Danos Group
22 Feb

The Danos Team have successfully completed “21 Challenges In 21 Days” to raise awareness and funds for Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB), a social mobility charity that prepares and supports bright young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into meaningful roles within Business and Finance, and Digital / Technology.

It has been an exhilarating 21 days, view how we got on with the challenges…

Thank you everyone for your support, if you can, please help us reach our fundraising target by donating here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danos-group

With Thanks

The Danos Team

Any firms interested in employing an LTSB Apprentice please contact careers@leadershipthroughsport.org.

Find out more about LTSB – LTSB “More than an Apprenticeship” Video | LTSB (leadershipthroughsport.org)

17 Feb

Financial Crime is a critical risk to businesses, there are a broad range of new and emerging criminal challenges facing organisations as a direct impact of the pandemic.

  • With limitations on international travel, conventional transnational organised crime schemes have been greatly affected, organised crime has diversified into fraud and cybercrime to respond to the changing environment.
  • Consumer spending patterns have changed, this has affected the ability of institutions to understand whether customer activity and behaviour is different from the normal baseline.
  • Increased number of vulnerable individuals seeking quick cash or means of substituting income. Criminals have capitalised on this, recruiting those experiencing financial hardship to act as money mules to transfer illicit funds.
  • A surge in internet-banking, resulting in additional volumes of online activity has created challenges in identifying suspicious transactions related to money laundering and fraud.
  • It has been reported that permanent working from home set-ups across the globe hinders first-line defence (self-policing) in a business and can limit the ability of compliance functions (second line defence) to act in an oversight and advisory capacity. This increases the risk of potential market manipulation and insider dealing offences.

Global authoritative bodies have published advisory papers outlining the evolving anti-financial crime challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Firms should consider the following to strengthen their position:

  • Actively and proactively engage with regulators or authoritative bodies to gain greater understanding of the typologies and trends emerging from the pandemic, and factor these into their transaction monitoring rules and calibrations.
  • Investment in technology to apply sophisticated risk-based scoring and prioritisation to manage spikes and prevent backlogs.
  • Continue to apply rigour and challenge when assessing customer behaviour and activity – data from previous global events (for example the 2007–8 financial crisis) indicate that criminals actively work to find new ways to exploit public uncertainties and fear.

The Danos Group is a leading supplier of Financial Crime and Compliance personnel to the financial services industry globally, we are extremely well-placed to find you the best permanent and interim candidates.

Danos Associates is the leading global search firm. Our unparalleled network of professionals makes us the first choice for the world’s major financial services firms. We use our experience and market knowledge to help you land the best people for your permanent roles.

Please contact Denis Spearman if you would like to discuss your permanent hiring requirements.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 371 8332
Email: dspearman@danosassociates.com

Danos Consulting can support firms from risk assessment to implementation of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) governance structures, staff training and vendor selection, and client screening and monitoring practices.

We have an experienced bench of Financial Crime professionals from more senior MLROs (Money Laundering Reporting Officers) level consultants to more hands-on transaction monitoring, sanctions screening, AML/KYC practitioners. These consultants can be setup remotely at first to be able to assist as soon as possible.

Please contact Bradley Handelaar if you would like to discuss any interim/consultancy requirements you have now or in the future.

Tel: +44 (0) 207 010 1154
Email: bhandelaar@danosconsulting.com

Source: https://www.regulationtomorrow.com/africa/financial-crime-outlook-2021-and-beyond-2/

28 Jan

Our first 2021 podcast / video in our “Pathway To Success” series, Denis Spearman (Partner, Head of Compliance Practice) is delighted to interview Es Nelson-Jones (Head of Compliance, Conduct & Financial Crime, NatWest Markets).

Es has over twenty years’ experience, she is a very experienced senior compliance and financial crime expert. During this interview Es and Denis discuss how COVID-19 has affected Es both personally and professionally. Es talks about the challenges of running a global team amidst a pandemic and what lessons she has learnt during this period and how they have influenced her business approach for the future. Finally, Es provides her top advice for advancing your career in senior positions.

Click Here To View The Interview – https://youtu.be/6QwfPyRpnAg

(recorded in December 2020)

Thank you, Es, for your time, insight, and advice.

