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The Laundry

The Laundry podcast: Dive deep into the intricacies of financial crime, AML (anti-money laundering), compliance, sanctions, and the ever-evolving landscape of financial regulation.Hosted by Marit Rødevand and Fredrik Riiser – this podcast features renowned experts from sectors such as banking, fintech, compliance, and investigative journalism. Together, they shed light on the industry's trending topics, analyse mainstream news through a compliance-focused lens, and connect the fight against financial crime to its real-world consequences and ramifications.The Laundry is proudly produced by Strise, the AML Automation Cloud. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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Recent Episodes of The Laundry


E85: The line between humans and AI in fighting financial crime

E85: The line between humans and AI in fighting financial crime

Live on stage at VENUE81 in Stockholm, Sweden!


AI is powerful tool in combatting financial crime and its impact can no longer be ignored. But where do we draw the line between a human professional with vast industry knowledge, and an AI fed the exact same information?


What nuances can a human detect that a language learning model might miss? Can AI truly interpret and deduce?


In the latest episode of The Laundry – our expert host, Marit Rødevand is joined live on-stage by governance, compliance and AML expert, Viveka Stra...

Episode 5 23 May 2024 26m and 48s


E84: Connecting oligarchs to a sovereign wealth fund

E84: Connecting oligarchs to a sovereign wealth fund

What could link oligarchs and FATF grey-list countries to the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund?


The Government Pension Fund of Norway, known more commonly as the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, was established as a way to invest the country’s surplus revenues from its oil and gas sector. 


To date, the fund has reportedly put money into more than 8,500 companies in 65 countries around the world and is the largest sovereign wealth fund on the planet! 


But what happens when you take a public list of those declared investments and put th...

Episode 4 16 May 2024 26m and 32s


E83: Financial crime in the football industry

E83: Financial crime in the football industry

The beautiful game – a sport adored by billions across the world.


Fans will buy their tickets on match days and pay for subscription packages to watch all the big games. Meanwhile, wealthy owners pour fortunes to elevate their clubs to the top of the football pyramid and turn them into a valuable global brand.


But alongside all the money streaming in from passionate supporters, wealthy owners, TV deals, and big-name sponsors – there are dark avenues of finance which have made their way into these beloved institutions.


A report from the United...

Episode 3 8 May 2024 35m and 59s


E82: What keeps compliance professionals up at night?

E82: What keeps compliance professionals up at night?

This podcast is coming to you from the floor of Penningtvättsdagarna - Sweden’s biggest event focussed on professionals combating financial crime.


So what better time to look at the challenges which have compliance professionals reaching for the stress ball? If you’re ever been wide awake in the night thinking about data breaches, new policy procedures, or audits - this episode is for you!


In the latest episode of The Laundry – our expert host, Fredrik Riiser, is joined by Åsa Birgersdotter, Head of Group AML & CFT at Handelsbanken, and Erik Blommé, Director...

Episode 2 2 May 2024 31m and 15s


E81: Bull Run: Is crypto still the Wild West of compliance?

E81: Bull Run: Is crypto still the Wild West of compliance?

Whisper it quietly, but crypto might be back.


The industry is feeling confident following a few tough years, with Bitcoin’s market value skyrocketing, bills passing through U.S Congress, gold credit cards, and sushi served on scantily clad models at industry parties...


But, alongside this fresh industry confidence, there is the backdrop of FTX founder - Sam Bankman-Fried - being sentenced to 25 years in prison, Binance executives going through the courts in Nigeria, and billions of dollars evading sanctions and being sent to Russia via cryptocurrency exchanges. 


So, where doe...

Episode 1 25 April 2024 34m and 6s


Trailer: We're a financial crime podcast, of course!

Trailer: We're a financial crime podcast, of course!

We're a financial crime podcast, and of course, we're jumping on a viral trend – but making it our own!


The Laundry is back with 12 new episodes starting next week.


Join our expert hosts, Marit Rødevand and Fredrik Riiser, as they embark on a journey to connect the world of compliance, AML, and financial crime to its real world consequences.


Rediscover why this work matters!


Producer: Matthew Dunne-Miles

Engineers: Dominic Delargy, Nicholas Thon


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The Laundry podcast: Dive deep into the...

Episode 18 April 2024 1m and 31s


E80: De-banked SMEs: How 140,000 small businesses ended up on a banking blacklist

E80: De-banked SMEs: How 140,000 small businesses ended up on a banking blacklist

Some pretty shocking statistics surfaced recently from an enquiry by the UK’s Treasury Committee looking into access to finance.


Obtaining data from eight UK banks - the committee found that more than 140,000 accounts held by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were forcibly closed in the past year.


 Following hot on the heels of the Nigel Farage Coutts drama – as well as the country’s recent dip into a recession – these figures raise concerns about how the backbone of the UK economy is being served by the banking industry.


So is this a r...

Episode 13 28 March 2024 29m and 8s


E79: How Wirecard's collapse shaped the future of whistleblowing

E79: How Wirecard's collapse shaped the future of whistleblowing

The Wirecard scandal has become the subject of legend in the financial industry.


The German payments company, formerly worth tens of billions of euros, collapsed following the exposure of massive accounting fraud and financial misconduct.


The fall of Wirecard sent shockwaves across the financial industry as well as right to the very top of politics, but none of it would have been possible without the actions of a whistleblower.


To call out financial misconduct and illegal practices takes enormous strength, courage and determination – but what are the costs for the in...

Episode 12 21 March 2024 25m and 20s


E78: The financial crime risks of Sweden’s cashless society dream

E78: The financial crime risks of Sweden’s cashless society dream

Sweden is the global poster-child of the journey to completely digital transactions – with the number of Swedes using cash falling from 39% in 2010 to just 9% in 2020.  


But; does a cashless society offer only benefits, or do we need to consider the financial crime risks this creates – as well as those it stops?


In the latest episode of The Laundry – our expert host, Fredrik Riiser is joined by Kajsa Nordborg, Head of AML at Loomis.


The panel discuss: how global wars and cyber-terrorism can leave digital systems vulnerable to disruption, the groups which rely...

Episode 11 14 March 2024 24m and 57s


E77: Can compliance professionals tackle romance fraud?

E77: Can compliance professionals tackle romance fraud?

You may have seen the Netflix documentaries, TikTok sagas, or long-read articles about charming con artists using elaborate stories to extract life savings from their victims – using affection to mask their true aims.


But this isn’t just the subject of true crime stories; this is real life and it’s happening right now.


The UK’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has revealed they received more than 8,000 reports of romance fraud in the last full financial year. That nearly 30 new victims coming forward per day - with many more feeling too embarrassed or ashamed...

Episode 10 7 March 2024 36m and 34s

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