Technology has brought about a step change in how financial crime is committed, with much of the direct threat to customers having now moved online. In her lecture, Megan discussed how the FCA is turning technology against criminals, from a world leading programme of data collection to the advancement of sophisticated regulatory technology to disrupt criminal activity.
Megan explored the role of intelligent technologies such as AI, robotics, natural language processing and machine learning in tackling the scourge of financial crime and discuss how the FCA, as the regulator of one of the largest global financial centres, plays a leading role in international dialogue around emerging threats and trends.
Megan Butler was appointed Director of Supervision – Investment, Wholesale and Specialist at the FCA in June 2016, having previously been in the role on secondment from the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). Megan joined the Bank of England in 2013 as Executive Director of International Banks Directorate after moving from our predecessor organisation, the Financial Services Authority (FSA). She has been a supervisor since 2008, when she became Head of the Department responsible for the supervision of the UK operations of the major investment banks. Prior to moving to supervision, she was Head of Enforcement Law and Policy at the FSA, and for a number of years chaired the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Standing Committee 4, which is concerned with international enforcement cooperation. Before moving to the Enforcement Division, Megan was Chief Counsel for Markets, heading the legal team responsible for advising on legal issues relating to Official Listing, the regulation of exchanges and clearing houses, market conduct and the supervision of wholesale firms. Megan joined the Financial Services Authority in 2000. Before this, she spent several years at the London Stock Exchange in a variety of legal and non-legal roles, including Head of Capital Markets. Megan is a Barrister, called to the Bar in 1987.
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