ACAMS opens Asia office

15 January 2009

The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) has opened a new office in Hong Kong.

Announcing the move this week, the international organization - which has more than 9,000 members - stated that it made the move in recognition of Asia's growth as a financial power and the increase in fraud that goes hand-in-hand with this.

The body plans to being running seminars and work groups to improve anti-money laundering training in the region.

One such event, the Anti-Money Laundering & Counter-Terrorism Financing Conference, will be hosted in conjunction with the Hong Kong Association of Banks between March 29th and March 31st.

Gregory Calpakis, executive director of ACAMS, commented: "We're thrilled for the opportunity to establish a local presence to help further AML/CTF (anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism financing) awareness and establish a network of AML professionals in or doing business with Asia."

ACAMS is base in Miami, Florida, but has a presence in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

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