First AML appoints Sam Halse as new Chief Operating Officer

01 August, 2022

Anti-money laundering (AML) software solution company First AML has appointed  Sam Halse as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Halse joins First AML’s Senior Leadership Team and will lead the company’s next phase of global growth operations,  including go to market, product development and risk management. He will work closely with First AML CEO and Co-Founder Milan Cooper on the scaling of the business.

Halse joins First AML after previously helping build the global Fintech business Adyen, where he held multiple roles and spent the last five years as the global COO. Halse played a significant role in the growth of the business, helping take it from 30 people when he joined to over 1200 people and a public company valued at EUR 20 billion. The last product he helped build at Adyen included a Customer Onboarding engine for millions of Marketplace and Platform customers globally. Halse also brings significant knowledge around working in global environments, having spent five years in Europe and four years in North America. 

First AML CEO and Co-Founder Milan Cooper said of the appointment,

“Sam brings a wealth of experience in the technology industry and a track record of success that will offer a tremendous competitive advantage to First AML as we expand our global footprint and work towards global growth objectives.”

“We are pleased to welcome Sam to the First AML team and will benefit greatly from his leadership and expertise as we continue to execute on our aggressive expansion strategy.” 

“I am excited to join First AML and work alongside this talented leadership team during such a pivotal time for First AML,” said Sam Halse, newly appointed COO of First AML

“I saw the pain of needing to onboard millions of customers first hand and am excited about the vision that First AML has to create a holistic onboarding solution while facilitating the re-use of KYC information via a complex-entity KYC passport.”

“I can’t wait to get started and am excited about the recent launch of the UK and for what the next 10 years holds for the business.”


About First AML

First AML simplifies the entire anti-money laundering onboarding and compliance process. Its SaaS platform, Source, stands out as a leading solution for organisations with complex or international onboarding needs. It provides streamlined collaboration and ensures uniformity in all AML practices.

First AML transforms an otherwise complex and manual process into one that is simple, cost-effective, and compliant for businesses. By delivering efficiency and time savings, it protects reputations and enables companies to stay on the right side of history in the face of global threats.

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