Robert-Michael Ablin, CAMS—Paris, France

Robert-Michael Ablin has over 18 years of experience with financial institutions where he has held a number of operational and risk management leadership roles.

Ablin is currently the head of the compliance financial crime unit for Société Générale Securities Services (SGSS). He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and he is also certified by the AMF (French regulator).

Established in 27 locations worldwide with 4,000 employees, SGSS provides a full range of securities services (among them clearing services, custody/depositary and trustee services, and fund administration).

Ablin is involved in the development of the anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions programs, both in SGSS’ business line and at a group level. Because of his charge of the business line in financial crime compliance, he is a de facto member of the committees set up at a group level to work on any new major regulations and on their application and implementation (e.g., European Regulation UE2015/847 on fund transfers). He is also an active participant at various group workshops and committees working on onboarding processes, client reviews, guideline definitions and transaction monitoring scenarios. His scope of managerial supervision encompasses part of the internal control framework (i.e., AML and sanctions topics only), and thus, he is responsible for the definition of key controls (at the first and second lines of defense) on pertinent indicators (e.g., nature of alerts/delays, etc.) on financial crime aspects.

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