A world in Crisis. How has COVID-19 transformed financial crime – and our response?

March 23, 2021 8:30 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed what we think of as ‘normal life’. We increasingly work from home, and we socialise via social media or audio-visual conferencing. We live life – for the time being at least – virtually. What also seems to be clear is that the crisis has been a spur to change for organised criminals too, who have had to revise their classic business models for selling illicit goods and laundering cash and have increasingly moved into cyber criminality as a way of sustaining themselves in the crisis. Law enforcement agencies, regulators and compliance departments have also had to scramble to find ways to respond to a completely unexpected environment and work together in new ways. The panel will look at how the pandemic has shaped the operating environment over the last year and ask how permanent the changes it has brought might be. Living in a fast changing and often disrupted environment may well be the ‘new normal’?

  • Helena Wood, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute