Anti–Money Laundering Business Breakfast

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Anti–Money Laundering Business Breakfast

Date(s) - 18/04/2019
9:30 am - 12:15 pm

Hotel Novotel Sofia

EY and AmCham Bulgaria have the pleasure of inviting you to a joint event on the AML topic and to be part of various discussions on AML and technology.

The event is aimed at:

·         C-suite level management

·         Board members

·         Legal and Compliance heads

·         Internal auditors

·         Operational managers





9:30 –  10:00     Registration and coffee

10:00 –  10:10    Welcome words and introduction to AML

Svetlin Adrianov, Ernst & Young Law Partnership Leader

George Alexandrov, AmCham Board Member and a Co-chair of E-Governance Committee


10:10 – 11:00    Part 1: AML and technology

Ali Pirzada, Forensic and Integrity Services, EY Bulgaria

We will discuss the use of innovation and technology to manage money laundering risk. Specifically we will discuss how new technology and innovation can help make compliance processes more efficient and more effective. Leveraging the latest technology in financial crime compliance solutions can reduce manual review requirements, minimize the occurrence of false positives and streamline the regulatory reporting process. Given the low impact of current AML efforts, combined with the increasing complexity of threats and growing volume of data to analyze, now is the time to explore the potential of technology to enable a change in AML capability and provide a means to scale and adapt to the modern threat of money laundering.


11:00  – 11:30    Part 2: Challenges and shortcomings of the new AML framework

Irina Yaneva, Ernst & Young Law Partnership

The inadvertent use of the widening trade opportunities and the banking system for money laundering activities is a key challenge being faced by a number of industries. In response, EU and national legislators and regulatory authorities have tightened significantly the AML regulatory framework. Complying with these regulations requires banks, financial institutions and other market operators from different industries to implement an effective compliance system. This, in turn, requires companies to build an effective business case for the right compliance system equipped with requisite capabilities and latest technology tools. We shall discuss the impact of the new AML framework on the businesses in Bulgaria.


11:30  – 11:45    Questions & Answers


Svetlin Adrianov is Associate Partner and Law Leader for EY Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. He has 24 years of experience as a lawyer, practicing in the fields of Corporate Law, Commercial Law, M&A, Anti-trust & Competition, Consumer Protection, IP, Dispute Resolution. He has joined EY in 2018.

Svetlin’s main focus is on Competition Law (including anti-trust, prohibited agreements, unfair competition, abuse of economic dependence and merger control), M&A and Corporate Law. Prior to joining EY, he has been an attorney-at-law and partner in one of the first and biggest Bulgarian full-service law firms, heading the Competition and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.


Ali Pirzada is the Practice Leader of EY Bulgaria’s Forensic & Integrity Services. He is a highly experienced professional with over 20 years of experience in three different continents. He is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, with a previous Master’s degree in International Management & Business from King’s College in London.

Ali is experienced in leading and managing audits, forensic investigations, risk and compliance reviews of entities in various countries in Europe (UK, Bulgaria, Romania, North Macedonia, Albania). His specific focus is on financial sector entities from multiple aspects including audits, operational risk reviews, AML/KYC reviews, business process analysis with a focus on performance improvement (banks, insurance companies, pensions funds and assets manager).


Irina Yaneva, Attorney-at-law is a Manager in the Legal Department of EY Bulgaria with many years of experience in the field of commercial, contractual and administrative law and alternative dispute resolution.  Irina has acted as a procedural representative of international and Bulgarian companies, banking institutions and public authorities and companies in civil and administrative matters and arbitration litigation. Irina takes an active part in lecturing at seminars, round tables and other events on various legal topics.


The upcoming event is free of charge. The presentation will be held in English.

Free of charge parking slots are also available until fully occupied.

For questions in relation to the event, do not hesitate to contact us at the following email: [email protected]

Registrations will be accepted until reaching the full capacity of the conference hall.


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