Northeastern University | Boston, MA | Curry Center

Prepare for the Future of Crypto Compliance


JOIN US IN BOSTON! Getting Real About Crypto Risks and Rewards

Gain Insights on Crypto Risks

Receive guidance on indirect and direct risks to your financial institution tied to crypto

FATF Guidance Updates

Hear how FATF guidance will impact crypto regulation and enforcement – and its key takeaways for the banking sector

The Latest Crypto Trends

Hear the latest trends in how bad actors are using crypto – And how the industry is moving to counter them

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Actionable Insights for AML Investigations and Compliance

SCHEDULE DETAILS Symposium Program

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 9:20 AM

Break and Reset

9:20 AM - 10:10 AM

Mark duBose

Crypto and Traditional Financial Services - Worlds Apart or One World?


As the number of crypto-related businesses multipies and a growing number of individuals hold cryptocurrencies, saying “we don’t bank crypto" is no longer a viable, risk-based compliance approach. In this session, experts discuss how to approach existing and prospective customers engaged in crypto activities. While we can’t answer whether your institution should bank crypto companies, presenters will discuss their own experiences working with banks that have done just that, as well as give insights from the crypto companies that have made it through the onboarding process. We'll also reveal how financial institutions already have exposure to the crypto world - whether they know it or not - and what they can do about it.

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Joanna Marathakis


Hank Basile

Following the (Digital) Money - Case Studies on Blockchain Tracing in Fraud, Sanctions Evasion and More

By now, most of us know that Bitcoin and many other cryptocurrencies aren't really anonymous - Transactions can be traced along the blockchain, a fact that can be crucially important in criminal investigations, threat intelligence and risk management. In this session, members of law enforcement illustrate exactly how they followed the digital money using real-world cases, and give insights on how criminals are exploiting cryptocurrencies along the way.

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Break and Reset

11:40 AM : 12:30 PM

Adam Goldstein


Steve Ryan

Crypto Compliance After the FATF Guidance – What it Means for Crypto Exchanges, Banks and Others

Last June the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issued its long-awaited guidance on the regulation of virtual assets, including cryptocurrencies, ushering in a new era for all stakeholders in the crypto space. For regulators, the guidance creates new pressure to ensure that crypto firms are in full compliance with their fincrime mandates. For both crypto exchanges and banks, the guidance raises thorny compliance challenges, including compliance with the Travel Rule and visibility into crypto transactions. On this session, hear from regulators and crypto compliance experts on how they're responding to the guidance and what comes next.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Dr David Utzke

Blockchain Applications in the Financial World – Use Cases in Digital Identities, Contracts and More

Distributed ledger technologies, or blockchains, go far beyond cryptocurrencies. From digital identities to smart contracts and much more, there is an explosion of blockchain-based applications that could have major impacts on financial crime compliance. But separating faction from fiction can be tricky. This session cuts through hype to give real-world case studies on blockchain tech already in use in fincrime compliance, and a look ahead to what's coming in the future.

2:00 - 2:35 PM

Nikos Passas

Crypto and Halawa Networks: Key Concerns and Policy Considerations

At first glance, cryptocurrencies and hawala networks seem worlds apart – One a hot new “trustless” technology, the other an ancient system with trust at its very core. Yet the two systems for moving value intersect in a number of ways, with funds, users and brokers increasingly moving between crypto and hawala networks. Likewise, some of the lessons learned from regulatory frameworks and policy around hawalas may have applications to the increasingly regulated crypto space. In this session, a financial crime expert with deep experience studying and investigating hawalas brings his insights, and answers your questions!

2:35 PM - 2:45 PM

Break and Reset

2:45 PM - 3:35 PM

Deirdra O'Gorman

Paying for Pot - Lessons Learned After Legal Cannabis and Where We Go Next

In Massachusetts, recreational cannabis sales topped (funnily enough) $420 million in 2019. Yet the enduring conflicts between state legalization and federal law have kept most financial institutions far away from the potentially lucrative sector. Despite this, there are financial institutions sucessfully serving the legal cananbis industry, while managing the many financial crime risks. In this interactive session, you'll hear directly from institutions banking marijuna-related businesses - Come with your questions and get answers!

3:35 PM - 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks and Contests

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by Chainalysis

REACH US Directions to the Symposium

Northeastern University

Curry Student Center

360 Huntington Ave,

Boston, MA 02115

United States

Contact Us:

Name: Abner Santana


Phone: 786-530-8231

Getting to Northeastern

Visitor Directions and Parking, Main Campus
Admissions Visitor Directions and Parking, Main Campus

From the north (via Route I-93 or Route 1)
Take the Storrow Drive exit, and proceed to the Fenway exit. Follow signs for Boylston Street inbound, and bear right onto Westland Avenue. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue, proceed to the third traffic light, and turn right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

From the west (via Route I-90, Massachusetts Turnpike)
Take Exit 22 (Copley Square), and bear right. Proceed to the first traffic light, and turn right onto Dartmouth Street. Take the next right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

From the west (via Route 9)
Proceed east on Route 9; it will become Huntington Avenue. Turn right onto Ruggles Street. At the fourth traffic light, turn left onto Tremont Street. At the second set of lights, turn left onto Melnea Cass Boulevard, and then turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

From the south (via I-93, Route 3)
Take Exit 18 (Massachusetts Avenue/Roxbury/Frontage Road). Turn left at the third light, staying in one of the two left lanes. Proceed straight onto Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.

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