Financial Crime Research Network Members

UWE Bristol and external scholars that lead the research into financial crime. 

Dr Nicholas Ryder, Professor in Financial Crime at UWE Bristol

Nicholas's principle areas of research and teaching are financial rime, banking regulation and the regulation of consumer credit. 

He has written extensively on the areas of financial crime and published four monographs, two text books and an edited collection. He is currently writing a fifth monograph and two edited collections. Nicholas has also published over 80 articles, reviews, invited contributions and reports in a number of prestigious journals including Legal Studies, The Cambridge Law Journal, Contemporary Issues in Law and the Journal of Business Law. He is the founder and series editor of Routledge’s series The Law Relating to Financial Crime, and co-series editor for Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society

Nicholas is a member of several editorial boards including Financial Regulation International, Criminal Law News, Current Criminal Law and Business and Management Research. He has given guest lectures and talks to a wide range of bodies including: the Centre for European Legal Studies, the Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry, the University of Notre Dame, the National Assembly for Wales, the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), the Wales Fraud Forum, the South West Fraud Forum, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Society of Legal Scholars. His research has been sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, the City of London Police Force, ICT Wilmington Risk & Compliance, Universities South West, France Telecom Group and the European Social Fund.

Professor Jon TuckerProfessor of Finance at UWE Bristol, and Visiting Professor in Finance at the Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and was previously at the University of Exeter.

Jon is the Director of the Centre for Global Finance, which brings together researchers in the areas of finance and economics to produce interdisciplinary research in the fields of corporate finance, financial markets, international monetary systems, financial institutions, corporate governance and accountability, and financial crime. He is the former Chief Examiner for Investment Analysis for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and is a reviewer for a wide range of accounting, banking and finance journals. His research skills are in evidence in the field of finance, with a particular emphasis on equity analysis, asset pricing, financial disclosure, credit ratings, bank performance and regulation, and corporate capital structure. He has many years of experience of PhD supervision and PhD examining.

Jon has lectured on Finance, Accounting, Economics and Business programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for the last 24 academic years, and has also worked in the banking (National Westminster Bank) and accountancy (KPMG Peat Marwick) professions. He occasionally works as a consultant financial analyst for city investment banks, and has engaged in executive training.

At UWE Bristol, Jon steered the development of the successful MSc Finance programme and has driven the development of the Centre for Global Finance. He has published widely in the field of financial economics, including publications in The European Journal of Finance, the International Review of Financial Analysis, the Journal of Futures Markets, The International Journal of Accounting, Accounting and Business Research, and the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting. Jon’s interests, research and consultancy interests in the field of financial crime extend to the factors underlying the financial crisis, and the role played by financial crime, financial market structure, mechanisms, players and incentives, and financial governance and ethics.

Dr Clare-Chambers-Jones, Associate Professor in Law at UWE Bristol

Clare's main research area is on financial crimes in cyberspace, whether within online virtual worlds or MMORPG games. She has written prolifically in this area and has redefined the terminology used for financial crimes committed within the virtual world. Clare is also interested in digital and virtual currencies and their legal application in international jurisdictions.

She has worked with the Commonwealth Working Group on Cybercrime to produce a working document looking at the Commonwealth model law on cybercrime. She also contributes to numerous other interdisciplinary working groups which are working towards a greater acceptance of virtual world legislation for financial crimes.

Dr Axel Palmer lectures on the LLM programme in International Commercial Disputes and Banking and Finance Law at UWE Bristol

Axel is a researcher in the field of economic crime, which encompasses fraud, bribery and corruption. His doctoral thesis critiques the response to economic crime by the United Kingdom authorities post-economic crisis, and draws parallels with the United States of America and Australia. 

He was previously Head of Debt Management and then Head of Litigation at Lloyds Banking Group, with experience of dealing with corporate turnarounds and insolvency and dispute resolution and litigation, in addition to economic crime.

Dr Lachmi-Singh Rodriges, Senior Law Lecturer and LLM Programmes Leader at UWE Bristol

Lachmi is currently a Senior Law Lecturer and LLM Programmes Leader at UWE Bristol (Bristol Law School), and teaches Commercial Law on the undergraduate programme and Shipping Law on the postgraduate programme. Lachmi has published numerous articles and books in the areas of international trade, contract law, commercial law and shipping law.

