The 5th Global Conference on Criminal Finances and Cryptocurrencies, a joint initiative of the Basel Institute on Governance, INTERPOL and Europol, will take place on 7–8 December 2021.

Hosted virtually this year by the Basel Institute through its International Centre for Asset Recovery, the annual conference gathers cryptocurrency experts, investigators and other law enforcement representatives from around the world.

The aim is to increase the capabilities of all relevant actors to successfully investigate and prosecute crimes in which virtual assets are involved, as well as manage related risks to companies and national/global financial systems.

The conferences help to create a network of practitioners and experts who can collectively establish best practices and provide assistance and recommendations in this fast-evolving field.

The annual conference is an initiative of the Working Group on Cryptocurrencies and Criminal Finances, established by the Basel Institute on Governance, INTERPOL and Europol in 2014.


  • Date: 7–8 December 2021 (8 December restricted to law enforcement and related public authorities only; attendance subject to confirmation)
  • Time: 12:00–15:30 GMT (13:00–16:30 CET, 08:00–11:30 EST, 20:00–23:30 SGT)
  • Language: English
  • Target sectors: Law enforcement and police investigation divisions, judicial authorities, Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) and global/regional anti-money laundering bodies. The first day is also open to private entities including virtual asset service providers (VASPs), banks, law firms and academia.

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