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Brian McKenzie
Strategic Head of Financial Crime & MLRO at Allied Irish Banks plc (Ireland)


Brian is Group Head of Financial Crime and MLRO for Allied Irish Banks, plc with responsibility for oversight of the bank’s AML/CFT, Sanctions, Fraud and AB&C processes across Ireland, the UK and US.

A qualified solicitor since 2001, Brian spent his early legal career in the Banking & Finance Departments of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and A&L Goodbody in Dublin. He has acted for a wide range of international banks, airlines and operating lessors in relation to multi jurisdictional aviation and rail financing transactions.

Brian developed a wide legal practice which encompassed Banking Law, Structured Finance, Litigation (both Criminal and Commercial), Regulatory Compliance, Data Protection and Commercial law. He spent 8 years as a criminal defence lawyer appearing before courts of all jurisdiction in Ireland from District up to Supreme Court and is a very experienced courtroom advocate. He has advised a large number of clients in relation to all forms of serious indictable offences before the Circuit Criminal Court and Central Criminal Court and has worked on some of the most high profile criminal cases in Ireland over the past 20 years.

Before joining AIB in 2015, Brian held separate roles as Head of Litigation and Divisional Director for Compliance and Operational Risk for Certus, an Irish outsourced banking services provider.

Career Summary:

  • Qualified as a solicitor in Finance Department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialising in asset finance 
  • Advised in relation to structured finance and general banking matters at A&L Goodbody, Dublin 
  • Spent 8 years as solicitor and partner at Ireland’s largest Criminal Law and Human Rights firm, KOD Lyons 
  • Head of Litigation / Divisional Director Risk & Compliance at Certus

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