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CARIN: Regional Asset Recovery Networks Meeting

Last month our Co-Founder & CEO, Aidan Larkin, was invited to give a presentation on crypto asset recovery in Europol HQ in The Hague, the iconic home of the U.N.’s International Court of Justice in the Netherlands. Aidan’s presentation was a part of the Camden Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network (CARIN)’s Regional Asset Recovery Networks meeting, chaired by CARIN Secretariat, Marcella Berkel. He explained the unique challenges of recovering virtual assets like cryptocurrencies and NFTs across international borders to the gathered group of asset recovery professionals from all four corners of the world. He delivered his informative program to representatives of the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Networks in Asia Pacific (ARIN-AP), Eastern Africa (ARIN-EA), Southern Africa (ARIN-SA), Western Africa (ARIN-WA), West and Central Asia (ARIN-WCA) and the Caribbean (ARIN-CARIB); as well as leading experts from Red de Recuperación de Activos de GAFILAT (RRAG), the European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC), the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the EU Commission and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). CARIN was launched in 2004 to provide a platform for asset recovery practitioners from both law enforcement and the judicial courts to discuss the best practices, legal frameworks and operational challenges in all aspects of asset recovery. While they are not a legal body themselves, they provide support to a wide network of international professionals throughout the entire process from the tracing, freezing and seizure all the way to the management, forfeiture and sale of stolen assets. Their multi-agency efforts aim to increase the effectiveness of asset recovery around the world, helping to reduce the number of criminals benefitting from illicit financial flows and improving results for both victims and creditors alike. Aidan was thrilled to be invited back to The Hague to deliver more crypto-focused training after the success of his previous session with the Dutch Police last May: “I was delighted to be back in Europol to chat about crypto asset recovery with such a fantastic delegation of law enforcement practitioners, prosecutors and strategic partners covering an incredible 174 countries. It was a pleasure to finally meet so many people that I’ve only ever seen on a zoom call and reconnect with some familiar faces."

"Asset Reality is proud to support these vitally important informal asset recovery networks that help victims of fraud and share best practices. The work being done around the world by these incredibly dedicated people is inspirational and often doesn’t get the credit it deserves.”

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