The Compliance Files

If you work in compliance you will not want to miss our new podcast series. The Compliance Files is a unique podcast series, giving you access to industry insights and key perspectives on how the evolving regulatory landscape is driving change, challenge and opportunity for compliance professionals everywhere.

 Episode 11:

In this week's episode Kathy Jacobs, ACOI President, speaks to John Devitt, CEO, Transparency International Ireland about their recent report - Safe Haven?’ Targeting the Proceeds of Foreign Corruption in Ireland. During their conversation we hear about a number of high-profile cases involving the laundering of bribes and embezzled state assets through finds managed in Irish-based banks and insurance firms and John outlines the most important recommendations that would make the biggest impact.

Safe Haven?’ Targeting the Proceeds of Foreign Corruption in Ireland Report

 Episode 10:

In this week's episode we have a reversal of roles as Kathy Jacobs, ACOI President, is interviewed by guest-host Kevin Adam of Broadgate Search. Kathy brings us through her career and the five ages of compliance. Kathy also gives advice to those looking to enter the compliance industry and as a hiring manager what she looks for in a potential employee. Plus, Kathy gives her perspective on the challenges facing those working in compliance in the 2020s.

 Episode 9:

In this week's episode Kathy Jacobs hosts a panel discussion with Lorna Smith, Alison Gibney and Karen Killalea of the Maples Group. The themes of the discussion are the principles and practices of good corporate governance for regulated firms and this week's guests give their insights on expectations from the Central Bank, inspections, HR tools & policies as well as the evolution of corporate governance as a result of the pandemic and SEAR, Diversity and Inclusion.

 Episode 8:

In this episode of The Compliance Files, Kathy Jacobs speaks with Ann Shiels, A&L Goodbody, on what you need to know about the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). Their conversation touched on what kind entities will be affected by SFDR, greenwashing, who is responsible for enforcing compliance with SFDR, taxonomy regulation and more.

 Episode 7:

In this episode of The Compliance Files, Kathy Jacobs speaks with Gráinne McEvoy, Director of Consumer Protection, Central Bank of Ireland. Their conversation included the Central Bank of Ireland’s key priorities and focus for 2021 such as strengthening their approach to protecting consumers, developing and enhancing the regulatory framework and their supervisory approaches.

 Episode 6:

The Voice of Compliance - is with Stephen Hudson Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer, at Permanent TSB discuss the importance of firm-wide AML frameworks, the role of the compliance professional and the role of the first line of defence in managing AML risk.

 Episode 5:

The Voice of Compliance - is with Kian Caulwell, Head of Conduct Risk and Compliance Advisory, KBC Bank Ireland and member of the ACOI Consumer Protection Working Group. Kian discusses some important Conduct talking points, he outlines what is conduct risk and the role of the compliance professional plus, the role of the first line of defence in managing conduct risk.

Episode 4:

In this week's episode ACOI President, Kathy Jacobs, speaks with MB Donnelly, Assistant Commissioner at the Irish Data Protection Commission, as Head of Communications, Regulatory Strategy, EU Projects and DPO Networks, about what it takes to put together the Data Protection Commission Annual Report and what everyone should take from it.

Episode 3:

To mark International Women’s Day, #choosetochallenge, Kathy Jacobs, President of ACOI spoke to Irish female leaders in regulation and legislation about their leadership experiences. Hear from Mary Elizabeth Munn, Director of Credit Institutions Supervision at the Central Bank of Ireland, Jennifer Dolan, Assistant Commissioner with the Data Protection Commission, the DPC’s Head of Children’s Policy, and Senator Fiona O’Loughlin, Chair of the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee.


Episode 2:

In the second episode we hear from Joe Beashel, a partner in the Financial Institutions Group and head of the regulatory risk management and compliance team at Matheson. Joe discusses the lifecycle of a Fintech from authorisation to regulations and why Ireland is so attractive to this industry. In this episode we will also hear from Andrew Quinn, Head of FinTech and Financial Services, Professional Accountancy Training, speak with Kathy Jacobs, ACOI President, about the ACOI's latest educational offering the Professional Diploma in FinTech Risk and Compliance.

Episode 1: 

Our inaugural guest is Seána Cunningham, Director of Enforcement and Anti-Money Laundering at Central Bank of Ireland. The podcast covers a wide range of topics with Seána providing valuable insights into the Central Bank’s 2021 priorities.


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