Mari-Liis Kurg

Mari-Liis is a Financial Professional and Compliance Expert specialised in Financial Crime Prevention.

With over 14 years of experience in the heavily regulated financial sector, she is a recognized expert in anti-money laundering (AML), Know your Customer (KYC), combatting financing of terrorism (CFT) and economic sanctions compliance.

She has counselled clients in a variety of projects, and managed gap analyses, compliance program reviews, risk assessments, remediation efforts, investigations, and historical transaction reviews. Her client base include large, complex, global financial institutions, global payments institutions, medium-sized banks, Fintech and digital assets companies, casinos, and multinational corporations.

Mari-Liis has held interim senior compliance leadership positions at several regional Financial Institutions providing day-to-day management of their compliance programs and assisting them with remediation efforts, often in the context of a regulatory or criminal enforcement action.

Similarly, Mari-Liis has held senior Compliance positions within Baltics, Nordics and Benelux regions (SEB Bank, Swedbank, Coop Pank, Nordea Bank, ING Bank) concentrating on risk assessment and regulatory compliance, ensuring adherence to policies, procedures, and laws. In these positions, she was responsible for setting risk appetite, assessing AML/KYC risks, product risks, for drafting policies and investigations and for leading the AML enforcement programs.

Notably, she has trained and advised the financial services industry on AML, sanctions, CFT and other regulatory compliance issues.

Mari-Liis has a strong legal and business acumen to deliver solutions and controls aimed at optimizing performance across dynamic environments. She harnesses strong communication skills to monitor and report on compliance issues to both internal and external stakeholders – conveying complex legal and commercial terminology alongside business requirements in an understandable and clear manner.