Bovill appoints new Financial Crime Practice Lead

15 July 2021 2 min. read
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Financial services consultancy Bovill has announced Rupi Johal-Christophers as its new Financial Crime Practice Lead. She arrives at the firm from Commerzbank.

Ben Blackett-Ord, CEO of Bovill, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Rupi to Bovill. Our Financial Crime team will be enhanced by her expertise and leadership skills, particularly given her experience working in financial services firms for almost 20 years. This industry perspective will enrich our understanding and be invaluable to our clients.”

Founded in 1999, Bovill is a specialist financial services regulatory consultancy. Headquartered in the UK with offices in London, Chicago, Singapore and Hong Kong, the firm’s sole activity is the provision of high-quality, technically-focused advice and consultancy services on all aspects of financial services regulation.

Rupi Johal-Christophers, Financial Crime Practice Lead, Bovill

Over the last year, the rapid digitalisation of financial work in response to Covid-19 has seen many financial services firms temporarily suffer from weakened defences against cyber criminals, as well as presenting new opportunities for financial crime more generally. Johal-Christophers joins Bovill at a crucial moment for its clients, as they adapt to a new normal – and look to Bovill for help facing the new challenges brought about by remote working.

Johal-Christophers remarked, “It’s a great time to be joining the team at Bovill and to take the reins of their highly respected Financial Crime Practice... This is an important and exciting period for the UK financial services sector as it finds its feet as an independent jurisdiction. It is also a critical time for financial crime. The pandemic has created a unique and challenging environment for firms, highlighted by the recent FCA Dear CEO letter on AML shortcomings.”

Before joining Bovill’s UK team, Johal-Christophers had accrued 19 years of banking and financial services sector experience. This includes anti-money laundering, sanctions, anti-bribery, anti-tax evasion and fraud regulation knowhow. She joins Bovill from Commerzbank, having been Director of Fraud and Financial Crime Policy, Advisory and Oversight. Prior to that, she was spent six years on the Lloyds Banking Group Financial Crime team.

Earlier in 2021, Bovill looked to further strengthen its financial services regulatory consultancy offering by agreeing a partnership with Qomply. The partner’s technology added a range of automated checks and services for Bovill, helping to provide its clients with immediate feedback on the accuracy and completeness of their transaction reports.