Karl-Johan Karlsson is currently the head of compliance at Handelsbanken in Denmark. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Liverpool. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and was among the first in Europe to earn the Advanced CAMS-Audit Certification from ACAMS.
Karlsson’s career in the financial crime prevention industry began when he was working at a small financial institution (FI) in connection with the implementation of the Third AML Directive in Sweden. Since then, he has held several senior-level and management positions at various FIs, including Danske Bank and Handelsbanken, two of the largest banks in the Nordic region.
Karlsson’s dedication to financial crime prevention extends beyond his professional career. Over the past decade, he has shared his knowledge with other professionals as a speaker at conferences and seminars in Nordic countries and in the UK. In 2015, he was appointed co-chair of the ACAMS Nordics Chapter, which aims to advance the professional knowledge, skills and expertise of those dedicated to the prevention and detection of money laundering and terrorist financing in the Nordic region.