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Nick Kochan:

Commentator on economy, white collar crime, and regulation


Nick Kochan is a foremost commentator on politics, banking and financial services, on terrorist financing, on compliance and regulation, on emerging markets, on forensic topics. Kochan is a noted biographer of leading political figures, including former British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Kochan's most recent book is 'Blair Inc: The Man behind the Mask' (written with Francis Beckett and David Hencke). This is a hard-hitting expose of Blair's commercial and political life after he left office in 2007.

His work on banking, financial services and the economy has appeared in The Financial Times, the Economist, the Banker and Euromoney magazines. He is regularly consulted by the BBC and Sky for commentary on economy and financial services.

In terms of compliance and regulation, Nick Kochan has established his leadership in the
field with the publication of his book on money laundering (The Washing Machine, 2006)
and more recently on Bribery and Corruption (Corruption: The New Corporate Challenge, 2011). His work appears in Operational Risk and Regulation magazine, The Observer,
among other fora.

In terms of emerging markets, he has taken a particular interest in the emergence of Africa. He has written a book on Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe: Unlocking Growth Potential, 2011). His other work on Africa has appeared in Euromoney magazine and The Banker. He has visited Africa a number of times.

Nick Kochan is a regular lecturer to law enforcement, academic and government institutions on topics relating to forensic issues. He has lectured on the prosecution of money laundering, on Russian corruption (a topic on which he addressed a seminar of the Oxford University criminology department) and on the expansion and likely outlook for fraud (where he gave a lecture to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in 2012).

Nick Kochan seeks to present sometimes complex ideas in a manner that is clear and comprehensible for the lay practitioner. He is as fascinated by individual behaviour as he is by systems of rules. But his work increasingly looks at the way that individuals work to subvert rules, for their own benefit. In that sense, Kochan is winning respect as a commentator on many global and futuristic problems.