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Our Team

We are experienced partners that diligently guide our clients every step of the way.

Gabriele Dunker

Partner
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Gabriele Dunker

Gabriele Dunker, founding partner of Financial Transparency Advisors, is managing all aspects of the company’s operations.

She received a Magistra Iuris from the University of Vienna and an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University.  She is admitted to practice law in the states of California and New York.

Experience

Legal advisor for e.g. International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Council of Europe, United Nations Office on  Combating Drugs and Crime

Participation in numerous IMF and World Bank led country assessments

Technical assistance projects with AML/CFT focus for e.g. Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia

Co-author of the Study on Barriers to Stolen Asset Recovery, published 2011 by the World Bank

Deputy Counsel to the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Program

Regional and national AML/CFT and anti-corruption seminars and workshops

Michael Stellini

Partner
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Michael Stellini

Michael Stellini, Partner at Financial Transparency Advisors, is responsible for management and coordination of the company’s technical assistance projects.

He received a LL.D  and Master of Arts in Financial Services from the University of Malta.  He is admitted to practice law in Malta.

Experience

Deputy Executive Secretary of MONEYVAL

Lead of AML/CFT country assessments against the FATF Recommendations

Trainings for countries, international organisations, assessors and experts on the FATF Recommendations and Methodology

Senior Legal and International Relations Officer at the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit of Malta

Legal advisor at an international Trust and Corporate Service Provider based in Malta

Elaine Duignan

Senior Advisor
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Elaine Duignan

Elaine Duignan, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, advises and supports supervisory authorities in the development and implementation of effective AML/CFT supervisory frameworks.

She holds a BBL from University College Dublin and a LLM from Trinity College Dublin. She is a qualified lawyer and member of the Bar of Ireland.

Experience

Senior AML/CFT Specialist in the Anti-Money Laundering division of the Central Bank of Ireland

Member of the European Supervisory Authorities Sub-Committee on Anti-Money Laundering

Member of the Irish delegation to the FATF

Provided support to international organisations, including the Council of Europe and the European Commission

Elisabeth Florkowski

Senior Advisor
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Elisabeth Florkowski

Elisabeth Florkowski, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on supervision of AML/CFT obligations in the financial sector.

She holds a Magistra Iuris from the University of Salzburg and completed the Financial Analysis and Programming Training of the IMF. She is also a Certified Compliance Officer in Austria.

Experience

Worked for the UNODC, the Council of Europe, the USAID’s Ukrainian Financial Sector Transformation, Transparency International, and other public and private sector clients

Head of Compliance and MLRO for Vienna’s LGT Bank branch

Head of Group Compliance for Raiffeisen Bank International

Head of the FATF Delegation of Austria while working at Austria’s Financial Market Authority

Mutual Evaluation assessor and technical assistance provider to intergovernmental organizations.

Richard Gould

Senior Advisor
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Richard Gould

Richard Gould, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on advising and assisting governments and national agencies on capacity and capability issues related to the use of financial intelligence, money laundering investigations, and confiscations.

Experience

UK Customs and the Serious Fraud Office

Head of the Financial Investigation Profession and the Senior Responsible Officer for the Money Laundering Expert Witness cadre at the National Crime Agency

Worked with the Council of Europe, the UK’s Joint Money Laundering Intelligence Taskforce, and the UNODC’s Anti-Money Laundering Working Group

Assessor for the 4th round of Mutual Evaluation Reports

Guest lecturer at the University of Western England

Elisabeth Lees

Senior Advisor
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Elisabeth Lees

Elisabeth Lees, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on topics related to law enforcement agencies and prosecution.

She holds an LLM in Public International Law from Queen Mary, University of London. She is a door tenant at the Chambers of 23 Essex Street, London.

Experience

Cayman Islands’ National Coordinator to the Anti-Money Laundering Steering Group

Criminal barrister in London

Crown Counsel in the Cayman Islands

Legal expert in both 4th Round Assessments and Technical Compliance Re-ratings

Member of the Joint Group of the Americas

Awarded the Badge and Certificate of Honor for Legal Services rendered to the Cayman Islands Government in January 2022

Simon Lord

Senior Advisor
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Simon Lord

Simon Lord, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, specializes in providing expert advice, guidance, and training on money laundering and financial crime matters from a law enforcement perspective.

