Michael Unger


Michael Unger is a dynamic international economist with a proven track record of driving AML compliance excellence. Originally from Germany, Michael’s global journey has taken him across borders, enriching his expertise in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing.

Michael holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Augsburg, Germany. He further enriched his knowledge by earning an MBA from the University of California,. 

Michael’s global perspective expanded as he studied and worked in diverse environments. His career in the financial industry began in German banking.  His academic and professional journey took him not only to the United States but also to Brazil, where he gained valuable international experience.  For the last decade, Michael has made Madrid, Spain, his home. Starting in 2002, he played a pivotal role in Ria Money Transfer’s expansion across European countries, spearheading the establishment of local entities and their robust compliance programs. Since 2015, Michael has served as Ria’s European Compliance Director, leading a highly effective compliance program that meets the stringent requirements of local and international regulations. He collaborates closely with compliance organisms, constantly enhancing Ria’s AML program to ensure the company remains at the forefront of industry best practices.

Known for his astute regulatory insights, strategic mindset, and ability to navigate complex compliance landscapes, Michael is a trusted leader in the field.

With his profound understanding of AML compliance, and industry trends, Michael is poised to make a lasting impact in the pursuit of financial integrity.







Michael Unger
European Compliance
Ria Financial