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Understanding Virtual Currencies: Challenges and Opportunities

29 March 2017, 17:30
RUSI Whitehall
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This event will explore how governments are responding to both the innovative potential and security risks of virtual currencies.

Like any financial product, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be used for criminal purposes; however, they also represent important financial innovations that disrupt traditional notions of how finance can work.

The EU is currently finalising measures to address the money laundering and terrorist financing risks associated with virtual currencies, which is set to come into effect in the UK and other member states later this year.

By discussing common misperceptions and providing an update on the latest developments, this event will inform beginners about this new technology, while providing experts and practitioners with important considerations. The event coincides with a forthcoming RUSI publication examining the challenges of regulating virtual currencies. 

Speakers for this event will include:

  • David Carlisle, Researcher for RUSI and formerly of the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
  • Siân Jones, Founder of COINsult, and Head of EDCAB European Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology Forum. COINsult is a regulatory compliance practice advising startups, enterprise and governments on virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology. EDCAB is a Brussels-based public policy platform helping shape sound policy and regulation by informing EU policymakers, legislators and institutions.
  • Florence Keen, Research Analyst within the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at RUSI 
  • Dr Tom Robinson, Co-founder of Elliptic, a blockchain intelligence company. Elliptic provides anti-money laundering software and forensics services to financial institutions and law enforcement agencies worldwide.

If you have any queries please contact Lieke Bos at

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