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    The Criminal Side of Cryptocurrency


    For many, the world of virtual assets and criminality is a murky one, and this Toronto Compliance & AML Events (TCAE) Knowledge Series session will be dedicated to bringing some clarity to that world. Have you ever wondered how cryptocurrencies are being exploited for illicit purposes, and why the technology is so appealing to illicit actors? How much money is laundered through cryptocurrency? Explore these questions and more with subject matter experts Melanie Lefebvre and Fara Fallah who will also be discussing the criminal activity found in the industry, and the trends and laundering techniques used by criminals.

    Learning Outcomes

    • How criminals take advantage of cryptocurrencies
    • Why criminals find cryptocurrencies appealing
    • 2019 and 2020 industry trends in criminal activity
    • Cryptocurrency investigations to fight against human exploitation
    • Q&A

    Why The Knowledge Series Premium Session?

    • Unique topics and detailed sessions
    • Extended time for Q&A
    • Receive the recording of the session
    • Receive a PDF of presentation slides & further read handout
    • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion once they pass the Knowledge Test


    Melanie Lefebvre, AML Investigator & Consultant | Bitfinex Melanie Lefebvre is a Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Investigator and consultant with a specialization in virtual assets and blockchain technology. She currently consults as an independent contractor for Bitfinex, one of the world’s largest Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASP) and has previously held roles with other regulated VASPs and money service businesses. Melanie is also the Virtual Asset Program Director for the Toronto Chapter of the ACFCS, and is a frequent speaker, author, and instructor on virtual assets and its AML application to various audiences. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), as well as a Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP). Fara Fallah, Compliance Consultant | Bitfinex Fara Fallah is a Compliance Professional currently consulting Bitfinex Exchange and volunteering with the Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII). Previously, Fara has held various roles within traditional banking focusing on Fraud Prevention, Anti-Money Laundering, and was a Sanctions Analyst at Toronto Dominion Canada Trust (TD Bank) where she supported sanctions and ABAC (Anti-Bribery and Corruption) controls to mitigate inherent associated risks. Fara is a York University graduate with a degree in Psychology, and her professional certifications include Certified Global Sanctions Specialist (CGSS), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP).


    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 21 2021


    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    CAD 15
    Toronto Compliance & AML Events


    Toronto Compliance & AML Events