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Legal Assistant

Location:
Bronx, New York, United States
Salary:
Na
Posted:
March 29, 2019

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Teuta Muhaxheri Gjanaj

(Current Location: Bronx, NY)

Education:

Master Degree, Department of Criminal Law, University of Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo, Dec 2008 – Dec 2013 Bachelor Degree, Law Faculty, University of Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo, Mar 2005 – Dec 2008 Bachelor Degree, (one year) Law Faculty, University of Skodra, Albania, Oct 2004 – Mar 2005 Diploma, Medical High School “Ramiz Sadiku", Peje, Republic of Kosovo, Sep 2000 – Jun 2004 Trainings:

• Training of Professional Conciliation of Labor Disputes Against by International Labor organ in the framework of EU founded Project in Preventing Social Dialog, Mar 29 – 31, 2016

• Anti-Money Laundering and terrorist financing, Feb 6, 2012

• Internal control, Feb 7, 2012

• Workshop: Enhancing Credit Information and Credit Registry, 12 – 14 Jun 2011, USAID

• Business enabling Development Program – Central Bank of Republic of Kosova

• Introduction of Microfinance Training, 12 – 18 May 2009, ICCED Prishtina

• Basic Law for Non-Lawyers, 7th - 8th May 2008, ICCED Kosova

• Meditations Skills and Conflicts of Administratio, 2003

• Training of prevention of Narcomania, for PEEP to PEER outreach, Jan 2004 Skills:

Microsoft Office, Outlook, Actimize, Lexus Nexis, SAR Database, OFAC sanction list/treasury website, Fiserv, and Internet Explorer, Communications, Ability to work under pressure, Decision making, Time management, Self- motivation, Conflict resolution, Leadership.

Experience:

K2 Intelligence October 2018 – Present

OFAC Sanctions Officer

• Write a comprehensive analysis of the account activity which includes a detailed disposition as to why an alert is being closed or escalated for the further review.

• Conduct investigations to appropriately resolve potential matters generated by BANK’S OFAC screening software on both the customer and transaction level.

• Acts as point of contact for all escalations by the business lines related to OFAC matters.

• Review Compliance oversight in the area of the OFAC sanctions against a list or targeted countries.

• Responsible to clear potential OFAC hits.

• Complete the intial review of customer account flagged by the bank automated monitoring system.

• Perform related duties as assigned by the alert disposition team and BSA Mnager of the Financial Intelligence Unit.

• Interacting with branch personnel regarding unusual activity to determine if an appropriate resolution can be reached.

Citi Group - Long Island City, NY Mar 2018 – October 2018 Senior Compliance Analyst AML/FIU Investigation/Global Corespondent Banking

• Document and report the investigation findings and prepare case files with required supporting documentation (e.g. media search results, copies of statements/checks, results from internal system searches etc.)

• Communicate with internal and external entities, including other Citigroup AML monitoring units.

• Collect and examine financial statements and documents to assist in identifying unusual transaction patterns.

• Conduct research over available Bank systems, the Internet and Commercial Databases consistent with the resolution of investigations.

• Write and file Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and recommend relationship retention or termination and track account closures as required.

• Interact with Senior Management on the Compliance, Legal and business sectors concerning AML issues. Document all research and analysis conducted in the Case Management System.

• Follow-up with additional Point(s) of Contact (POC) as needed to identify additional information in support of the case.

• Liaise with other AML units, Legal, Advisory, Business Compliance teams and Law Enforcement when appropriate.

KEP Trust-Head Quarters, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo/ Bronx, NY Feb 2015 – Aug 2017 Senior Compliance Officer for Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Remote)

• Drafting internal policies and procedure for KEP Trust for AML/CFT including procedure for costumer care and identification of clients.

• Responsible for staff training against AML/CFT for all employees and especially for the sales staff and staff that they have transactions on daily basis with the clients.

• Reports on monthly basis to the Financial Intelligent Unit of Republic of Kosovo.

• Drafting suspicious transaction reports (STRs) and suspicious activity reports (SARs) to Financial Intelligence Unit in accordance with the respective law and regulations in force.

