She has worked with a broad range of firms including banks, asset management companies, trust companies, virtual currency providers, crypto exchanges and alternative fund structures, providing extensive financial crime advisory services and reviews.
Maria joined the firm through the acquisition of Kinetic Partners in 2015. Before Kinetic Partners, she worked at the London Stock Exchange. There she specialized in regulatory investigations and financial regulation and compliance, with a specific focus on the alternative investment market. She also acted as the secretary to the Admissions Review Committee focusing on due diligence and protecting the reputation of the London Stock Exchange and UK markets.
Over the years, Maria has managed a number of large-scale AML and sanctions remediation projects, including those facing scrutiny of the UK’s FCA and the U.S.’ SEC. She has also led several complex large-scale regulatory-commissioned reviews in the UK and EU and regulatory due diligence projects.
Maria’s work includes practical advice, designing and implementing AML and sanctions risk frameworks and assessment of processes, developing policies and procedures, oversight of remediation projects, designing financial crime-focused compliance management information, AML and sanctions training and design of targeted transaction monitoring frameworks. She has also been involved in several retrospective transactional reviews as part of wider money laundering investigations conducted by both firms and regulators. In recent years, Maria has worked on several projects related to crypto exchanges and virtual currency providers.
Maria holds a postgraduate diploma in Legal practice from BPP Law School. Since completing her legal studies, she has obtained CISI certificates in Investment Operations, Risk in Financial Services and CISI Regulation and Compliance.