Cryptoassets and financial crime

A European Union perspective

Authored by: Robby Houben , Alexander Snyers

The Routledge Handbook of FinTech

Print publication date:  June  2021
Online publication date:  June  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367263591
eBook ISBN: 9780429292903
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This chapter elaborates on the use of crypto-assets for financial crime. It scrutinizes the challenges crypto-assets bring from the perspective of combating money laundering and terrorist financing and dives deeper into the regulatory responses developed within the European Union (EU) to tackle those challenges. It shows that the first EU regulatory framework relating to money laundering and terrorist financing via crypto-assets is already insufficient to deal with the current reality in the crypto-space and requires several amendments to align it with international standards.

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