Lachmi taught as a postgraduate teaching assistant for three years at the University of Birmingham in the areas of Contract Law and International Trade Law. Her research interests are contract law, international trade law and shipping law. 

She holds a BA from the University of Toronto (2001), a LLB  from the University of Birmingham (2004 ), a PGCert from the Higher Education Academy(2006 ) and a PhD from UWE Bristol (2015).

Dr Mary Young, subject expert

Mary is a recognised subject expert in financial crime in offshore financial centres and transnational organised crime. She is a subject expert for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, and a contributing intelligence analyst with Open Briefing. She has been researching the complex relationship between financial secrecy, criminal proceeds and offshore financial centres since 2003, when she undertook the LLM International Business Law at Aberystwyth University – she later focused on the subject for her PhD (Aberystwyth University, 2011).

Mary’s main research interests surround the concept of confiscation law and its interaction with financial secrecy laws. She is also interested in transnational crime at the wider level, particularly drug trafficking and its interaction with drug trafficking. In October 2012, Mary gave a training workshop on offshore financial centres and money laundering for members of the Abu Dhabi Police force, held at the (former) Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) headquarters. In 2013, Mary was interviewed on the subjects of money laundering and offshore banking for international publications including the LA Times. She was interviewed in 2014 by the Eastern Europe desk of Deutsche Welle (the German news broadcaster), the Financial Times, and was invited to speak by Dods Parliamentary Communications. 

With recent and forthcoming projects she has concentrated on empirical research to uncover the truths behind wildlife trafficking and money laundering in Vietnam. Mary is a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and will undertake a Research Fellowship at the University of Iceland in 2016.

Samantha Bourton, Assistant Support Lecturer at UWE Bristol

Sam has been an Assistant Support Lecturer in the Department of Law at UWE Bristol since November 2014. Her research interests focus on tax evasion, money laundering and fraud. She has published on the areas of money laundering and tax evasion, including the implications of the Fourth European Money Laundering Directive and the response by the UK authorities to the recent HSBC bank tax evasion scandal. Sam is currently working on a book chapter evaluating the responses in the UK and USA to mortgage fraud since the financial crisis of 2007–2008.

Komkrich Silathong

Komkrich is currently a PhD candidate at UWE Bristol, Bristol Law School. He has a Bachelor's degree in Law, and two Masters degrees, one in Social Development (Policy Analysis) and another in Global Governance and Public Policy. He has spent most of his working life as a Police Officer in the Royal Thai Police Force, and as an Anti-Money Laundering Officer with the Thai Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO). 

Komkrich's primary focus is on the study of money laundering policies internationally and in Thailand. He has tried to seek out specific remedies for improving the current regime, with an emphasis on the roles of competent authorities in combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism. It is his desire to find new ways to encourage developing countries to fight efficiently and deal with this modern societal problem that adversely affects our communities in so many ways.

Henry Hillman, PhD Candidate and Associate Lecturer at UWE Bristol

Henry Hillman is a PhD Candidate at UWE Bristol and Associate Lecturer at UWE Bristol. Henry completed his LLB and LLM at the University and teaches in Commercial Law, Business Law, and International Banking and Finance Law. Henry’s research interests are banking regulation, bank sanctions, virtual currencies and money laundering. His PhD research concerns the vulnerability of virtual worlds to money laundering abuse, and he is undertaking case studies of the UK, US and Australia.

Henry has worked on C. Chambers Jones and H. Hillman, Financial Crime and Gambling in a Virtual World: A New Frontier in Cybercrime (Edward Elgar, 2014) and contributed to N. Ryder, U. Turksen and S. Hassler, Fighting Financial Crime in the Global Economic Crisis (Routledge, 2014). He has also published a number of journal articles.

