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    Crypto Assets: Understanding Risk in a Virtual World

    About this Event

    What is risk? And what does risk look like in the context of a virtual asset? The crypto industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace and reveal to us types of technology that we have never seen before. So how do we go about understanding the risk of a virtual asset, and what types of questions can compliance professionals be asking to better understand this? If you are interested in learning more about virtual assets, their history, and how you can apply your AML knowledge to better understand what risk really looks like in this space, this session, featuring speaker Giles Dixon, is for you!

    Learning Outcomes

    • Gain an understanding of the history of virtual assets, what they are, and how they have evolved over time;
    • Understand the regulatory landscape as it pertains to virtual assets, and what different jurisdictions are talking about in terms of the need to understand and assess the risk of virtual assets;
    • How you can apply critical thinking skills and your current understanding of financial crime risk, to the evolving field of virtual assets.


    Giles Dixon, Senior Manager, Financial Services and Virtual Asset Advisory | Grant Thornton Giles works in Grant Thornton’s Financial Services and Virtual Asset Risk Advisory Practice and brings with him an international consulting and anti-money laundering risk advisory background. He regularly provides consulting to a range of financial institutions and organizations operating in the virtual asset space including virtual currency exchanges, BTM operators, and others, advising clients at all levels of the organizational hierarchy. Giles’ experience includes AML and financial crime risk management compliance and transformation, as well as experience in program and operating model design, process improvement, cost optimization and strategic advisory to the C-suite.


    Souzan Esmaili, Compliance & AML Consultant | Founder, TCAE Souzan Esmaili has over 14 years of international experience in consultancy and training with a focus on Regulatory Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Bribery and Corruption and RegTech. She worked for various financial institutions and consultancies in Dubai and Toronto. She is currently working with one of the international banks in Toronto and covering the Anti-Bribery and Corruption program for Canada and Latin America. Prior to moving to Canada, Souzan worked as a senior consultant and assisted her clients to understand their compliance needs, advised on meeting regulatory requirements and managed a multitude of remediation projects. She has acted as the Compliance Officer and MLRO for a number of firms regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and advised extensively on matters related to Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). In October 2019, Souzan created Toronto Compliance and AML Events (TCAE) with a passion to help the AML and Compliance professionals to connect and inform them of relevant events based in Toronto. In March 2020, Souzan launched The Knowledge Series where she brings international industry experts and thought leaders to share their knowledge and experience with the AML and Compliance professionals around the world. Souzan holds an MBA from the American University of Sharjah, a Post Graduate Diploma in GRC from Manchester Business School (UK), a Certified Anti Money Launder Specialist (CAMS) and FinTech Program certificate from Oxford University (UK).

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    Sep 25 2021


    10:00 am - 11:00 am


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