Deborah Cassar

Deborah Cassar

Associate Director - AML, Risk Consulting Advisory Services

KPMG in Malta

She has over 10 years’ experience within the Financial Services sector with foreign and local entities. From within the Financial Services industry, Deborah has gained knowledge and expertise in Transactions Monitoring, Suspicious Reporting, Analysis and Investigations, AML Advisory, Client Sanctions Screening, Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Regulatory Compliance, AML/CFT Training, and other areas within Financial Crime Compliance. Deborah has over 11 years' experience in the AML/CFT field and before joining KPMG, Deborah worked for over 2 years with the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) as a Compliance Officer within the Unit’s Compliance Section. She has extensive experience in carrying out Compliance on-site and off-site examinations with the different subject persons; reviewed, assessed and evaluated inspection reports and implemented any necessary corrective measures and procedures; represented the FIAU in EU and Moneyval working groups and committees in the domestic and foreign fora; developed sectoral guidance for the financial and non-financial sectors; and advised and assisted subject persons to establishing appropriate AML/CFT internal structures and controls. At KPMG, Deborah works extensively in the areas of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance. She has managed local and foreign AML projects and assisted entities to comply with regulatory obligations specifically on AML/CFT. These projects include assisting with the drafting and/or review of AML/CFT-related policies and procedures, training, review of processes, GAP analysis, Customer Risk Assessments and Business Risk Assessments. Deborah also participates in delivering AML/CFT presentations in KPMG’s AML Roundtables and provides training on various AML/CFT topics with KPMG's Learning Academy.

Areas of Expertise

Advisory Services  Risk Consulting  Financial Services  Banking  Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Funding of Terrorism (AML/CFT)  Anti-Bribery & Corruption  Suspicious Reporting  Analysis & Investigations  Client Sanctions Screening  Regulatory Compliance  Transaction Monitoring  KYC/Due Diligence  AML/CFT Training

Education and qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Banking & Finance and Management, University of Malta

  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

  • Advanced CAMS in Risk Management (CAMS-RM)

  • ICA Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Compliance

  • ICA Certificate in Regulatory & Financial Crime Compliance

Accreditation
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

  • Member of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)

  • Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the ACAMS Malta Chapter

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