External Members

Fraud Advisory Panel

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Dr Ester Herlin-Karnell, Professor of EU Constitutional Law and Justice, University of Amsterdam

Ester is a Professor of EU Constitutional Law and Justice and a University Research Chair at VU University Amsterdam. Her recent publications include a monograph on the constitutional dimension of European criminal law (Hart publishing, 2012) and numerous articles on the EU security regulation, EU criminal law, constitutional aspects of EU law and on regulatory market-based challenges in the EU’s fight against financial crimes and terrorism. She is also the co-author (with Nicholas Ryder) of Market manipulation and the financial crisis: Regulatory challenges and responses in United States of America, the European Union and the United Kingdom, (forthcoming Hart Publishing 2018), as well as the co-editor (with M Fletcherand C Matera) of The European Union as an Area ofFreedom, Security and Justice (forthcoming Routledge 2016).

Dr Umut Turksen, Professor in Law, Kingston University

Umut has 15 years of international experience in designing, managing and delivering legal education, research and high impact consultancy projects in prestigious organisation. Dr Umut Turksen is the Head of Commercial Law Research Unit. He is a business facing academic who is currently researching the risks, challenges and opportunities that the digital assets and property pose for society.

He has published extensively in the area of financial crime and brings a wide range of expertise and experience in areas including international trade and economic law, energy law, counter-terrorism law, financial crime and banking regulations, commercial law and European Union law.

Saamir Nizam, Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, Editor-in-Chief, Scottish Parliamentary Review and The British Journal of White Collar Crime

Saamir is chief editor of The British Journal of White Collar Crime and the Scottish Parliamentary Review. He is also a trainee solicitor with the firm of Maclay, Murray & Spens in Edinburgh, Scotland. Saamir has over 25 years of experience in researching and drafting legislation, committee reports, and investigative materials relating to financial and budgetary matters. In the past, Saamir participated in: the BCCI investigation (and legislative/regulatory responses), the savings and loan crisis (and resulting legislation), financial failures by municipalities and public bodies, and more recently, the mortgage loan crises. His legal practice will entail EU/UK/US competition/antitrust law, cartel offences, corporate investigations, and white collar criminal defence. Saamir holds a BA (George Washington), LLB (Edinburgh Napier), MSc and Dip. LP (Edinburgh) degrees and is currently a visiting scholar and tutor at the University of St. Andrews.

Andrew Baker, Senior Lecture, Liverpool John Moores University

Andrew is a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. His research interests are in the regulation of banks and financial crime. A specific focus of his interests is in the links between regulation and market abuse, and whether an alternative to the current regulatory reforms could be found in an enhanced sanctions-based regime. Other research interests include the confiscation of criminally obtained assets and the difficulties posed by law enforcement in denying criminal enterprises the fruits of the illegal activities. 

Andrew is a doctoral candidate at UWE Bristol researching the current developments in regulatory reform, with a focus on the complexity of regulatory regimes and what alternative mechanisms are available. Andrew has written articles on corporate social responsibility in banks and on the UK market abuse regime. He is course leader for Bank and Financial Services Regulation and Law Relating to Financial Crime on the LLB and LJMU and course leader for Financial Crime on the LLM.

Geoff Mesher FCA MAE

Geoff is Managing Partner at Tempest Forensic Accounting UK LLP and Chairman of the Wales Fraud Forum.

Geoff has led many fraud investigations, investigating both misappropriation of assets and fraudulent financial reporting for private sector companies and public institutions. He has advised on professional negligence claims against accountants arising from frauds in organisations that they audit. Geoff has carried out fraud risk mitigation work across a number of sectors. He has been engaged as an expert witness and/or adviser in a number of criminal cases, for both the prosecution and defence. These have included fraud and theft cases as well as Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings.

Steve Hyndman, Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance

Steve is responsible for managing financial risk and compliance across the Global Aviva Investors business. This includes strategy, policy, the financial crime risk management framework, training, prevention and investigation, and compliance monitoring. Steve has ten years of experience managing investigations, and prevention activity in financial services across fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption, and sanctions. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, a Member of Investment Association Financial Crime Committee, and holds a LLB in Law with French and an MSc in Fraud Risk Management.

