Blockchain and Financial Crime Prevention Risks and Opportunities

GACO is delighted to invite you to this practical workshop. Addressing key issues on technology, law, regulation, internal controls and criminal typologies, the programme aims to help get delegates beneath the high fence of tech-jargon and incomprehensible blockchain diagrams, so as to truly understand the basic principles of this break-through technology, how it works, what it can be used for and what the implications are - now and in the future - for the working roles which they perform.

Date: Wednesday 17th October 2018
Time: from 08.30 am
Venue: Sunborn Yacht Hotel Price: £95 for GACO Members/ £110 for Non-Members

All bookings are made subject to GACO's usual terms and conditions, which can be found on our website. GACO reserve the right to change the programme or the speakers without prior notice.


Chaired by Tim Parkman, Managing Director, Lessons Learned Ltd

08.30 - 09.00 Registration and coffee
09.00 - 10.00 Blockchain: The Basics- Tim Parkman, Will Sinclair and Rob Gaskell
10.00 - 10.45 Case Studies: Opportunity and Risk - Javi Triay and Philip Vazquez
10.45 - 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.45 Blockchain and the World of Cybercrime - Peter O'Doherty
11.45 - 12.30 AML Issues with ICOs and DLTSPs- Claire Cummings
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.15 Gibraltar and the Wider Regulatory Framework - Siân Jones
14.15 - 14.45 Q&A session with the Speakers

International Speakers

Tim Parkman, Managing Director, Lessons Learned Ltd

Tim is a lawyer and consultant and the author of “Countering Terrorist Finance: A Training Handbook for Financial Services” (Ashgate) and “Mastering Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing” (Financial Times). He has extensive experience in managing Fraud, Corruption, AML, CFT and Workplace Ethics Risks and regularly runs in-house workshops and seminars on behalf of clients.

Rob Gaskell, Chief Operating Officer, The Pillar Project Foundation

Rob is the President of the Pillar Project Foundation, a fully funded organisation building an open source solution for everyone to take back control of their data. Rob is also a Co-founder of '2030', undertaking projects for the creation of the decentralized, networked world that will be mainstream by 2030 and a Director of the Blockchain Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Will Sinclair, Managing Director, STS Commercial

Will has a background in software development and system design. Before starting his own software business, he worked at BAE

Systems within a systems integration role, gluing distributed defence systems together with software. He is an EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, a Computer Science alumnus of Cardiff University and describes blockchain as “technology so advanced it must have come from the future”!

Javi Triay, Associate Financial Services, Triay & Triay

Javi has assisted in developing the firm's Fintech practice, providing regulatory, operational, passporting and distribution advice in relation to traditional financial services firms and entities. More recently he has been involved advising clients on the establishment of crypto funds using the experienced investor fund regime, ICOs and DLT providers seeking to become licenced under the DLT regulations.

Philip Vasquez, Associate, TSN Law

Philip joined TSN in October 2015 having previously worked for a financial technology company in London where he was involved in operations and the legal management of the business. He has a wide commercial practice, with an emphasis on new and growing businesses and technology, particularly in the distributed ledger technology and fintech space.

Peter O'Doherty, Detective Chief Superintendant, City of London Police

Pete joined the City of London police in 2005 after graduating in Cyber and Mathematics and, soon achieved the highest arrest rate for operational policing. He is now Head of Crime, Cyber and Counter Terrorism for the City of London Police. Prior to this, he was Director of Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, (the UK's central fraud and cybercrime intelligence hub).

Claire Cummings, Founder, Cummings Law

Claire Cummings has over 20 years' experience in financial services acting for funds, fund managers, brokers and distributors. Her work includes advising on FCA, AIFMD, MiFID II and EMIR issues, advising on cypto-currencies, token issues/ICOs, setting up funds and drafting fund documentation, acting for brokers, negotiating derivative documentation, setting up fund managers and drafting shareholder and limited liability partnership agreements.

Siân Jones, Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Seconded to the GFSC, Siân leads on DLT policy within the Risk and Innovation team where she advises Government and GFSC leadership on virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology. She leads the European Digital Currency and BlockchainTechnology Forum, as well as sitting on ISO's technical committee on DLT and being a member of its Governance and Smart Contracts groups and the BSI's mirror committee. Siân continues to head COINsult, a regulatory strategy consultancy


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Member Benefits

✔ Latest compliance laws and regulations updates
✔ Certification and training
✔ 10% Discount on course and training costs
✔ 10% Discount for events and conferences
✔ Business Networking in Gibraltar
✔ Access to member forums


Contact Information

Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers,

PO Box 1493, Gibraltar