Experience

National Crime Agency as a financial investigator and a strategic intelligence analyst

Deputy head of the NCA-led money laundering expert witness program

Provided expert evidence in complex money laundering investigations in the UK and internationally

Delivered advice, assistance, and training on behalf of UNODC, INTERPOL, GIZ and other private sector and law enforcement bodies

Working group leader and author or contributor to FATF reports

Pedro Gomes Pereira

Senior Advisor
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Pedro Gomes Pereira

Pedro Gomes Pereira, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, advises public prosecutors and law enforcement agencies on money laundering and financing of terrorism investigations, prosecutions, convictions and asset recovery cases.

He graduated in Law in Brazil and holds a post-graduate degree in Constitutional Law. He is admitted to practice law in Brazil.

Experience

Senior Asset Recovery Specialist at the International Centre for Asset Recovery of the Basel Institute on Governance

Assists law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities in devising their investigation and international cooperation strategies related to the seizure, confiscation and return of proceeds of crime

Develops, prepares and implements tailor-made training sessions in the investigation and prosecution of money laundering and its predicate offences

Acting and Deputy General Coordinator for Asset Recovery and Mutual Legal Assistance at the Ministry of Justice of Brazil

John Ringguth

Senior Advisor
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John Ringguth

John Ringguth, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, provides specialist advice and assistance on AML/CFT and prosecutorial issues.

He holds an LLB from the University of Birmingham and is a UK barrister.

Experience

Scientific Expert to MONEYVAL

Co-chair of the MONEYVAL Working Group

Executive Secretary of MONEYVAL

Executive Secretary of the Warsaw Convention Monitoring Mechanism

Specialist Criminal Legal Adviser to the Attorney General and Solicitor General of England and Wales in the Law Officers’ Chambers

National Head of Prosecution Policy for England and Wales

Drafted the original UK Proceeds of Crime (POCA) legislation

Kevin Stephenson

Senior Advisor
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Kevin Stephenson

Kevin Stephenson, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on advising law enforcement agencies, including FIUs, on ML/TF aspects, including investigations, financial intelligence, and confiscations.

He holds an MS in Criminal Justice and a BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.

Experience

AML/CFT Resident Advisor in Seychelles and an Investigator of the Anti-Corruption Commission Seychelles

Director of the FATF Training and Research Institute

Executive Secretary of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units

Worked at the World Bank, supporting the UNODC/World Bank StAR initiative

FIU director, criminal investigator, and undercover agent

Distinguished Lecturer of the MA in Financial Integrity at Case Western Reserve University Law School

Trainer for the World Customs Organization

A. Garzon Vargas

Senior Advisor
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A. Garzon Vargas

Andrea Garzon Vargas, Senior Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, specializes in the development of national, sectorial and topical risk assessments.

She holds an MA in Transnational Organized Crime form Staffordshire University of the United Kingdom.

Experience

Provided extensive technical assistance to Latin American countries on developing national risk assessments

Financial Action Task Force of Latin America – GAFILAT

Secretariat of GAFILAT’s Asset Recovery Interagency Network

UNODC at the field office in Bogota

Jan Bellenghi

Advisor
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Jan Bellenghi

Jan Bellenghi, Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on targeted financial sanctions related to terrorist financing and proliferation financing.

He holds an LLM in International Law with International Relations from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies, an MA in Global Political Economy from City University, London and a BSc in Geography with Economics from Queen Mary, University of London.

Experience

Corporate Governance Consultant at Nestor Advisors – a Morrow Sodali Company

Senior Consultant at the Forensic & Integrity Services Department of Ernst & Young

Marek Ejmont

Advisor
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Marek Ejmont

Marek Ejmont, Advisor at Financial Transparency Advisors, focuses on projects related to the transparency of legal persons and arrangements and the implementation of preventive measures in the private sector.

He holds an MA in Russian from the University of St Andrews, a Graduate Diploma in Law, and a Legal Practice Course Certificate. He’s a lawyer qualified to practice in England and Wales.

Experience

Contentious Trust & Probate Team at Stewarts

Farrer & Co and Dickinson Gleeson

Elisabeth Foltyn

Office Manager
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Elisabeth Foltyn

Elisabeth Foltyn, Office Manager at Financial Transparency Advisors, supports FTA’s partners and advisors in all essential administrative, financial and organizational matters and functions.

Experience

PricewaterhouseCoopers in Vienna

PwC Academy

Joachim Kappel Management Consultants GmbH

Izabella Truchan

Izabella Truchan

Administrative Assistant

Izabella Truchan

Experience

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