Look out we will be publishing more interviews soon…

#careerdevelopment #pathwaytosuccess

27 Jan

Danos Associates publish “UK In-House Senior Legal 2020/2021 Moves Report”. Despite the slowdown of Legal hiring in the second half of 2020, there was still a hive of activity in the hiring and promotion of senior in-house legal professionals within the financial services sector. Outlined in this report is a selection of the moves from 2020 to early January 2021.

Page One Sample:

June 2020 (updated from previous report)

Alexandra Marsh has been appointed Chief Legal and Compliance Officer (SMF 16 and 17) at ETX Capital, from her role at Belmond as Compliance Counsel, and previously Head of Compliance for the UK Tote Group.

James Witt has been appointed Assistant General Counsel, Deputy Chief Legal Officer EMEA for PineBridge Investments, from his role as Acting Co-Head of Legal for Alcentra.

July (updated from previous report)

Moynul Ali has been promoted from his role as Deputy General Counsel and Compliance Officer to Head of Fundraising Legal at Hg Capital.


Stephen Shapiro has succeeded Bob Hoyt at Barclays Bank as General Group Counsel. He will hold this top legal role at the bank in addition to his current role as Group                   Company Secretary.

Ehsan Haque has been appointed Global Head of Legal and Compliance at Hamilton Investment Management, from his previous role as General Counsel of AlphaSwap.

Christopher Twemlow has been appointed General Counsel and Company Secretary for Allianz Insurance, from his role as Chief Legal Officer for UK and Ireland at Euroclear.

Sam Navazesh has been appointed General Counsel for Centerview Partners, from his role as Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel at JP Morgan.


Sarah Blomfield has been appointed the EMEA General Counsel for Evercore Partners, from her role as Director at Rothschild. 

Martina Swart has been appointed Group Chief Legal and Risk Officer for Arrow Global Group, from her role as Group Head of Governance at Maitland.

Crystal Lalime has been appointed General Counsel for the Investment Banking division at Credit Suisse. Crystal most recently acted as the General Counsel of Global Markets and its U.S. intermediate holding company and will take over the role permanently following the departure of incumbent Natalia Nicolaidis.

For your copy of the report please contact Maame Eshun, Email: meshun@danosassociates.com, Tel: + 44 (0) 20 3908 4809.

27 Jan

Register Today | Diversity, Equality & Inclusion In Banking & Finance | Implementing Inspirational Strategies

Thursday 25th February 2021, 5pm (London) / 12pm (New York)

Event Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diversity-inclusion-in-banking-finance-inspirational-strategies-registration-131316646625

This event is aimed at leaders and managers within the banking and finance sector, where you will have the opportunity to:

• Get involved in the discussion with the most prominent thinkers on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in the Banking & Finance industry.

• Gain inspiration from others and discover vital practical strategies to integrate into your business.

• Create and shape your own D&I strategy to contribute to your business’ efficiency and development.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diversity-inclusion-in-banking-finance-inspirational-strategies-registration-131316646625

This online event will help you shape your D&I strategies and plans for the future, it will give you some focused time to connect with other professionals in your field, and to hear some inspiring expert opinions on D&I.

# diversityandinclusion #diversitystrategy #onlineevent #bankingandfinance #financialservices

25 Jan

During these challenging times it is important to look after your mental wellbeing. Recent studies have shown that consultants and contractors have been more affected with the current work situation, they feel more isolated, and the uncertainties of job security is having a negative impact.

At Danos Consulting we value our bench immensely, and we recognise that some of our contractors may be in difficult or unchartered territories. We want to reassure you that we are here to support you. This short video includes some practical advice on how to keep focused and in good mental health.

Click Here To View Videohttps://youtu.be/NF5ppiS4ZOU

If you need to speak with us, please make contact, we will support you as much as we can. 

Katherine Lord, Partner, Head of Danos Consulting 

Tel: +44 (0) 207 010 1153 | Email: klord@danosconsulting.com 

Bradley Handelaar, Danos Consulting 

Tel: +44 (0) 207 010 1154 | Email: bhandelaar@danosconsulting.com