Lorenzo De La Calle Jiménez has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector with a focus on anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF). De La Calle Jiménez began working for Western Union in 2013, holding several roles on the company’s anti-money laundering (AML) compliance team. He was most recently appointed senior manager of the Iberia subregion, which includes Spain, Portugal and Andorra. As senior manager, he leads a team responsible for handling all of the company’s AML/CTF issues, including regulatory relationships with three countries in the Central and Eastern European region. Prior to joining Western Union, De La Calle Jiménez held compliance roles at Barclays Bank SA and Banco Zaragozano SA. He began his career as a lawyer at Rebate Abogados after graduating from the faculty of law at the Complutense University of Madrid in 1986.
In 2015, De La Calle Jiménez earned his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification. In Spain, he was appointed as a representative of the Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Offences (SEPBLAC, the Spanish acronym) for the Barclays Bank Group. He was subsequently reappointed to this same position when he moved to Western Union Payment Services Ireland Ltd.
In 2019, he participated as an interlocutor during the Financial Action Task Force mutual evaluation of Spain on behalf of the payment entities sector. De La Calle Jiménez has frequently participated as a presenter in numerous AML expert forums, such as SEPBLAC, Cuerpo Nacional de Inteligencia (National Intelligence Centre), Asociación Española de Banca, Centro de Cooperación Interbancaria, Servicios Para Medios de Pago, International Quality and Productivity Center, Unidad Editorial, Institute for International Research Spain, Institute for Market Studies, Asociación Nacional de Establecimientos Financieros de Crédito and more. He has also collaborated on AML/CTF training courses at the Institute of Internal Auditors in Spain for many years.
In October 2019, he was awarded the Cruz de la Orden del Mérito de la Guardia Civil con Distintivo Blanco by the Spanish Civil Guard. This decoration is awarded for an enduring and efficient collaboration with state security forces in Spain. De La Calle Jiménez also sits on the board of the ACAMS Spain Chapter as co-chair.