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Providing compliance & legal-focused 

writing, copywriting, and editing.

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Ola M. Tucker, JD

Welcome to my website!

I am an experienced compliance professional with subject-matter expertise in anti-financial crimes compliance, including anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and international sanctions laws and regulations.


I worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years, where I helped develop and implement corporate compliance programs at international and domestic companies, including Fortune 50 corporations. I also served as a BSA/AML Compliance Officer.


Since 2018, I have been teaching classes on compliance and financial crimes at Widener University Delaware Law School. I've spoken at several industry conferences and conducted a number of webinars. Additionally, I am a contributor to various publications.

I founded Compliance Notes in 2019, whereby I provide freelance writing, copywriting, and editing to individuals and businesses in the legal and financial services sectors. 

My first book, "The Flow of Illicit Funds, A Case Study Approach to Anti-Money Laundering Compliance," is available from Georgetown University Press.


For more details about my professional experience, see my RESUME.


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Be sure to check out my interview on the
Great Women in Compliance podcast, available on Apple Podcasts!

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​I offer freelance writing focused on corporate compliance & ethics, global financial crimes, legal, and regulatory issues. I am highly proficient in the use of SEO, including keywords and meta descriptions, to optimize web content searchability. My services include:

  • Writing, Ghostwriting, Copywriting, Editing (e.g., articles, blog posts, ebooks, newsletters, web content, whitepapers, etc.)

  • Content development, including customized training/educational materials

  • Textbook collaboration 

  • Webinars & presentations

  • Expert witness testimony & consultation

I can help you communicate complex and technical concepts clearly and effectively. Contact me today.

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Risk-Based Customer Due Diligence is the Key to Effectively Managing Financial Crime Risk. Journal of Financial Compliance, (in press).


Reforming the Defective U.S. Sanctions Regime, Diplomatic Courier, (January 27, 2022).

Combatting Exploitative Labour Practices And Other Human Rights Violations Through Supply Chain Transparency, Human Rights Pulse, (January 27, 2022).  

U.S. Legislation Targets the Enablers of Money Laundering, Diplomatic Courier, (November 4, 2021).

The AMLA Targets Anonymous US Shell Companies, But Can It Halt Illicit Fund Flows Globally? ACAMS Today, (May 28, 2021). 

Understanding the Risks and Challenges of Shell Companies in Managing AML Compliance. Journal of Financial Compliance, Vol. 3, No. 4, (Summer, 2020). 

The SEC Breaks New Ground with Sanctions, Export Control Penalties in FCPA Action. Bloomberg Law, (December 12, 2019).         

The Role of the Board of Directors in AML Compliance., (November 4, 2019). 


How Shell Companies Might be Circumventing FinCEN's Beneficial Ownership Rule., (July 5, 2019).


"FRAML: An Integrated Approach to Financial Crime Risk Management,” Alessa, March 27, 2023.

Banking Regulatory Compliance Checklist: All You Need To Know,” Alessa, March 8, 2023. 

"What are the Key Differences Between AML, CDD, and KYC?" Alessa, (January 23, 2032).

"What Financial Institutions Need To Know About FinCEN's Real Estate Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs)," Alessa, (November 29, 2022). 

"A Timeline of Key BSA/AML Regulations," Alessa, (September 22, 2022).


"Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): FinCEN's Beneficial Ownership Requirements," Alessa, (August 25, 2022). 

"Public-Private Partnerships and AML Compliance," Alessa, (July 27, 2022).

"Responding to the New Sanctions Against Russia: How Financial Institutions Can Ensure Compliance," Alessa, (March 3, 2022).


"Casino Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Regulations," Alessa, (February 12, 2021).

Customer Due Diligence: Meeting Regulatory Expectations,” Alessa, (December 8, 2020).

"The disappearance of office chit-chat," SAI Global, (September 26, 2020). 


"Ola Tucker's Training Tips," Sending the Elevator Back Down: What We’ve Learned From Great Women in Compliance, Lisa Fine and Mary Shirley, CCI Press, (October 2020). 

- BOOK - 

The Flow of Illicit Funds: A Case Study Approach to Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Georgetown University Press, (July 2022).


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  • "AML Issues for Non-Financial Institutions." Lawline, Webcast, forthcoming September 20, 2023. 

  • "Using CDD to Manage AML Risk and Update on FinCEN GTOs," ACAMS & ACFE Delaware Chapters, In-Person Presentations, December 1, 2022. Presenter.

  • "Conducting More Effective Customer Due Diligence: Requirements, Best Practices, and Trends." ACAMS Delaware Chapter, Webinar, August 18, 2022. Presenter.

  • "Navigating Russian Sanctions: Best Practices in Sanctions Compliance and the Identification of Beneficial Owners." Bermuda Bankers Association, Webinar, May 13, 2022. Presenter.

  • "Recent PEP Screening Guidance from Regulators.” Alessa by Tier1 Financial Solutions, Webinar, September 14, 2021. Presenter. 

  • "Anti-corruption and the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT): what are the challenges for European companies?" Faculté de Droit (FLD), Webinar, June 22, 2021. Speaker.​

  • “Cybercrime and the Recent Wave of Ransomware Attacks.” UNIVALI & Widener University Delaware Law School, Webinar Lecture Series, June 16, 2021. Speaker. 

  • "Best Practices for Conducting Effective Customer Due Diligence." Bermuda Bankers Association, Webinar, March 19, 2021. Presenter.​

  • "Understanding the Board of Directors Role in Effective AML Risk Oversight." Lawline, Webcast, November 6, 2020. Presenter.                  ​

  • "Law in the Time of COVID-19: Corruption and Money Laundering." UNIVALI & Widener University Delaware Law School, Webinar Lecture Series, May 27, 2020. Speaker. 

  • "Mastering the Art of Ethical Office Politics for Stronger AFC." ACAMS 25th Annual International AML & Financial Crime Conference, Hollywood, FL, April 20-22, 2020. Panel Moderator. *Conference canceled due to COVID-19.

  • "Board of Director Oversight and Responsibilities in Relation to AML Risk." Clear Law Institute, Webinar, March 24, 2020. Presenter.

  • "Board of Director Oversight of AML Risk." Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Web Conference, January 23, 2020. Presenter.

  • "AML Challenges Amid the Rise of the Shell Company." Compliance Week Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., May 20, 2019. Panelist.

Ola Tucker, Sergio Moro, Webinar on Anti-Corruption and Covid-19, Delaware Law School and UNIVALI Brasil
Ola Tucker Lecture at Widener University Delaware Law School
Speaker Panel at Compliance Week Conference
Ola Tucker at Compliance Week Conference
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