On Wednesday the 23rd of February, on the occasion of the visit to Cyprus of a team of UK experts on Illicit Finance, the Deputy High Commissioner Ben Rawlings had the pleasure of hosting the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyprus Bar Association (CBA) Ms. Koulia Vakis, alongside three members of the compliance team, Irene Alexandrou, Chrystalla Georgiou, Eleftheria Pavlou, to a lunch and discussion on compliance and Anti-Money Laundering issues.

Ms Leam Thompson, a barrister and asset recovery specialist with over 20 years of experience in asset recovery, fraud, anti-money laundering (AML), regulation, anti-corruption and illicit financial flows led the discussion from the UK side.

Illicit finance and AML is a growing area for UK-Cyprus cooperation. The British High Commission has discussed the possibility of strengthening links between the Cyprus Bar Association and the UK Bar’s Standards Board, as well as the potential of further shared training for the exchange of relevant experience and expertise