#FMFS 2021 Summit Spotlight: Barry Koch

Barry M. Koch, Esq., CAMS, CFCS 

AML Expert Witness & Financial Crimes Attorney / Law Professor / Former Commissioner, Financial Sector Commission on Human Trafficking / Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative Advisory Council 

FAST Initiative

When it comes to the war on human trafficking, you could say that Barry Koch has been there, done that. For decades Barry has been on the front lines in the financial crime (fincrime) battle in many different roles, such as district attorney, Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and Chief AML (Anit-Money Laundering) Counsel, founder, commissioner, and more. As an expert in international financial crimes compliance, Barry’s influence and reach are global.  

A highly skilled manager, Barry managed international teams of 2,000+ professionals for financial institutions conducting regulated businesses in 200+ countries and territories, in 100+ currencies, in 70 languages. He later went on to become an Assistant District Attorney and Counsel in the Investigative Division of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. The Division’s work focused on many types of financial crime: cybercrime, rackets, tax, major economic crimes, asset forfeiture, corruption and counterterrorism bureaus, the International Money Movement Center, and the Financial Intelligence Unit. 

Barry is an expert in the subjects of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/AML, Sanctions (Office of Foreign Assets Control-OFAC), Anti-Bribery and Corruption (including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act-FCPA). He is a former member of the Supervisory Board of a European-regulated bank and has done AML and Compliance training for those in law enforcement, the financial industry, diplomatic and intelligence communities, regulators, legislators, and Financial Intelligence Units (FIU) around the world.  

Under the auspices of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Barry was also part of the Public-Private Analytic Exchange Program and was also an early private-sector participant in the US Treasury Department’s Private Sector Dialogue.  

Barry also co-founded the Bankers’ Alliance Against Human Trafficking and is a member of Ambassadors Group on Human Trafficking, McCain Institute (formerly Human Rights First). He has served as a Commissioner on the Financial Sector Commission Against Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (FAST Initiative / The Liechtenstein Initiative), which was co-convened by the governments of Australia, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.  

As if he weren’t busy enough, Barry is also an adjunct law professor, teaching Global Corporate Compliance at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He also runs the Barry M. Koch, PLLC consulting practice, where he provides expert witness and advisory services in domestic and international financial crimes matters. 

Barry pays it forward in many capacities.  He mentors many leaders and organizations.  Barry is a Founding Member of the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative’s Advisory Council and has been monumental in our game-changing accomplishments during our short history as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.   

And with his fierce anti-trafficking stance, plus many years and such a vast array of professional experience, we are all extremely fortunate to have Barry Koch as a speaker at the First Annual Follow Money Fight Slavery 2021 Virtual Summit.