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Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology are becoming popular topics to explore, due to the way they are set to refine and revolutionize the world of business and particularly the financial services sector. While Blockchain’s strongest pillars, decentralization, transparency, immutability and distribution, present significant opportunities, crypto assets, cryptocurrencies and crypto-projects, in general, are sometimes related to illegitimate activities, raising serious money laundering and criminal activities concerns. Policymakers and regulators face increasing pressure to support innovation while ensuring that the required regulations and policies to prevent money laundering and monitor the transactions conducted on blockchain via cryptocurrencies are in place and all stakeholders can be held accountable for the communities they intend to serve.
The introduction of the 5th AML Directive, which constitutes a key development and a uniform framework for regulators across the EU, exemplifies this effort to bring cryptocurrency activities within the regulatory ambit by introducing relevant provisions and imposing relevant obligations to certain cryptocurrency providers and activities. In essence, the 5th AML Directive 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.
This highly researched course examines what money laundering and terrorist financing are, what they involve, explores the new obliged entities in the crypto asset sphere and provides a broad overview of the essential concepts of blockchain technology, a deep explanation of what bitcoin is, anonymity, pseudonymity on blockchains, what tokens and cryptocurrencies are, and the processing of transactions on blockchain ledgers with reference to popular cryptocurrencies and blockchain protocols. At the same time, the course provides the risks and challenges of the increased use of cryptocurrencies by which illegitimate activities can be made.
More importantly, the course is designed to deeply explore the growing relationship between Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The course encourages participants to consider blockchain’s potential impact in the future of preventing money laundering on the one hand and improving KYC/AML compliance regimes on the other.
By the end of the programme, participants will:
Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Terrorist Financing (TF) framework
The 5th AML Directive
Cryptocurrencies under the 5th AML Directive.
How Blockchain can enhance the AML and KYC procedures
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Industry Expert | Christiana Aristidou
Christiana Aristidou is an industry expert and thought leader who stands above subject-matter expertise and is an authority in her field. She is a passionate educator educating and training regulators, public authorities, incumbents, private organizations of all sizes, investors and entrepreneurs in Cyprus, the EU and internationally. A pioneer in the field of training course design, development and delivery, Christiana creates comprehensive training courses with innovative subject combinations and unique content, falling mainly in the intersection of Regulation, Business Law and Technology.
Christiana is a Business Technology Lawyer, CEO of “The Hybrid LawTech Firm”, empowered by Christiana Aristidou LLC, regulated by the Cyprus Bar Association (membership since 1997). She is the Director of SmartCity Business, a company that aims to create smart laws and business models that can be used by smart cities to assess what value they offer citizens by integrating ICT and emerging technologies into their infrastructure and services, enabling the acceleration of change from smart cities to smart societies. She is also a non-executive Director of Rhea Legal Tech, a company that offers AI, machine learning and automation solutions to the legal, regulatory and supervisory industries.
Christiana is the President of the CBA’s Technology Committee, a National Delegate to the ISO TC/307 Blockchain Committee actively contributing to Working Group 3 drafting standards on Smart Contracts and to Working Group 6 on Blockchain use cases. She is a member of ITU and has served in ITU-FG-DLTs. She is also a Certified International Legal Project Practitioner (IILPM), a member of the PMI Cyprus Chapter, an approved HRD Trainer, the Ambassador of European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) in Cyprus, and a Digital Transformation Specialist. Christiana is a co-founder, and, until recently, the Vice-Chair of the Cyprus Blockchain Association (CBA) which has recently merged with the Cyprus Blockchain Technologies (CBTs). She is currently a board member of CBTs and holds advisory and directorship positions in technology companies. Christiana is a regular speaker at local and international Law and Technology conferences.
Christiana holds a Bachelor’s in Law from the Kapodistrian University of Athens, three (3) LL.M degrees: 1. in Common Law, 2. International Commercial and Business Law (UEA-UK) and 3. Computers and Telecommunications Law (Queen Mary-UoL). She also holds a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration (Cologne-Germany) and a certificate in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia.
The programme is designed to deliver theoretical knowledge mainly supported by power-point presentations. Participants will also benefit from discussions and a Q&A session at the end of the programme, while they will take away the knowledge gained to be transferred to their workplace.
This programme may be approved for up to 14 CPD units in AML and Financial Regulation. Eligibility criteria and CPD Units are verified directly by your association, regulator or other bodies which you hold membership.
€292.00 – €530.00The above fee is subject to 19% VAT
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Day 1: November 01, 2021 | 09:00-12:45
Day 2: November 03, 2021 | 09:00-12:45
Day 3: November 09, 2021 | 09:00-12:45
Day 4: November 11, 2021 | 09:00-12:45
Start time: 09:00 EEST
End time: 12:45 EEST
Venue: Live Online
Coordinates: 14 | Duration: 14 hrs
Directions: Christiana Aristidou (view the trainer's bio below)