Second Special Session of the Arab Forum for a refund - Sharm el Sheikh - Egypt

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013

Second Special Session of the Arab Forum for a refund - Sharm el Sheikh - Egypt


Objectives of Special Session II:

• Share good institutional practices in conducting financial investigations, including participation in practitioners networks (such as the Interpol-StAR Focal Points network and others);

• Increase awareness of results-oriented strategies (1) to plan and lead financial investigations involving multiple targets, assets. and jurisdictions, and (2) to establish a clear link between corrupt acts and their proceeds;

• Develop skills to identify and utilize a number of approaches to conducting financial analysis and investigations;

• Gain familiarity with various tools and techniques for successful financial investigations (i.e., bank accounts analysis, tracing of assets and visualization of results);

• Provide a platform for bilateral and multilateral side-meetings between the countries seeking asset recovery and the various G8 members, partner and regional countries

Schedule

11/06/2013

Strategy and planning of an investigation – Role of the financial investigator in tackling corruption and tracing assets - Egypt Hall, Savoy Conference Center


008:30 - 09:00 Registration


09:00 - 09:30 Opening Ceremony - Welcoming remarks

- H.E. Counsellor Ahmed Soliman, Minister of Justice of the Arab Republic of Egypt
- H.E. Dr. Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri, Attorney-General of the State of Qatar
- Mr. Joseph Barker, United Kingdom, G8 Presidency
 


09:30 - 09:45 Key note address: Success and challenges of Egypt’s Asset Recovery Efforts

H.E. Counsellor Talaat Abdallah, Prosecutor General of the Arab Republic of Egypt


09:45 - 10:15 Coffee Break


British House, Savoy Conference Center

10:15 - 10:30 Introduction of participants: Expectations and learning objectives
Mr. Oliver Stolpe, Senior Advisor, StAR

10:30 - 12:00 Session I: Basics of Financial Investigations

Presentation 1: Using financial investigations in combating corruption by Jonathan Benton.
Presentation 2: Corruption and financial investigations in Egypt by Khaled Abdel Rahman.
Presentation 3: The role of the financial investigator in asset recovery – the Canadian experience by Moustaffa Allou

Moderator: Mr. Nigel Bartlett, Senior Investigator, StAR

Speakers:
Mr. Jonathan Benton, Asset Recovery Agency, Met Police, United Kingdom
Mr. Khaled Abdel Rahman, Head of International Cooperation Department of Administrative Control Authority, Egypt
Mr. Moustaffa Allou, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada


12:00 - 12:30 Lunch and bilateral meetings


13:30 - 15:00 Case Exercise I: Investigation planning
Based on a case study, participants will work in small teams of 6-8 participants with the task of planning an investigation into grand corruption and asset recovery.

Lead Facilitator: Mr. Jonathan Benton
Facilitators: Ms. Nancy Langston (DOJ, US), Mr. Nigel Bartlett (StAR), Ms. Lisa Bostwick (StAR), Ms. Larissa Gray (StAR), Mr. Yasser M. Raffaie (CROLAC), Mr. Badr El-Banna (UNODC), Mr. Stephane Berthiaume (RCMP), Mr. Moustaffa Allou (RCMP).


15:00 - 16:00 Case Exercise I (continued)
Presentation and discussion of results of case exercise in break out rooms: Groups composed of two teams will present to each other and comment on the results of their work.

Lead Facilitator: Mr. Jonathan Benton
Group facilitators: Ms. Nancy Langston (DOJ, US), Mr. Nigel Bartlett (StAR), Ms. Lisa Bostwick (StAR), Ms. Larissa Gray (StAR), Mr. Yasser M. Raffaie (CROLAC), Mr. Badr El-Banna (UNODC), Mr. Stephane Berthiaume (RCMP), Mr. Moustaffa Allou (RCMP).


16:00 - 16:30 Presentation: Effective investigation planning – sequencing, data mining, and interpretation of financial information by Jonathan Benton.