Massuda Modjaz, Managing Editor, the British Journal of White Collar Crime

Massuda is the managing editor of The British Journal of White Collar Crime, responsible for articles related to bribery/corruption, dawn raids, and cartel offences. She is a German lawyer/barrister in her own practice in Frankfurt, Germany, and advises financial sector clients in a range of matters. Until July 2015, she worked at Maclay, Murray & Spens LLP (MMS) in the EU, Competition & Regulatory Practice in Glasgow, Scotland. There she specialised in competition, anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance, as well as public procurement and state aid matters.

Before joining MMS, Massuda worked in the legal and compliance department of a global insurance company in Dublin, Ireland. She qualified in Germany in 2009 and holds a Masters in International Law from University of Glasgow. She has also worked as a stagiair (trainee) at the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg in 2005, and completed a five-month “Stage international” for lawyers in Paris, France, in 2010. Massuda speaks German, English, French and Farsi.

Paul Keenan, Keenan Regulatory Consulting Limited

A senior financial markets professional with extensive and diverse knowledge, skills and experience gained in both on-shore and off-shore investment environments at board and CEO level. Paul has in-depth knowledge of the complex products, the required systems and controls, and regulatory supervision and enforcement in those investment environments that he built on a career in inter-governmental projects and financing, investment banking, regulation and education over 40 years. He also has broad experience of working at committee level with the finance industry's Trade Associations.

The breadth and depth of this combination of professional experiences has uniquely qualified him to contribute at a high level to all aspects of the regulatory risk management function. He has a good reputation for the ability to communicate complex ideas to non-expert groups, and for training and coaching others in the intricacies and requirements of compliance policy, from the trading floor up to Board level.

He is a highly regarded speaker on regulatory risk and financial crime (AML) issues at Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), Complinet and academic seminars.

Dr Jackie Harvey, Professor of Financial Management, Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria

Dr Jackie Harvey is Professor of Financial Management and Director of Business Research at Newcastle Business School. Her research is focused in the area of criminal financial management, in particular money laundering.  Early outputs considered costs and benefits of regulatory compliance before moving on to evaluate the effectiveness of the Anti-Money Laundering Framework.  Jackie has been invited to speak at a number of very high profile academic and practitioner conferences in both the UK and Europe. She is on the Editorial Board for the European Cross-Border Crime Colloquium that brings together researchers from across Europe. Her main teaching interests focus on risk and investment management together with financial market regulation.  Prior to becoming an academic, Jackie, whose PhD is in Taxation Policy, spent 10 years working for a major merchant bank, followed by a 3 year posting as fiscal policy adviser (under the auspices of the British Government) to the Ministry of Finance in Belize.

Dr Colin King, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex

Colin King is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex and Joint Lead of the Sussex Crime Research Group. In March 2016 Colin gave oral evidence at the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into the Proceeds of Crime Act. He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2015- ), on the editorial board of Lloyds Law Reports: Financial Crime (2015- ), and an Academic Fellow at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple (2014- ). His teaching is in the areas of: Criminal Law; Criminal Evidence; Transnational Offending; Financial Crime; and Banking Law. His research focuses on civil recovery (NCB forfeiture), particularly in Ireland, the UK, the EU, and with reference to the ECHR. Colin is co-editor of Dirty Assets: Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets (King and Walker, Ashgate, 2014). Also with Clive Walker, Colin is organising an AHRC-funded research network (2014-16) entitled 'Dirty Assets: Experiences, reflections, and lessons learnt from a decade of legislation on criminal money laundering and terrorism financing'.

Dr Alison Lui, Senior Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University

Alison obtained her LL.B (European Legal Studies) from the University of Bristol. She spent a year in Germany as part of her undergraduate degree. She then studied a LL.M (Corporate and Commercial Law) at the London School of Economics. She obtained her PhD from the University of Liverpool. She qualified as a Solicitor and practised commercial law before joining LJMU. She is a joint module leader for Bank and Financial Services Regulation on the LL.B programme.  Alison’s research interests are predominantly in financial regulation and corporate governance. She has published articles and book chapters. Her monograph “Financial stability and prudential regulation: A comparison between the regulators and central banks of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and Germany” will be published in 2016 with Routledge. She has also appeared in radio programmes. Alison has won a number of awards to date. In 2010, she was runner-up in the British Federation of Women Graduates Travel Bursary Competition. In 2011, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship. A year later, she was a joint winner of a Higher Education Authority grant for employability and social media. In 2013, she was awarded an LJMU Early Career Researcher Fellowship. Alison won a Max Planck Society Scholarship in 2015, which enabled her to spend three months at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg to conduct research into financial regulation. Alison is an Academic Fellow of the Honorary Society of the Inner Temple. She is a reviewer of the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance.

Bolanle Karimu, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of England, Bristol

Bola is an active researcher in the area of bank risk modelling and news event study. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the UWE Bristol. Presently, he is the module leader on both the Credit Risk Analysis and Management, and the International Financial Management modules. Bola is currently working on emerging research interests in the area of financial crime and anti-money laundering, with specific reference to how regulators can mitigate the money laundering risks in the virtual currency world.  Bola worked in different departments within the retail banking industry in African (Nigeria) for over five years. He holds an MBA from the University of Lagos (2000), an MSc Financial Management from UWE Bristol (2008), a PGCert from the Higher Education Academy (2013) and a PhD from UWE Bristol (2016).

Dr. Gauri Sinha, Lecturer in Law, Kingston University

Gauri holds a PhD specialising in Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and currently works as a Lecturer in Law at Kingston University, London. Her research interests include financial crime, financial regulation and corporate accountability.  Gauri also consults on AML issues, and her recent project entailed advising the Government of Jamaica on financial sanctions and asset freezing related to weapons proliferation. Prior to joining Kingston, Gauri was working at Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a Senior Associate in the Forensic department where she consulted several global banks and commercial organisations. In addition, she has worked with the World Bank as a financial crime specialist, to design a 'Know Your Customer’ security framework for a carbon-trading platform.

Dr Steven Cairns, Senior Lecturer in Law, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Steven Cairns is a specialist in the role of corporate governance in preventing financial crime within multinational financial groups. He is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Liverpool John Moores University. His doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Changing the Culture of Financial Regulation: a Corporate Governance Approach,’ analysed the roles and responsibilities of the director (both executive and non-executive) within large corporate groups. His research used the global financial crisis as a lens for wider critique. Dr Cairns’ subsequent research has focused on the liability of directors for decision making within the corporate structure. His wider research interests focus on the roles and responsibilities of formal regulators and the board of directors. He currently delivers lectures on banking regulation and financial crime to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Stacey Visser, Quality Assurance Analyst for KYC and AML

Stacey has 2 years’ experience in the financial crime/finance and risk departments of Barclays and Thomson Reuters. She is responsible for analyzing client cases to ensure compliance with policy requirements and KYC best practices. Prior to moving into the financial crime sector Stacey was a practicing attorney and conveyancer for a law firm in Cape Town, South Africa and holds an LLB degree.

Lorenzo Pasculli, Senior Lecturer in Law at Kingston Law School

Lorenzo is the co-founder and director of the Integrity Research Group (IRG) at Kingston Law School. The IRG brings together researchers from different areas of expertise to advance collective understanding of the causes and dynamics of corruption and to improve anti-corruption policies adopted locally, nationally and at an international level by governments, public bodies and businesses.  Lorenzo's main research interest concern on the prevention of global crimes, such as transnational corruption, corporate crimes, organised crime and terrorism. In order to pursue his research, he spent several visiting research periods in some of the most prestigious universities in the world, such as the University of Oxford, Queen's University Belfast, Columbia University (New York) and Fordham University (New York) .  His first book on the Measures of Prevention of International Terrorism and Criminal Trafficking (2012) has been awarded the international prize "Opera Selezionata G. Falcone - P. Borsellino" in 2015. He is currently writing a second book on the topic in the attempt of outlining a general theory of the negative measures of crime prevention (preventive detention, control orders, curfews, travel bans, asset freeze, etc.) in a global and inter-disciplinary perspective. The aim of this research is to highlight a universal grammar of negative prevention, in order to assess its legal and pre-legal foundations (often based on fear and irrationality), to criticise the extant national and supranational models of negative crime prevention and to suggest, also though concrete proposals and on-the-field research, the gradual replacement of such models with positive models entailing the promotion of human values and the enhancement of the human personality rather than its compression.


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