TCAE is excited to invite Ray Blake of The Dark Money Files for a detailed discussion about aspects of the FinCEN Files that haven’t yet had much coverage nor public analysis. In many ways, the widespread media coverage and even the professional analyses have failed to extract important insights from the leaks. Ray will connect many of the dots that have remained unjoined till now. as he will show. Join us for an in-depth conversation about the leaked documents and the implications on top financial institutes across the world.


  • What didn’t the papers say – reading between the lines of text?
  • Why were these particular files leaked?
  • Why might public opinion and the professional view be at odds?
  • Takeaways for Compliance and Anti-Financial Crime professionals
  • Q&A


Ray Blake | Writer and presenter, The Dark Money Files Podcast

Ray has spent a career in financial services since his first job in a bank in 1985. He soon moved into technical departments and from there into training roles and then project management and consultancy as a freelancer, latterly in anti-financial crime and regulation. With his long-term business partner, Graham Barrow, Ray created The Dark Money Files, an anti-financial crime podcast, at the start of 2019. What was initially a side project quickly became their main focus and live events and a recent virtual conference ensued. The pair are now in demand together and separately as speakers, trainers and commentators wherever financial crime and financial crime controls are discussed.


Souzan Esmaili, Founder | TCAE

Souzan Esmaili has over 14 years of international experience in consultancy and training with a focus on Regulatory Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and RegTech. She worked for various financial institutions and consultancies in Dubai and Toronto.

She is currently working with one of the international banks in Toronto and covering the Anti-Bribery and Corruption program for Canada and Latin America.

Prior to moving to Canada, Souzan worked as a senior consultant and assisted her clients to understand their compliance needs, advised on meeting regulatory requirements and managed a multitude of remediation projects. She has acted as the Compliance Officer and MLRO for a number of firms regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and advised extensively on matters related to Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC).

In October 2019, Souzan created Toronto Compliance and AML Events (TCAE) with a passion to help the AML and Compliance professionals to connect and inform them of relevant events based in Toronto. In March 2020, Souzan launched The Knowledge Series where she brings international industry experts and thought leaders to share their knowledge and experience with the AML and Compliance professionals around the world.

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