Maria Evstropova  is a director in Duff & Phelps’ Compliance and Regulatory Consulting practice.

Maria Evstropova is a director in Duff & Phelps' (rebranded as Kroll) Financial Services Compliance and Regulation practice with over 11 years of experience in the financial services industry, specializing in anti-money laundering (AML) and financial crime.

Maria has worked with a broad range of firms including banks, asset management companies, trust companies and alternative fund structures providing extensive financial crime advisory services and reviews. She has spent over two years managing a large-scale AML and sanctions remediation project, which was under scrutiny of both the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the U.S.’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She led a number of complex large-scale s.166 reviews and regulatory due diligence projects. Maria’s work includes practical advice, designing and implementing AML and sanctions risk frameworks and assessment of processes, drafting policies and procedures, oversight of file review remediation, designing compliance management information, AML and sanctions training and design of targeted transaction monitoring frameworks. Maria has also been involved in a number of retrospective transactional reviews as part of wider money laundering investigations.

Prior to joining Kinetic Partners in March 2014, which was acquired by Kroll in January 2015, 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. As a Primary Markets Regulator, Maria gained first-hand experience in enforcing principles-based rules. Additionally, she developed a working knowledge of market abuse and financial crime regulations as well as RIE regulations.

Maria has a legal background. Since completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Corporate) at BPP Law School she has obtained CISI certificates in Investment Operations, Risk in Financial Services and CISI Regulation and Compliance.

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