Counter-money Laundering vs. Anti-money Laundering: What is the Difference



With guest Nigel Morris-Cotterill 

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Why are money laundering criminals constantly ahead of authorities? 

In this episode of Regulatory Ramblings, Ajay Shamdasani is joined by Nigel Morris-Cotterill, counter-money laundering strategist and financial crime author, in a discussion on the underlying causes of money laundering offences happening around the globe.

As criminals aim to conceal data and information behind unlawful activities, how can authorities and governing bodies get to the root of the problem? Could journalists play a stronger role in chasing the right leads to cases?


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Nigel Morris-Cotterill has been a counter-money laundering strategist since 1994, working in a wide range of financial crime risk management. Previously, Nigel was a solicitor for companies in the financial and technology sector.


Regulatory Ramblings Podcast


Welcome to Regulatory Ramblings, a new podcast from a team at The University of Hong Kong on the intersection of all things pertaining to finance, technology, law and regulation. Hosted by the HKU Reg/Tech Lab, HKU-Standard Chartered FinTech Academy and the HKU-edX Professional Certificate in FinTech, join us as we hear from luminaries across multiple fields and professions as they share their candid thoughts in a stress-free environment - rather than the soundbites one typically hears from the mainstream press.

Regulatory Ramblings is a forum for those that appreciate long-form conversation. While it is something that may be regarded as lost art of an older time, it is nonetheless sorely needed in an age when glibness and flippancy pass for analysis in conventional journalism.

Having said that, we are grateful to be able to avail ourselves of modern technological resources to bring you chats with people you are probably not going to hear from elsewhere.


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Ajay Shamdasani is a veteran writer, editor and researcher based in Hong Kong. He holds an AB in history and government from Ripon College, JD and MIPCT degrees from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce Law School, and an LLM in financial regulation from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.

His 15-year long career as a financial and legal journalist began as deputy editor of A Plus magazine – the journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. From there, he assumed the helm of Macau Business magazine as its editor-in-chief, and later, joined Asialaw magazine as its deputy editor.
More recently, he spent close to seven years as a senior correspondent with Thomson Reuters’ subscription-based trade-wire service Regulatory Intelligence/Compliance Complete (previously called Complinet) in Hong Kong. While there, he covered regulatory developments in that city, as well as Singapore, India and South Korea.