5th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies
The 5th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies, a joint initiative of the Basel Institute on Governance, INTERPOL and Europol, took place on 7–8 December 2021.
Hosted virtually this year by the Basel Institute through its International Centre for Asset Recovery, the annual conference gathers cryptocurrency experts, 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 virtual assets-based money laundering and other crypto-enabled crimes, as well as manage related risks to citizens, companies and national/global financial systems.
The conferences help to create a network of practitioners and experts who can collectively establish best practices and provide assistance and recommendations in this fast-evolving field.
The annual conference is an initiative of the Working Group on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies, formally established by the Basel Institute on Governance, INTERPOL and Europol in 2016.
- Download the Recommendations of the Tripartite Working Group on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies on Combating virtual assets-based money laundering and crypto-enabled crime.
- Day 1 of the conference was dedicated to contrasting perspectives on virtual assets, regulation and compliance from the public and private sectors, media and regulatory bodies. View the agenda, video recordings and slides where available.
- Day 2 was limited to law enforcement and related public authorities, and was not recorded. The sessions explored the changing modi operandi of criminals abusing the cryptocurrency ecosystem to hide and launder money, and how law enforcement can fight back.
The 6th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies will be hosted by Europol, hopefully in person or in hybrid format. More details will be posted here when available.
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Quick guide to cryptocurrencies and money laundering investigations
A short overview of how cryptocurrencies can be used to facilitate serious crimes or launder stolen money, and what law enforcement can do about it - available in English, Español, Français and Português.
Cryptocurrencies and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Training
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