodies make it clear that they expect financial institutions to understand and manage customer risk. The Regulation Asia team sat down with Matthew Field, APAC AML Market Director for NICE Actimize, to discuss the approaches being used to enhance data quality, create more dynamic customer profiles, improve detection capabilities, and flush out money launderers.

Season 3: Episode 2

Redefining Risk: Illegal Wildlife Trade and the Financial Sector Response

Published on 4 April 2022

In this episode, Regulation Asia co-founder Brad Maclean and editor Manesh Samtani talk to Chinali Patel, International Illicit Finance Policy Lead at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong, and Henry Williams, Head of Investigations at Themis, about illegal wildlife trade and the development of a new toolkit to help financial institutions combat this activity.

The toolkit was developed by the UK and UAE governments in collaboration with WWF, TRAFFIC and Themis – and is freely accessible here.

Season 3: Episode 1

Redefining Risk: Russia Sanctions and Impacts on Financial Institutions

Published on 3 March 2022

In this episode, Regulation Asia co-founder Brad Maclean and editor Manesh Samtani sit down with Tom Keatinge, founding director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) at RUSI, and Nick Turner, a lawyer with Steptoe & Johnson in Hong Kong and a RUSI associate fellow, to discuss the sanctions being imposed against Russia and how they are impacting financial institutions and business.

Check out the CFCS 'Suspicious Transaction Report' podcast series here, and follow Nick Turner's weekly 'Sanctions Top-5' updates here.

Season 2: Episode 3

Julie Bolan: The Power of Collaborative Innovation in Financial Services

Published on 12 January 2022

In the third episode of this special series of podcasts in partnership with SWIFT, Brad Maclean, co-founder of Regulation Asia sits down with Julie Bolan, Head of Business Innovation for Oceania at SWIFT, to discuss how financial institutions can leverage the power of Collaborative Innovation to address rapidly evolving customer expectations that continue to challenge existing business models.

Season 2: Episode 2

Nicolas Stuckens: Guiding Principles for Screening ISO 20022 Messages

Published on 14 December 2021

In the second episode of this special series of podcasts in partnership with SWIFT, Brad Maclean, co-founder of Regulation Asia sits down with Nicolas Stuckens, Head of Sanctions Initatives at SWIFT, to discuss how sanctions screening and financial crime compliance will be impacted as the financial industry migrates to ISO 20022.

Guiding principles for screening ISO 20022 payments: Download

Season 2: Episode 1

Stella Lim: The Changing Payments & Securities Landscape

Published on 8 December 2021

New Season: In this special series of podcasts in partnership with SWIFT, Brad Maclean, co-founder of Regulation Asia sits down with Stella Lim, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, to talk about how SWIFT is enhancing its transaction management platform to adapt to changes in the global payment and securities business landscape.

SWIFT Transaction Monitoring: Find out more here

Season 1: Episode 2

Chew Chin Yee: Enforcement & Whistleblowing

Published on 16 August 2021

In the second of this special series of podcasts in partnership with SGX, Brad Maclean, co-founder of Regulation Asia sits down with Chew Chin Yee, Head of Regulatory Development and Policy & Enforcement at SGX RegCo, to talk about whistleblowing and what it takes to build a culture of good faith and trust among listed entities.

SGX RegCo: https://www.sgx.com/regulation/about-sgx-regco

Season 1: Episode 1

Boon Gin Tan: Talking SPACs & Sustainability with the CEO of SGX RegCo

Published on 30 April 2021

In the first of a special series of podcasts, hosted by Regulation Asia Co-founders Nick Wakefield and Brad Maclean, we sit down with Boon Gin Tan, CEO of SGX RegCo, to discuss his career to date, key priorities for SGX, as well as the key areas of focus planned for the 7 May 2021 SGX Regulatory Symposium, including SPACs and Sustainability.

SGX RegCo: https://www.sgx.com/regulation/about-sgx-regco

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