Real Dialogue, Practical Takeaways The Symposium Program Details

Dealing with fincrime risks in crypto and other new technologies requires creativity and the willingness to shake things up. It also requires the input of all stakeholders, from crypto firms and banks to regulators and law enforcement. That’s why the Symposium is designed for community engagement, with extended Q&A in every session, friendly debates and an intimate setting that gives you time and room to connect with the experts. Your questions and input is not only desired, it’s expected! At the same time, sessions are designed to leave you with practical takeaways that you can apply on the job, as well as long-term considerations to help you prepare for the future. With a breakfast, networking breaks, lunch and time to mingle after the event, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to connect with peers and build meaningful connections to help your career.

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

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