Thailand to Curb Money Laundering via Cryptocurrency

Thailand's сryptocurrency exchanges will report their transactions to the country's anti-money laundering agency to curb money laundering
31 January 2018   513

The government of Thailand will step up monitoring of cryptocurrencies by requiring сryptocurrency exchanges to report their transactions to the country's anti-money laundering agency (AMLO). This is reported by The Nation.

Pol Maj-General Romsit Viriyasan, the acting chief of the AMLO, said the agency would amend its law to impose the requirement in order to suppress money-laundering activities using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as media of exchange.

Romsit said the current AMLO law empowered the agency to investigate cases in which illegally obtained money, such as the proceeds of cheating and investment scams, was converted into other assets, while the planned amendment would relate to bitcoin and all other digital currencies.

If there is solid evidence, the agency will also be empowered to freeze all assets arising from illegal activity, pending further investment and prosecution. The AMLO will require people providing digital exchange services to file reports about transactions, with a special focus on people involved in suspicious activities that could be covering up money laundering.

Bitcoin and Ripple, are currently the two most popular units used by criminals to launder money in Thailand. Romsit added that investing in digital currencies carries a high risk because Thailand's law does not recognise them as legal tender, so the public should exercise caution to avoid misleading and cheating tactics.

Blockchain Shift Announces Groundbreaking Event

Inaugural Conference to Shine Spotlight on Miami as Future Crypto Hub of the Americas
25 May 2018   76

It was announced that Miami will host the first-annual Blockchain Shift conference, bringing together leaders from industry, technology, finance and the arts to celebrate the potential of distributed ledgers, crypto currencies and the democratization of finance.

The event will take place from October 11th – 12th, 2018, at Mana Wynwood (318 NW 23rd St, Miami).

Blockchain Shift has already confirmed the participation of key sponsors such as IBM, Tesla, KPMG and Bloomberg; as well as an array of A-list speakers including U.S. Congressmen, City Mayors, federal regulators, billionaire technologists and internationally-renowned celebrities.

The ground is shifting beneath our feet, as technology advancements have disrupted virtually every sector of society. Our event will celebrate these advancements, while bridging the gap between a crypto crowd and more advanced legacy industries that are beginning to understand blockchain is here to stay.
 

Dan Viola 

Attorney, entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Blockchain Shift

Although the event has just publicly announced, it has already made great strides with key attendees and partnerships.

Current partners include:

  • IBM
  • Tesla
  • Bloomberg
  • KPMG
  • tZERO
  • Park Capital
  • Wysh
  • SeriesOne
  • AVYachts
  • Americas Execution, LLC
  • Alchemist
  • BitGo
  • CoinBoost
  • Cohen & Co.
  • Harneys
  • Empire Asset Management Company
  • Joseph Gunnar & Co
  • Shutts & Bowen

A sampling of confirmed speakers include:

  • Congressman Carlos Curbelo
  • Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez
  • Alchemist Co-Founder Steve Neyaroff
  • Chris Ferris of Hyperledger
  • Emma Channing from Satis
  • financier and political consultant Anthony Scaramucci
  • Mayor of Coral Gables Raul Valdes-Fauli

Blockchain Shift will place an equal emphasis on quality of experience, with curated sponsor events, yacht excursions, unparalleled networking and a night of electronic dance music with some of the world’s best-known DJs. Furthermore, the event will provide much-needed white glove service, offering a concierge app, accepting crypto for tickets and sponsorships, delivering badges pre-registered to the hotel, curating excellent food options and preventing inconveniences such as long lines.

This event will serve as a catalyst to put Miami on the blockchain map. We believe quality content and having fun should not be mutually-exclusive, and that’s what Miami is all about. The gorgeous weather, interesting people, favorable tax rates and friendly political climate are the perfect ingredients to make our city a Crypto Hub, and Blockchain Shift aims to celebrate this bright future.
 

Alex Lopatine

Managing Partner, Park Capital and Co-Founder, Blockchain Shift

The event set-up will feature a main stage for keynote addresses, panel discussions and fireside chats; with topics ranging from Crypto Hedge Funds, Crypto Broker-Dealers, and Blockchain Solutions for Wall Street, Real Estate and Art, combined with a current look at SEC, FINRA and FinCen regulations. A second stage for ICOs to present to accredited investors and receive general marketing and legal feedback. Finally, an exhibitor space will serve as a place for engagement, networking and learning with unique lounge-style seating that will be equipped with Bloomberg terminals and a live television broadcast so that attendees can stay abreast of the markets and not miss the presentations on the main stage.

To learn more, purchase tickets, or explore our sponsorship opportunities, visit BlockchainShift.io

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