Tim Parkman – Author of “Mastering Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing: A Compliance guide for Practitioners”

Breaking Down Barriers: Tim Parkman on Mastering Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing

Mike interviews Tim Parkman.

In a riveting episode, we sat down with Tim Parkman, the brilliant mind behind the book “Mastering Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing: A Compliance Guide for Proactive Practitioners.” Tim’s insights into the complex and often murky world of financial crime were nothing short of eye-opening. With a blend of expertise, passion, and a no-nonsense approach, Tim laid out the challenges and solutions in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.


One of the standout points in our conversation was the emphasis on collaboration and cooperation between financial institutions. Tim highlighted the importance of the automatic exchange of information. Imagine this: You’re a compliance officer at a bank, and you notice that a business customer’s revenue is steadily increasing. Not suspiciously, but just enough to raise an eyebrow. Two of its biggest customers, let’s call them A Limited and B Limited, are vital contributors to this growth. Traditionally, getting more information about these customers would require involving the police and wading through a mountain of red tape. However, as Tim sees it, the future lies in banks being able to directly contact each other to share relevant information. This proactive communication can nip potential financial crimes before they spiral out of control.

Tim didn’t hesitate to discuss the difficulties in police cooperation across borders. Law enforcement agencies often guard their investigations closely, fearing that sharing information could compromise years of work if it leaks, especially in countries known for corruption. This “turf war” mentality, as Tim described it, is a significant barrier to tackling international financial crime. The fear of leaks and the potential for corrupt practices in certain countries make it hard for law enforcement agencies to trust each other. Yet, the fight against financial crime remains stymied without overcoming these hurdles.

As our discussion delved deeper, Tim shared some eye-opening statistics and comparisons. One that particularly stood out was the stark contrast between the success in reducing road deaths through drink-driving laws and the persistent rise in money laundering activities. In the UK, road deaths have significantly decreased over the decades thanks to stringent regulations, public awareness campaigns, and technological advancements like breathalyzers. In stark contrast, despite the billions spent on anti-money laundering (AML) measures, financial crimes continue to rise. This discrepancy, Tim argues, highlights a fundamental flaw in how we approach financial crime prevention.

Tim believes the current AML systems are more about avoiding fines than genuinely preventing crime. Banks and financial institutions focus more on ticking regulatory boxes than actively seeking and stopping illegal activities. The penalties for non-compliance are astronomical, especially in the US, but money laundering remains rampant despite these penalties. Tim suggests this because the current approach lacks the necessary focus and determination to make a real impact.

One of Tim’s more controversial suggestions is the idea of holding CEOs personally accountable for money laundering within their organizations. Imagine if the CEO of a bank was caught laundering money for criminal organizations and faced jail time. This drastic measure, Tim argues, would focus the attention of top executives on genuinely preventing financial crimes rather than just avoiding fines. Of course, this approach comes with challenges, including potential human rights issues and the risk of stifling financial innovation. Yet, it’s a provocative idea that underscores the need for more effective solutions.

Mike Fallat and Tim Parkman talk about the book Mastering Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing: A Compliance Guide for Practitioners.

The conversation took a sobering turn when we discussed corruption on a global scale. Tim didn’t hold back in highlighting countries where corruption is so ingrained that it undermines the rule of law. In these nations, government officials can extort businesses, and justice is a commodity for the highest bidder. Tim contrasted this with countries like the UK and the US, where, despite flaws, there are systems in place to eventually hold corrupt officials accountable. It’s a stark reminder of the different realities people face worldwide and why robust legal systems are crucial in the fight against financial crime.

Tim left us with a powerful message: While the current AML measures are not working as intended, there is hope. By fostering better cooperation between financial institutions, holding top executives accountable, and ensuring that AML efforts are genuinely focused on preventing crime rather than just avoiding fines, we can start to turn the tide. Tim’s book, “Mastering Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing,” is a crucial resource for anyone involved in this fight. It’s not just about compliance; it’s about making a real difference.

So, if you’re in the financial world or just curious about how we can better tackle these pressing issues, I highly recommend picking up Tim’s book. Stay tuned for more episodes where we dive deep into topics that matter with experts who know their stuff. Until next time, keep learning, questioning, and pushing for a better world.

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About Mike Fallat

Mike Fallat, aka The BookMan, is the owner of Dreamstarters Publishing and the Million Dollar Book Agency. They have helped 300+ entrepreneurs become bestselling authors. His goal is to help 1,000 entrepreneurs publish books and teach them how to use their books as a gateway to generating 7-figures.

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About Dreamstarters Publishing

Dreamstarters Publishing offers ghostwriting, cover design, and everything that is required to take an idea to a finished book (kindle, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook).

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Mike also hosts a podcast known as Million Dollar Stories and runs a membership-based site known as Million Dollar Circle. In addition to owning the book business, he invests in self storage real estate.


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