Landmark Asset Recovery Credential for Our Times Arrives on British Shores This June
The Certified Specialist in Asset Recovery (CSAR) Training Seminar to be Taught for First Time Ever to International Audience; Will Help Train Asset Recovery Professionals to Win the Endgame of Financial Crime
By: Patricia Valdes
On the first day of the 2011 Cross-Border Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference, to be held June 12-14 at the Waldorf Hilton, international fraud and commercial litigation lawyer Arnoldo Lacayo, CSAR from Miami-based law firm Astigarraga Davis will teach a day-long seminar directing CSAR-hopefuls through the finer points of asset recovery in order to prepare them for the exam. Along with more than 20 other scheduled expert speakers, Lacayo will instruct attendees on the best practices and crucial intelligence needed to disarm criminal enterprises and derail corruption by taking back the assets they wrongfully hold.
Benefits of the CSAR credential
The CSAR examination is a psychometrically constructed, legally defensible test used to establish a baseline of competence for professionals in the asset recovery field. The examination was built by IAAR over the course of eight months in 2010, with the help of more than 30 world class experts from the burgeoning field of asset recovery – including lawyers, investigators, forensic accountants and information analysts. The certification marks the first time the skills to trace and recover assets have been identified, demarcated and set aside as unique and deserving of credentialing. To build the examination itself, IAAR employed Kryterion, an industry-leading psychometrics firm.
"You can detect the fraud, you can catch the fraudster. But if you don't recover the assets, you've lost the case," said IAAR Executive Director Patricia Valdes. "Our colleagues in the United Kingdom are among the most sophisticated in the business at recovering assets, and now they can prove their mettle and increase their credibility."
Among other benefits of certification, Valdes explained, the CSAR credential also confers confidence in the title-holder – confidence that tells clients and employers they can trust a CSAR to do the job and get their money back.
Experts say 'Victims of fraud will rely on the CSAR'
Experts agree that the CSAR credential was needed for years and promises to make a positive impact on the current, pathetically low rates of asset recovery in the wake of fraud and corruption.
"Victims of fraud will rely on the CSAR certification to provide expert assistance in recovering assets misappropriated though fraud and the holders of the certificate should be individuals with a combination of experience and detailed knowledge of the law, investigative techniques, and legal principles so the exam should be tough," said retired IRS Criminal Investigation Branch Chief Al Allison, who is now a fraud investigator with the city of San Diego. Allison was among the inaugural group of CSARs who sat for the first exam in November during IAAR's Second Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
The CSAR examination is administered by Kryterion in a neutral, proctored environment at more than 500 locations, including London, Leeds, and throughout the United Kingdom. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a CSAR, or to register for the examination, visit www.iaaronline.org. To register for the 2011 Cross-Border Asset Tracing and Recovery Conference, visit www.iaarlondon.co.uk.
IAAR is the international membership organization for private sector and government professionals who work to recover assets derived from illegal activity or withheld from their rightful owners.
The association gives members access to experts, breaking news and best practices in the rapidly evolving field of asset recovery, so you can better serve your organization and your clients, succeed at tracing and recovering assets, build better cases and advance your career.
Under the guidance of its Advisory Board of pioneers and experts in global asset recovery, IAAR serves its members with top-quality educational and career development programs, information exchanges, and networking opportunities.
Media inquiries concerning IAAR and the Certified Specialist in Asset Recovery (CSAR) certification may be directed to Patricia Valdes, Assistant Executive Director, at (786) 517-2715, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.iaaronline.org for more information about IAAR and the CSAR.
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The International Association for Asset Recovery (IAAR) is the international membership organization for private sector and government professionals who work to recover assets derived from illegal activity or withheld from their rightful owners.