In an extra episode, recorded live from the Leaders in Finance AML Europe Event in Brussels, we interviewed renowned investigative reporter and award winning author Tom Burgis.
Formerly he was with the Financial Times and currently he is with The Guardian. As an author he wrote books like “The Looting Machine” and “Kleptopia: how dirty money is conquering the world’. See for more information on Tom Burgis and his work: https://tomburgis.com/
Topics and questions that were discussed:
1. If you wanted to be a global successful kleptocrat, what should you do?
2. Kleptocracies and global networks
3. Why the word ‘enablers’ is troubling, i.e. it wrongly suggests a secondary role for places like London versus for example Kazakhstan
4. How power leads to money and money leads to more power
5. Oligarchs are often non ethnic from the country of the dictator
6. Corruption in the West and use of euphemisms
7. Financial, legal and political systems in the West absorbing huge quantities of wealth
8. Using politics (in kleptocracies AND in the West) to enrich yourself
9. What the invasion of Ukraine has changed in our thinking
10. Undermining the rule of law
11. The trouble of opaque legal structures: why are we not able/willing to tackle this in the West?
12. The role of privacy and vested interests
13. The role of banks: fighting financial crime versus satisfying regulators/being compliant
14. Prevention of money laundering is outsourced to the private sector
15. Money is global, law enforcement is mainly national
16. Some real big criminals don’t need to hide
17. Understaffed law enforcement agencies
18. You seem to be someone that is not scared working in crazy places and writing about people with a lot of power?
19. Will there be another book?
Please find the transcription of this interview here: Tom Burgis.
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–> between brackets the job title at the time of the interview.