London Governance & Compliance Academy

Samatha Sheen


Samantha Sheen is the founder and Director of Ex Ante Advisory Services Limited, a consultancy services firm providing advice and assistance to regulators and financial institutions in a variety of areas related to the prevention of financial crime. Sam is a financial crime prevention professional with over 15 years of practical experience in compliance.


Sam holds a number of qualifications and is recognised as a subject matter expert in the field of financial crime. Sam most recently worked with ACAMS Europe as its AML Director and is a member of the Chapter in the UK. Sam is recognised by ACAMS as a subject matter expert in sanctions and has co-authored a number of online certificate courses, facilitated working groups on 4/5AMLD in Europe and assistance in the development of white papers. Originally from Montreal, Quebec Canada, Sam holds a Bachelors of Public Administration, Law Degree, qualified as a barrister and solicitor and holds her Masters in Business, specialising in risk management.


Sam’s previous work experience includes working as MLRO, Data Protection Officer and CCO and Group Head of AML for various financial institutions, both offshore and in Europe. Sam also worked offshore for several years as the first legal counsel to the financial regulator in Guernsey and subsequently set up the financial crime division, overseeing the examination of a variety of financial institutions. She continues to maintain ongoing engagement with other regulators on financial crime matters.

Sam has extensive training experience in the field of financial crime prevention and corporate governance matters. She has most recently been involved in projects related to FinTech businesses, the use of RegTech to mitigate financial crime and list management relating to the screening of customers and third parties.