Yesterday, our Co-Founder & CEO, Aidan Larkin, was invited to speak at the sold out 18th Annual International Bar Association (IBA) Anti-Corruption Conference at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Conference Centre in Paris, France. Coming straight from signing a new contract between Asset Reality & the Financial Investigation Unit of the Seychelles, he spoke about crypto regulation at the Crypto and Corruption: Risks and Challenges for Anti-Corruption Compliance panel.
Aidan was joined on the panel by a host of international experts: Britt Biles, a partner at American law firm Womble Bond Dickinson and former Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel, John Egan, CEO of French foresight business L’Atelier BNP Paribas and Britt Mosman, a Partner and Vice-Chair of American law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher and former Attorney-Advisor to the U.S Department of the Treasury. The panel was moderated by Deirdre O’Mahony from the IBA’s Anti-Corruption Committee, a partner at leading Irish law firm Arthur Cox and a founding member of the Irish Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defence Association.
The panel discussed the unique anti-corruption challenges presented by the rapid rise of cryptocurrency; identifying the risks and the necessary approaches to mitigate them from a compliance perspective. They covered the basics of crypto assets and their use in corruption, as well as the implicit need for proper regulation and better protections for victims in the crypto ecosystem.
Similar to the United Nations, the IBA was established in 1947 to help contribute to global stability and peace through the administration of justice. Since then, they’ve evolved beyond the initial group of bar associations and law societies to include entire law firms and even individual lawyers as the world’s foremost international legal organisation. Today, their membership boasts more than 80,000 lawyers and 190 bar associations from more than 170 countries. Their members help to influence the development of international law reform, shaping the future of the legal profession around the world.
Their leading anti-corruption conference has been analysing the global corruption stage for the last 18 years, with this year’s event having a strong focus on the state of the current anti-corruption practices in a post-pandemic world.
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