5th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies

07 - 08 December 2021
  • Conference
  • Seminar

The 5th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies, a joint initiative of the Basel Institute on Governance, INTERPOL and Europol, will take place on 7–8 December 2021.

Hosted virtually this year by the Basel Institute through its International Centre for Asset Recovery, the annual conference gathers cryptocurrency experts, investigators and other law enforcement representatives from around the world.

The aim is to increase the capabilities of all relevant actors to successfully investigate and prosecute crimes in which virtual assets are involved, as well as manage related risks to companies and national/global financial systems.

The conferences help to create a network of practitioners and experts who can collectively establish best practices and provide assistance and recommendations in this fast-evolving field. The annual conference is an initiative of the Working Group on Cryptocurrencies and Criminal Finances, established by the Basel Institute on Governance, INTERPOL and Europol in 2014.


(Registration is required for this conference)

Day 1: 7 December, 12:00–15:30 GMT
Open to all, this day is dedicated to contrasting perspectives on virtual assets, regulation and compliance from the public and private sectors, media and regulatory bodies. Topics include:

  • the challenges posed by decentralised finance for identifying and tracing suspicious cryptocurrency transactions;
  • what media investigations reveal about how criminals launder the proceeds of crime using cryptocurrencies;
  • changing scenarios of compliance with AML regulations relating to VASPs.

Please click on the links below to register:

Day 2: 8 December, 12:00–15:30 GMT

Limited to law enforcement and related public authorities, the second day is an opportunity to explore the changing modi operandi of criminals abusing the cryptocurrency ecosystem to hide and launder money, and how law enforcement can fight back.

Please click on the links below to register:


07 - 08 December 2021