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Michael Ifill, a Senior Manager with Treliant, is a highly analytical and insightful financial crimes compliance (FCC) expert with a history of success leading high-performance teams in applying strong analytical and research skills to investigate and manage fraud and financial crimes risks.  He is an experienced global risk management executive with expertise in financial investigations, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions, correspondent banking, and investment bank trading at global investment and commercial banks. As a former financial crimes analyst, investigator, and manager, Michael brings over 20 years of unique financial services experience to assess risks from a variety of perspectives and provide effective solutions to complex matters.

Prior to joining Treliant, Michael spent several years at UBS working in various financial crimes compliance roles. As the Head of Wealth Management Americas AML Monitoring and Surveillance, he led a team of over 20 analysts and managers charged with analyzing high-risk transactions, evaluating account relationships, and managing investigations to mitigate areas of financial crimes and fraud risks. In this capacity, he spearheaded cross-functional initiatives to achieve a robust compliance program across multi-faceted business lines, implemented action plans to address compliance issues and maintain partnerships with regulators, led the review and closure of an inherited backlog of 15,000 alerts, enhanced transaction monitoring data systems to reduce false-positive results by 73%, and steered the development and implementation of a new transaction monitoring software.

Michael has also held the role of Financial Crime Compliance Risk Manager at HSBC. This was a critical role in the oversight and reporting function that had a broad remit, responsibilities, and accountability for ensuring adequate controls were in place to manage financial crimes risk across all lines of business. In this role, he developed and produced enhanced reporting focused on proactively identifying high-risk incidents and trends, developed and produced a weekly presentation of COVID-related FCC risks and themes to provide a high-level overview to senior FCC management, supported the review of selected investigations for control issues and other operational breakdowns, and built constructive and collaborative relationships within the other areas of compliance, operations, the business, and other financial crimes risk stakeholders to produce an aligned view of risks between the second and third lines of defense.

Michael holds an Executive MS in Financial Crime and Compliance Management from Utica College, an MBA in a dual concentration of Financial Management and International Business from Pace University, and a BBA in Business Management from Berkeley College. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS), and he is FINRA Series 7 and 63 licensed.

Areas of Specialization

  • Anti-Money Laundering / Bank Secrecy Act
  • Due Diligence
  • Financial Investigations
  • Lookbacks
  • OFAC / Economic Sanctions