Anti-Money Laundering

Trusted expertise to resolve complex financial regulatory matters.

Ankura’s anti-money laundering (AML) team possesses deep experience addressing clients’ regulatory and operational issues relating to regulatory compliance. Our professionals approach our clients’ challenges utilizing the latest technologies, deep subject-matter and operational experience, and expertise across the financial services industry. We apply our experience from both in-house and consulting backgrounds to develop the most efficient and cost-effective solutions.

We provide the following solutions to our clients:

  • Lookback Reviews
    • Perform and manage extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) of data to rules engine and case management system
    • Assemble and manage team of AML analysts
    • Develop and test appropriate rules and parameters for alerts
    • Perform case investigations for final determination of suspicious activity
    • Recommend transactions and customers for suspicious activity reports (SARs)
    • Interface with relevant regulators and senior management
  • Alert and Case Backlog Support Programs
    • Evaluate current state of transaction monitoring workflow
    • Develop key performance metrics
    • Maximize quality assurance for peak efficiency and effectiveness
    • Perform rules testing and tuning as necessary to increase efficiency
    • Assemble and manage team of AML analysts
  • Regulator-Mandated Compliance

    Perform AML Model Validation and Tuning

    • Determine adherence to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and federal guidelines and standards
    • Evaluate productivity of alerts and transaction monitoring workflow for efficiency and effectiveness

    Perform AML Risk Assessments

    • Evaluate high-risk customers, transactions, and product lines
  • Customer Identification Programs and Know Your Customer (KYC)
    • Evaluate current state of customer intake and risk assessment
    • Evaluate workflow to determine efficiency and effectiveness of program
    • Perform remediation of customer identification program (CIP) and KYC backlog
  • Monitorships & Independent Oversight
    • Serve as primary monitor for regulator mandated monitorship
    • Assist legal team with subject-matter expertise and execution of required fieldwork including:
      • Lookback
      • Rules testing and tuning
      • Quality assurance
  • Analytics & Data Optimization
    • Interview information technology, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) investigations teams, accounting, and other critical business stakeholders
    • Identify and extract data from payments and screening systems
    • Extract key message fields from relevant SWIFT, CHIPS, and/or Fedwire messages, and cull review population according to important message types
    • Independently test historic payment and message activity to verify appropriate alerts and case escalation
    • Develop risk-based analytics for transaction testing, risk assessments, and lookback reviews
    • Conduct systematic testing of sanctions screening/due diligence processes, including OFAC Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN), among others
    • Perform systematic and automated testing of compliance controls
    • Deploy interactive and visual dashboards
    • Automate reporting and case management solutions

Our Solutions Leverage the Expertise of:

Compliance & Ethics

A robust compliance and ethics program is essential for detecting and ultimately preventing money laundering. Our team of compliance and ethics professionals helps clients design and implement the most effective anti-money laundering compliance and ethics programs that significantly reduce the risk of such illegal conduct.

Data Governance and Compliance

Our team of experts has developed a unique, simplified, and consolidated approach that empowers entities of all shapes and sizes to maintain a healthy data ecosystem and enables better data oversight, compliance, utilization, and protection simultaneously.

Forensic Accounting & Financial Investigations

For matters involving AML concerns, Ankura also provides a full range of reconstructive and forensic accounting services, including investigations, and assistance in interactions with the SEC and DOJ.

Geopolitical Intelligence

Unsound governance often casts a shadow over the rule of law, but our geopolitical team analyzes the social, political, and institutional factors that underpin a country’s regulatory environment and delivers a forward-looking, contextual assessment to help firms identify and avoid overseas business risk.


For matters involving AML concerns, Ankura also provides a full range of reconstructive and forensic accounting services, including investigations and assistance in interactions with the SEC and DOJ.

Visual Communications

At Ankura, we understand an entity’s data is one of its most critical assets. Post-investigation, we work with our team of professionals to develop solutions for all presentation challenges and make complicated information easy to understand. We develop the most effective presentations that best communicate and clarify all complex issues.

White Collar & Securities

We offer a full range of reconstructive and forensic accounting services, including investigations and assistance in interactions with the SEC and DOJ.