Identifying Emerging Risks Associated with Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currencies

  • When: May 17, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
  • Level: All

Once a Miami-Dade judge ruled last year that bitcoin is not actually money or “tangible wealth” and dismissed related money laundering charges, AML professionals around the world began to debate the decision, as it appeared to offer criminals a loophole. As a result, Florida lawmakers collaborated with Miami-Dade cyber-crimes prosecutors in an effort to draft new legislation that would make sure criminals would not find safe harbor in utilizing virtual currencies. This new legislation appears to offer a roadmap to financial institutions and governments across the world that have struggled to understand and regulate bitcoin. As the popularity of bitcoin and virtual currencies continues to expand, join this panel of experts as they detail how to protect your institution from associated emerging risks.

Learning Objectives

  • Detailing the latest trends in bitcoin transactions flows, operational and regulatory challenges related to virtual currencies
  • Creating and implementing an effected risk-based oversight of bitcoin and other virtual currencies
  • Reviewing recent cases and real-life activities of virtual currencies to anticipate emerging impacts on transaction monitoring, transparency and other AML issues

Who Should Attend

  • AML/CTF Officers
  • Banking Technology Specialists
  • On-boarding and Relationship Managers
  • Fintech Representatives


  • Banking
  • MSB
  • Auditing
  • FinTech
  • Global


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Maria Potapov
  • Maria Potapov

  • Partner
  • Stratis Advisory


Yvonne Gilbert
  • Yvonne Gilbert

  • Director of Financial Crimes
  • New York State Police

Joseph Mari
  • Joseph A. Mari, CAMS

  • Director of External Partnerships, Financial Crimes Risk Management
  • Scotiabank


Joseph Mari is the Director of External Partnerships in the Global Risk Management Division of Scotiabank. In this role Mr. Mari develops strategic partnerships aimed at further advancing the organization’s mission on mitigating financial crimes.

Mr. Mari forges and maintains relationships with external stakeholders and authorities that seek to strengthen Scotia’s commitment to corporate responsibility initiatives, such as public/private partnerships. Additionally, Mr. Mari has served as the lead coordinator for the anti-human trafficking public/private partnership, Project Protect, since its creation in 2015. He also serves as a subject matter expert on virtual assets and currencies with a particular focus on their potential use in financial crimes.