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Allison Spagnolo is a managing director at Guidepost Solutions LLC. She works on various compliance engagements for financial institutions to review AML and sanctions issues and conduct on-site inspections and reviews for monitorships and other compliance matters. She worked with an international European bank to ensure it has a robust sanctions and AML compliance program and provided extensive advice and recommendations regarding these matters, as well as the organization and governance of its compliance function and KYC program and processes. Ms. Spagnolo has experience revising policies and procedures to fully comply with relevant laws and regulations; conducting testing to identify potential vulnerabilities; and creating and implementing appropriate action plans and remediation efforts. Her background includes developing risk reviews and assessments for public and private entities.
Robert Appleton is a globally recognized anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act expert and one of the foremost FCPA and AML practitioners in the world. A former U.S. Department of Justice and United Nations prosecutor, he has led, supervised or managed more than 1000 corruption and compliance cases in over 150 countries in his more than 25-year career.
Mr. Appleton has spent significant time in Europe, Eurasia, Sweden focusing on the AML cases that have been brought, and also having a role in two of them. These involve Russian oligarchs utilizing large international banks to facilitate money laundering. A number of cases have been brought, and banks and other financial institutions as well as businesses continue to have compliance failures, after having spent a fortune on compliance.