AML5, eIDAS and Blockchain: Transforming the Financial Services Industry

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March 16, 2021 3:00 pm
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10 hrs
HRDA Eligible: €250, Non-HRDA Eligible €420 (both + €79.80 VAT)

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Tuesday 16/03/2021 - 15:00-20:30

Wednesday 17/03/2021 - 15:00-20:30

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Course Overview


The 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) and the eIDAS regulation are becoming two dynamic regulatory frameworks and topics to explore, due to the way they are set to refine and revolutionize the world of business and particularly the European Financial Industry.  These new regulations on trust services in EU and anti-money laundering, have now redefined the concept of EU Digital Single Market, creating roadmaps and unlocking opportunities for financial companies to operate and thrive.


The introduction of the AMLD5, is a major development towards a uniform framework for regulators across the EU, as it exemplifies the effort to bring crypto asset activity within the regulatory ambit by introducing relevant provisions and imposing relevant obligations to traditional and new providers and their activities in this area.  In essence, the AMLD5 intends to make the legal situation on the cryptocurrency market more transparent and it is enriched with regulations related to cryptocurrency businesses, aiming to strengthen the barriers to fight against money laundering and restrain terrorist financing.


eIDAS regulation offers consistency and conformity within the EU Member States in relation to trust services while encouraging the legally predictable application of such services by businesses and creating a resilient framework to place trustworthy digital transactions in the heart of business relationships. The regulation provides the conditions for recognizing simple, advanced and qualified trust services.  eIDAS offers the supervisory measures and standards of trust services as well.


At the same time, Blockchain, the technology that has begun gaining traction, plays an important role for the future of preventing money laundering, enhancing KYC/AML compliance regimes and enabling the execution of trustworthy digital transactions.


This training course is designed to explore AMLD5 and eIDAS as the game changers of the European Financial Industry.  The course also explores Blockchain technology and it encourages participants to consider its potential impact for both, the future of electronic transactions as well as for the prevention of money laundering and the improvement of KYC/AML compliance regimes.  At the end of the training course, participants will comprehend that the relationship between AMLD5, eIDAS and Blockchain Technology is very close.




Christiana Aristidou

Christiana Aristidou is a former partner of a 50-year legacy medium-size family law firm, who recently established Christiana Aristidou LLC, a hybrid SmartLaw-Tech firm. Christiana has been practicing business and technology law for more than 23 years, she is a Certified International Legal Project Practitioner (IILPM), a Digital Transformation Specialist and an EU licensed litigator since 1997. She is a Cyprus Delegate to the ISO TC/307 Blockchain Committee, member of WG6 on blockchain use cases and actively contributing to WG-3 on Smart Contracts. She has also served in ITU-FG-DLTs.  Christiana is a co-founding member and Vice-Chair of the Cyprus Blockchain Association (CBA). Having studied and lived in more than five different countries, i.e., Greece, the UK, Germany, China and Cyprus, Christiana combined legal studies on law and technology, in both, common law and civil law jurisdictions and maintains a very rich network which supports a global reach of more than 50K professionals and corporates in more than 120 countries and holds Directorships as well as advisory positions in the boards of several corporate bodies. Christiana is a graduate of the law school of the Kapodistrian University of Athens-Greece and holds three (3) Master degrees from the UK, on International Business, Commercial and Technology Law, a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from the University of Cologne and a certificate in Chinese Culture and language (HSK2) from Mandarin House-Shanghai. She also holds a certificate in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia and a certificate on Data Protection and Privacy Rights from HELP-EU. Christiana has been involved in multijurisdictional and complex business and technology legal projects and worked extensively with Silicon Valley companies and entrepreneurs. She has advised major local and international players in the fields of regulation compliance, IT and advanced technologies, platform design, legal mechanics and legal architecture for platform-based innovative business models, start-up projects and funding (i.e. ICOs, STOs, IPOs), digital identity , electronic signatures, digital onboarding and online identity verification,  open banking and payment innovation, privacy by design, e-money, digital currencies, crypto-coins and crypto-exchanges, tokens and tokenisation, transactional deals and documentation, commercial contract drafting, cybersecurity, financial services and fintech, funding and investments, insurance, telecommunications, internet and cybersecurity, software and gaming, technology IP protection, and intellectual property taxing. Christiana is a trainer training leaders, executives, teams and departments on several major EU Directives, Regulations and other legal and regulatory compliance instruments. She is also a legal author and a regular speaker at national and international technology conferences and summits.
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