Cathy Zhou | KPMG | CN
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Cathy Zhou

Head of Anti-money laundering & Sanctions, Forensic, Mainland China

KPMG in China

Cathy leads the AML and Sanctions team in mainland China. She has over 13 years’ experience in providing AML and Sanctions (including OFAC) regulatory compliance reviews and investigations in mainland China, Hong Kong, and United States. She is an U.S. licensed CPA, CFE and CAMS.

Prior to relocating to China, Cathy was with the AML team in KPMG New York. Many of her past engagements involved helping clients in responding to a regulatory order or enforcement action due to systemic failures/deficiencies in their existing AML/Sanctions programs, or assisting clients in proactively putting effective AML programs in place. 

Cathy has authored the following thought-leadership articles:

  • China’s Evolving Anti-Money Laundering Regulatory Landscape (Published in the journal “China AML Practices” administered by the PBOC AML Bureau in June 2017)
  • China’s Modern Regulatory Measures Against Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Tax Evasion (Published in the magazine “China Forex” administered by the SAFE in May 2018)
  • In-depth Analysis of Overseas AML Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management (Published in April 2018)


Areas of expertise

Advisory      Anti-money Laundering and Trade Sanctions Services      Forensic      Risk Consulting

Education and qualifications

  • MS Accounting, Baruch College / City University of New York, USA

  • BA Accounting, Hunan University, China


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Licensed in New York

  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

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