• Keeping Records of suspicious transaction identified and reported to the Financial Intelligence Unit.

• Reports direct to the Chief Executive Officer and also to the Risk Committee of KEP Trust about all risks for Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in order to be in compliance with the law in force.

• Make sure that AML/CFT to be on compliance with the Central Bank of Kosovo rules.

• Responsible for preparing and implement trainings for AML/CFT for KEP Trust Staff.

• Prepare and implement approved yearly plan and monitor all branches if this plan are implemented according to the policies and procedure of AML/CFT on branch and HO level. KEP Trust-Head Quarters, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo Aug 2012 – Feb 2015 Senior Legal Officer and Compliance for Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

• Drafting internal policies and procedure for KEP Trust for AML/CFT including procedure for costumer care and identification of clients.

• Drafting suspicious transaction reports (STRs) and suspicious activity reports (SARs) to Financial Intelligence Unit in accordance with the respective law and regulations in force.

• Responsible for staff training against AML/CFT for all employees and especially for the sales staff and staff that they have transactions on daily basis with the clients.

• Prepare and implement approved yearly plan and monitor all branches if this plan are implemented according to the policies and procedure of AML/CFT on branch and HO level.

• Responsible for preparing and implement trainings for AML/CFT for KEP Trust Staff.

• Reports direct to the Chief Executive Officer and also to the Risk Committee of KEP Trust about all risks for Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in order to be in compliance with the law in force. KEP Trust-Head Quarters, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo May 2012 – July 2012 Acting Head of Legal Department – Senior Legal Officer

• Liaise with regulators and governmental authorities for any legal issue related to KEP Trust.

• Represent the KEP Trust with the courts and other governmental authorities.

• Pursing legal cases of non-performing clients handed over to legal department.

• Controlling, managing and directing activities of the legal services function of the organization by providing to HQ staff with legal advice.

• Provide legal advice and consultancy to branches for client-related cases: in court and out of the court.

• Draft legal documents, complains, requests, declarations, internal policies and procedures, authorization on behalf of KEP Trust.

• Support other departments of KEP Trust of any legal issues.

• Draft legal documents for different issues.

KEP Trust-Head Quarters, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo Jan 2011 – Apr 2012 Legal Officer

• Provide administrative and legal support to the legal department.

• Prepare legal documents and letters.

• Provide support to other KEP Trust departments in relation to legal issues.

• Review records to obtain relevant information.

• Undertake research of cases acquire related information and perform other tasks as required. KEP Trust-Head Quarters, Prishtina, Republic of Kosovo May 2009 – Dec 2010 Legal Assistant

• Assist on administrative and legal issues for legal department.

• Prepare legal documents and letters.

• Provide support to other KEP Trust departments in relation to legal issues.

• Review records to obtain relevant information.

• Maintenance all legal files.

• Other duties as per Head of Legal Department request. Agency for Finance in Kosovo – Head Quarters, Peja, Republic of Kosovo Jan 2008 – Apr 2009 Client Advisor

• Provide information to potential borrowers about financial products and promotional materials.

• Communicate to borrowers the balance of their credit accounts/loans and inform clients for the loans conditions in compliance with the policies and procedures of lending department.

• Full fill and receive all documents for loan applications, Establish and maintain loan documentation.

• Distribute approved loans, ensure that all needed documentations are filled and signed in accordance with the policies and procedure of the lending department/institution financial analysis. Ombudsman Institution of Kosovo Nov 2007 – Dec 2007

• Conduct research into Legal developments in Kosovo.

• Processed complaints of violent in Human Rights.

• Complete reports for internal and external use.

• Make recommendations to the Ombudsman.

• Lease with other relevant Governmental Institutions on join issues.

• Field visits to applications complainants including places where people are deprived of freedom. Thermal of Peja, Republic of Kosovo Sep 2003 – May 2004 Physiotherapeutic Assistant

• Assist the Physiotherapist/Doctor in with all necessary during treatment sessions.

• Advise patients regarding health issues that concerned them during their treatment.



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