5th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies

The 5th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies, co-organised by the Basel Institute on Governance, INTERPOL and Europol, will take place virtually on 7–8 December 2021. 

The annual conference gathers cryptocurrency experts, money laundering investigators and other law enforcement representatives from around the world. 

The aim is to increase the capabilities of all relevant actors to successfully investigate and prosecute crimes in which virtual assets are involved. The conferences help to create a network of practitioners and experts who can collectively establish best practices and provide assistance and recommendations.

Since the establishment of the Working Group on Cryptocurrencies and Criminal Finances by the Basel Institute on Governance, INTERPOL and Europol, and the first conference in 2014, attendance has grown by nearly 900% – an indication of how quickly cryptocurrencies are changing the AML/CFT sphere.


  • Date: 7–8 December 2021 (8 December restricted to law enforcement)
  • Time: To be confirmed
  • Language: English
  • Target sectors: Law enforcement and police investigation divisions, judicial authorities, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) and global/regional anti-money laundering bodies. The first day is also open to private entities including virtual asset service providers (VASPs), banks, law firms and academia.
  • Media will not be present, but a press release will be issued after the event.

Attendance at either of the sessions is subject to confirmation by the organising committee.

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At a glance:

  • Tuesday 7 December: open session
  • Wednesday 8 December: law enforcement only
  • Virtual conference
  • Pre-registration required; attendance subject to confirmation

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