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RUSI Financial Crime Insights Podcast - Cryptocurrency Risk, Recovery and Regulations

Since each and every cryptocurrency transaction can be followed across the blockchain, it may seem strange that criminals are using it to launder their ill-gotten gains.

However, a slow response from policymakers and undereducated law enforcement has meant that these bad actors are able to take advantage of the resulting blind spots and loopholes to fund illegal activities like trafficking, terrorism or fraud.

Our co-founder & CEO Aidan Larkin was recently invited to discuss his thoughts on this subject in the latest episode of the Financial Crime Insights Podcast from the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS) at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

The conversation was led by Scott Chipolina, a digital assets correspondent from the Financial Times, and featured international experts David Carlisle, the Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Elliptic, a blockchain analytics company that specialises in security; and Allison Owen, a Research Analyst from the CFCS at RUSI

The three specialists debated the ways in which regulatory bodies, supervisors and law enforcement agencies should be doing more to protect consumers. This included addressing the links between the cryptocurrency ecosystem and the criminal underworld and expanding the knowledge of investigators.

Aidan was thankful for the opportunity to discuss the many challenges that are currently being faced by asset recovery professionals working in cryptocurrency around the world:

“I was delighted to be invited back to the CFCS RUSI podcast to chat about the risks and opportunities in crypto asset recovery. At Asset Reality, we’re obsessed with making the crypto ecosystem safer for users and these types of discussions are vital for raising awareness of the scale of the problem.”

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is the world’s oldest independent think tank on international defence and security, having been founded in 1831. They aim to inform, influence and enhance public debate on a safer and more stable world. A research-led institute, they produce independent, practical and innovative analyses to address the complex challenges of the modern world.

Since its creation in 2014, the CFCS has been studying the intersection between illicit financial flows and security, delivering groundbreaking research to tackle the challenges in the international world of illicit finance.

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