Speaker: Mr. Jonathan Benton


16:30 - 18:00 Bilateral meetings


20:00 - 22:00 Reception hosted by Mr. Stephen Hickey, British Deputy Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt

12/06/2013

Research and gathering of financial information/ securing and preserving electronic data )British House, Savoy Conference Center(


09:00 - 10:45 Session II: Sources of financial information – open source investigation
Presentation: Open Source Investigations by Nathan Coutts
Practical Exercise: Using open sources to establish financial information on targets of investigation
Questions & Answers

Moderator: Ms. Lisa Bostwick, Senior Investigator, StAR

Speaker: DS Nathan Coutts, Asset Recovery Agency, Met Police, United Kingdom


10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break


11:15 - 13:00 Session III: Computer forensic
Presentation: Identifying, securing, preserving and interpretation of digital and electronic information by Nathan Coutts.
Demonstration of tools and methods
Questions & Answers

Moderator: Ms. Lisa Bostwick, Senior Investigator, StAR

Speaker: DS Nathan Coutts, Asset Recovery Agency, Met Police, United Kingdom


14:30 - 13:00 Lunch and bilateral meetings


14:30 - 16:30 Group 1 (non-Egmont members): Egmont membership process
Moderator: Mr. Moustaffa Allou (RCMP)
Presentation: Introduction to and benefits of Egmont membership by Mr. Yasser Abdelaziz, Head of International Cooperation Department, Egyptian Money Laundering Combating Unit and Mr. Ahmed Elbashari, Senior Advisor, MENA Affairs, International Programs Division, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), US Department of the Treasury.
Questions & Answers

Group 2 (Egmont members) Making use of the Egmont Network
Facilitators:
Mr. Kevin Stephenson, Executive Secretary of Egmont Group
Mr. Badr El-Banna, Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC

Discussion of good practices and challenges to effective information exchange/ international cooperation among FIUs.


16:30 - 18:30 Bilateral meetings and meeting of Facilitators of Day 3


20:00 - 22:00 Dinner hosted by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center, Qatar

13/06/2013

How to build the money trail: reading and understanding financial documentation )British House, Savoy Conference Center(


09:00 - 10:45 Session IV:
Identifying criminal financial flows in the banking system

Moderator: Ms. Larissa Gray, Sr. Financial Sector Specialist, StAR
Speakers:
1. Mr. Hamza Chraiti, Financial Investigators in economic crime, Geneva Court House, Switzerland
2. Ms. Arielle Neidhart, Financial Investigators in economic crime, Geneva Court House, Switzerland
Discussant: Mr. Badr El-Banna, Criminal Justice Investigator, UNODC


10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break


11:15 - 13:00 Case Exercise II: Follow the Money Trail
Participants will work on a case exercise with various money transfers to analyze bank accounts and documentation.
Topics/Learning Objectives:
Examination of bank accounts and their ownership. Drawing-up a flowchart.

Lead Facilitator: Mr. Hamza Chraiti and Ms. Arielle Neidhart.
Group facilitators: Mr. Badr El-Banna (UNODC), Ms. Nancy Langston (DOJ, US), Mr. Moustaffa Allou (RCMP), Mr. Ahmed Elbashari (FinCEN), Mr. Yasser Abdelaziz (EMLCU), Ms. Larissa Gray (StAR) and Mr. Kevin Stephenson (Egmont)


13:00 - 14:30 Lunch and bilateral meetings


14:30 - 15:30 Case Exercise No. 4 (continued)

Participants will have the opportunity to present the flowchart built during the previous session. The facilitator will then review and discuss the outcomes.

Lead Facilitator: Mr. Hamza Chraiti and Ms. Arielle Neidhart
Group facilitators: Mr. Badr El-Banna (UNODC), Ms. Nancy Langston (DOJ, US), Mr. Moustaffa Allou (RCMP), Mr. Ahmed Elbashari (FinCEN), Mr. Yasser Abdelaziz (EMLCU), Ms. Larissa Gray (StAR) and Mr. Kevin Stephenson (Egmont)


15:30 - 16:15 Wrap-up session:
1. Review of learning objectives
2. Final round of Questions & Answers
3. Evaluation of Special Session II
Facilitator: Mr. Oliver Stolpe , Senior Adviser, StAR


16:15 - 16:30 Closing Remarks
Judge Dr. Mohamed Barakat, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Justice, Egypt

16:45 - 18:30 Bilateral meetings



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