Sean Holohan


Sean is an Enterprise-minded Compliance, Financial Crime & Risk Assurance/Audit specialist
with 15 years in Financial Crime, Compliance and Risk assurance and audit; built on 18 years in financial/forensic accounting and fraud/financial crime investigations; and creating a bed-rock for effective and accurate evidence-based risk management.

Throughout, he has remained unashamedly passionate about what he does. He has built out second line of defence assurance teams (each 150+ fte) from scratch for two global banks, led the merger and optimisation of previously separate and diverse financial crime and conduct monitoring teams to form a single global Compliance Assurance utility, promoted a data-led approach to both controls and outcomes assurance; enhanced automation offering across the entire assurance life cycle, incl data analytics and AI; promoted an agile and flexible assurance proposition, tailoring assurance activities to specific demands such as COVID pandemic and regulatory response, led the assurance responses to two FCA s.166 Financial Crime examinations and numerous global regulatory findings and enforcement actions (in particular: FCA ‘Firm Evaluation’, US Cease & Desist, MRIA/MRAs; MAS and BaFin findings).

He has designed and implemented a brand new assurance offering tailored to identification, mapping and adherence to applicable Laws, Rules & Regulations (LRR) alongside existing Enterprise and Operational Risk, Policies and Controls frameworks, created diverse and inclusive cultures, focussing on people/skills development, well-being and succession; consistently achieved top quartile employee survey results; resulting in high internal demand for assurance skill sets and internal mobility (as opposed to external attrition), provided Expert Witness services (incl Court cross-examination); supported national and local law enforcement agencies with admissible evidence submissions.





Sean Holohan
until recently Global Head of Compliance Assurance