Broadcast Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2022
from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)


The growing market participation in digital asset transactions further drives governmental scrutiny, particularly in anti-money laundering enforcement involving cryptocurrencies. Recognizing the opportunities and risks presented by the tremendous growth of cryptocurrency, the Biden administration has issued an Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets. The DOJ, with its new crypto crime-fighting enforcement team, also continuously expands its efforts to ramp up the prosecution of crypto-related offenses.

However, the applicable regulatory framework and the classification of cryptocurrency as a security, commodity, or currency remains unclear despite the ongoing developmental focus.

Join a panel of key thought leaders and distinguished professionals organized by The Knowledge Group as they provide a comprehensive discussion of anti-money laundering enforcement trends involving cryptocurrencies. Speakers, among other things, will also offer practical tips and strategies for transacting digital assets amidst legal uncertainties and unclear regulatory guidelines.

Key topics include:

  • Crypto-Related Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement Updates
  • Understanding the Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets
  • The DOJ’s New Crypto Crime-Fighting Task Force
  • Best Practices for Transacting Digital Assets Amidst Legal Uncertainties
  • What Lies Ahead

Learning ObjectiveS:

  • Understand the latest anti-money laundering (AML) policies and enforcement initiatives concerning cryptocurrencies.
  • Identify legal and regulatory considerations for digital asset management.
  • Determine strategies and best practices for digital asset transactions and AML compliance amid legal uncertainties.


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE); Group-Internet Based



General knowledge of cryptocurrency and AML laws


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


NASBA Field of Study:

Business Law – Technical


Total Credits:

1.5 CLE

1.5 CPE (Not eligible for QAS (On-demand) CPE credit)

Speaker Panel:

Jaco Sadie, Senior Managing Director
F T I Consulting

Mr. Sadie is a senior managing director at FTI Consulting and provides financial crime related compliance and investigative services to financial institutions, cryptocurrency firms, FinTechs and regulators, specializing in AML/BSA compliance and reviews, sanctions related projects and fraud investigations. He has led “look-back” transaction reviews to identify suspicious activity, OFAC sanctions programs reviews, compliance testing of AML/BSA programs, and AML training. He has served as a monitor or independent consultant for financial institutions relating to consent orders issued by regulatory bodies. He has spoken at venues about AML best practices and has been designated as a testifying expert in matters that involve AML and sanctions issues. Mr. Sadie has lived and practiced in the United States, Luxembourg and South Africa.

Addison B. Thompson, Partner
Covington & Burling LLP

Addison is a white collar partner in Covington’s San Francisco office and counsels clients across a range of financial crime compliance and enforcement issues, including government-facing investigations and risk assessments. He draws upon his prior experience as a DOJ prosecutor to help clients navigate complex investigations and compliance issues. Among other AML-related matters that he has handled, Addison obtained a declination from DOJ, and no action from all other relevant U.S. regulators, in connection with a recent, multi-billion-dollar international AML investigation.

Tilcia Toledo, Senior Managing Director
F T I Consulting

Tilcia Toledo is a Senior Managing Director in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment and is based in Washington, D.C. As a member of the Financial Services practice, Ms. Toledo specializes in risk management, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and litigation support.

Ms. Toledo brings over 25 years of financial services experience in investment banking, regulatory compliance and consulting to deliver valuable solutions to national and global financial institutions including traditional banks, money services businesses and fintech/cryptocurrency companies. She leads the delivery of remediation efforts of financial institutions seeking to comply with regulatory corrective actions, including consent orders.

Ms. Toledo serves as the risk management subject matter expert on monitorships related to non-compliance with Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”), Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) regulations. She reviews relevant risk assessment reports and provides guidance aligned with regulatory expectations.


Jaco Sadie, Senior Managing Director

F T I Consulting


Addison B. Thompson, Partner

Covington & Burling LLP


Tilcia Toledo, Senior Managing Director

F T I Consulting

  • Setting the stage
    • Discussion of overall statistics relating to use and misuse of cryptocurrencies
  • How are regulators responding?
    • Many regulations and initiatives are already here. Examples include:
      • 2022 White House Executive Order
      • DOJ’s National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET)
      • FBI’s Formation of the Virtual Asset Exploitation Unit (VAXU)
    •  Enforcement is on the upswing. Case studies:
      • Prosecution of individuals involved in 2016 hack of Bitfinex
      • Prosecution of former employee of OpenSea
  • Where are we headed?
    • Additional regulations coming
    • Discussion of drivers, such as:
      • Sanctions and broader AML efforts to combat kleptocrats
      • Intersection of ransomware and crypto
  • What is the practical impact?
    • Crypto AML compliance – its more than just risky addresses
      • The growth of crypto business/product offering and compliance not keeping pace
      • The heavy reliance on third-party vendors for the execution of compliance function and the need to conduct testing
      • Building out a risk-based transaction monitoring system that looks beyond just risky wallet addresses
      • Ensuring that data feeds to systems (including third-party systems) are complete and accurate

Date & Time:

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • AML/BSA Lawyers
  • Banking & Finance Lawyers
  • Corporate Lawyers
  • White-Collar Lawyers
  • Chief AML Officers
  • AML Compliance Managers and Officers
  • Cryptocurrency Companies Executives
  • Investment Managers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Finance Risk Management Officers
  • Financial Crime Attorneys
  • Financial Crime Analysts
  • Fraud Monitoring Officers
  • General Counsel
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Jaco SadieSenior Managing Director
F T I Consulting
Addison B. ThompsonPartner
Covington & Burling LLP
Tilcia ToledoSenior Managing Director
F T I Consulting



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