Vasilios is a Principal in the Financial Crimes Unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”). He brings to his engagements over 26 years of experience assisting both financial institutions and non-financial companies on all aspects of financial crime compliance with a particular focus on anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions matters.
In his work, Vasilios advises clients on developing comprehensive financial crime risk management frameworks. He and his teams assist clients in designing and implementing AML and sanctions compliance programs, including: creating AML and sanctions governance structures, identifying inherent money laundering vulnerabilities, developing policies and procedures, evaluating controls, establishing customer risk ranking and due diligence protocols, and integrating transaction-monitoring capabilities.
Vasilios also brings value to his clients by guiding them on communication strategies with the applicable regulatory authorities, including regular updates and submissions on the progress of remediation efforts.
Clients appreciate Vasilios for his accessibility, commitment, and leadership. Seen as thoughtful, engaging, and highly personable, he is adept at establishing productive working relationships and bringing out the best in others. With his strong commitment to service and to doing what’s right, clients value him as a trusted advisor. In that role, he is sensitive to their concerns, and able to guide them in managing the risks often associated with their businesses.
Prior to joining the firm, Vasilios was the Americas Financial Crime Director for Macquarie, Australia’s largest investment bank. In that role, he was responsible for managing the company’s AML, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption (AB&C) compliance programs across all business divisions and legal entities in North and South America.
Vasilios is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He is currently on the Global Advisory Board of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). In 2012, Vasilios received the prestigious ACAMS "Al Gillum Volunteer of the Year Award" for his significant contributions to the AML, sanctions, and financial crime fields.
Vasilios has authored AML thought leadership which has been published in various trade periodicals and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars.