Senator Whitehouse on the Transatlantic Fight Against Illicit Finance

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In recent years, efforts to tackle illicit finance have intensified in both London and Washington. Even before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Biden administration had identified the response to illicit finance, corruption and kleptocratic behaviour as a priority. And the events of the past year have brought into devastating focus the corrosive impact of illicit finance and the need to safeguard democracy both at home and abroad.

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The Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies invites you to join us for a discussion with US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the need for transatlantic leadership in the fight against illicit finance, and his perspectives on where UK–US cooperation could be strengthened. Senator Whitehouse is one of the leading voices in the US’s efforts to tackle illicit finance and has championed beneficial ownership measures to track criminals and foreign enemies hiding assets from law enforcement and tax authorities.

The discussion will be moderated by Jim Fitzpatrick, openDemocracy’s ‘dirty money’ reporter.


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Sheldon Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s US Attorney and state attorney general before being elected to the Senate, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. Whitehouse is also a member of the Finance Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Jim Fitzpatrick: Jim Fitzpatrick is ‘dirty money’ reporter at openDemocracy. He spent more than two decades at BBC Northern Ireland, where his roles included presenting the award-winning 'Spotlight' investigations series.

How to attend

This is a hybrid event taking place at One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ and online.

If you would like to attend this event in person, please email Arzu Abbasova, Project Officer, CFCS at

To take part online, you must pre-register no later than 20 February using the ‘Register Now’ button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have any questions, please email

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