Irvin Almonte - Associate at Waystone in United Arab Emirates

      Irvin Almonte


      United Arab Emirates
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      Irvin Almonte joined Waystone in 2021 and in his current role as Associate, provides compliance and AML support as part of the Consultancy Team and Projects Team.

      Irvin specialises in Anti Money Laundering (“AML”), KYC and Onboarding, Remediation and Transaction Monitoring. At Waystone, Irvin acts as Compliance Analyst for multiple entities within the Abu Dhabi Global Market (‘’ADGM”) and the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”). As part of this role, Irvin also provides secondary support to the MLRO on sanction screenings and other key background checks including Refinitiv World Checks, Lexis Nexis searches and media searches.

      In addition to compliance and AML support at Waystone, Irvin manages operational matters relating to business development and the updating of CRM systems for the Abu Dhabi Office. Irvin was appointed as a member of the Infrastructure Committee in 2024.

      Prior to joining Waystone, Irvin worked as a KYC analyst in a financial services firm and held roles with multinational organizations.

      Irvin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy and is an associate member of the International Compliance Association (“ICA”) and the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants – Abu Dhabi Chapter (“PICPA”). Irvin holds an ICA Certificate in AML.

      Recent work includes:

      • Reviewing client KYC & onboarding processes and conducting enhanced due diligence on high-risk and watchlist applicants.
      • Ongoing clients’ CDD/KYC reviews and recommendations.
      • Assisting applicants to obtain ADGM and DFSA authorisation for different categories.
      • Providing ongoing AML and compliance support including reviews of firms’ compliance manuals, policies and procedures.
      • Providing support to consultants with their day-to-day compliance programmes.
      • Reviewing daily screening and UN sanctions alerts as and when required by MLRO.
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