Navigating Crypto Regulation and Travel Rule Compliance in MEA

  • Chloe Chen

    Chloe Chen

    Compliance Strategic Initiatives Lead at GTR

    Chloe is a seasoned compliance executive and trained lawyer (both in Australian and China) with experience in finance, crypto and products. She worked in a leading law firm and acted for major banks before joining the fintech world. She worked as a compliance executive in several leading crypto companies and now is working as global compliance strategic initiatives in Binance.

  • Kokila Alagh

    Kokila Alagh

    Founder of KARM Legal Consultants

    Kokila Alagh, a trailblazing Technology and Corporate lawyer in the Middle East with nearly two decades of experience. She’s shaped legal policies for global corporations, government bodies, and startups, and is a recognized thought leader in sectors like Virtual Assets, Web3, Gaming, and AI. Kokila’s unique blend of legal expertise, financial insight, and entrepreneurial spirit led her to found KARM Legal Consultants, now the go-to firm for emerging tech. She’s actively involved in the MENA Fintech Association, Arab Monetary Fund Fintech Working Group, and Dubai Digital Asset Association, and proudly serves as the Regional Ambassador for the Association for Women in Cryptocurrency. Her excellence is celebrated by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 EMEA, and she’s been honoured with awards like MENA Super 50 Lawyers, Best Technology Lawyer in MENA, and Top 20 CEOs in the MENA crypto space. Kokila is a dynamic force in the evolving world of tech law.

  • Samir Safar-Aly

    Samir Safar-Aly

    MENA Fintech & AI Lead at Baker & McKenzie

    Samir has over 10 years experience as an English qualified lawyer in Dubai, covering the wider Middle East, with a dedicated focus on financial regulation, financial crime, sanctions and FinTech. Having a background of both law and computer science he has advised start-ups, BigTech, financial institutions, VCs, PEs, and asset managers. He regularly advises governments across the Middle East, Africa and Asia on policy and regulatory reform, conducts AML-related investigations across the Middle East. He is Regulatory Counsel at the international law firm Baker McKenzie, where leads the Middle East FinTech & AI practice. He is also Co-Chair of the Policy & Regulations Working Group for the MENA FinTech Association and a mentor at the DIFC Innovation Centre.

  • Anastasia Sakharova

    Anastasia Sakharova

    Head of the Fintech Compliance Team at Sumsub

    Anastasia has been a part of Sumsub since 2021. She is an ICA certified specialist in financial crime risk in cryptocurrencies. Her expertise and specialisation are in crypto and AML/CFT compliance.

  • Ilya Brovin

    Ilya Brovin

    Chief Growth Officer at Sumsub

    Ilya Brovin joined Sumsub in 2021 and was appointed as Chief Growth Officer in 2023. Ilya has over 20 years of experience in finance and private equity, having previously worked at such firms as Hellman & Friedman, Eton Park and Morgan Stanley. He has vast experience working with tech and financial services companies as an investor and board member/ observer. At Sumsub, Ilya is responsible for growth and strategy, including key sales, strategic partnerships, fundraising, investor relations and M&A. Ilya holds a degree in Economics & Finance and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently lives in London, UK, where one of Sumsub’s international offices is located. Ilya has been featured on NBC Chicago TV Channel, in BBC Sounds and PayPod podcast, as well as quoted and interviewed by industry-leading media outlets such as CoinDesk, FinTech Magazine, FinanceFeeds among others.

  • Jack Wong

    Jack Wong

    Global BD at GTR

  • Date

    27 August

  • Time

    1 p.m. CEST / 3 p.m. GST

Recent FATF assessments in the MEA region show mixed results for AML/CFT compliance in relation to virtual assets, including the Travel Rule, with only a small percent of jurisdictions meeting the criteria fully. 

At the same time, nations like the  UAE, Bahrain and South Africa are embracing virtual assets, creating a dynamic regulatory environment that could set precedents for others. Still, the broader MEA region struggles with uniform application of the FATF’s guidelines. 

Join us to  learn how MEA’s changing regulatory frameworks will impact your operations and overall strategy. This webinar will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by  FATF Standards, including the Travel Rule. We’ll bring together industry experts and technology providers to give you a clear picture of what’s happening now and what to expect in the future.

Topics covered:
– Overview of virtual asset regulations in the MEA region.
– Understanding the Travel Rule and implementation challenges.
– Case studies on the Travel Rule in the MEA region and best practices for compliance.
– The future of crypto regulations in the MEA region.

– Chloe Chen, Compliance Strategic Initiatives Lead at GTR
– Kokila Alagh, Founder of KARM Legal Consultants
– Samir Safar-Aly, Senior Counsel, Financial Regulation, Compliance & Investigations (MENA-wide), MENA Fintech & AI Lead at Baker & McKenzie
– Anastasia Sakharova, Head of the Fintech Compliance Team at Sumsub
– Ilya Brovin, Chief Growth Officer at Sumsub

– Jack Wong, Global BD at GTR

This session is highly recommended for VASPs, crypto asset managers, compliance consultants, and legal professionals looking to navigate the complexities of FATF compliance and understand the evolving regulatory frameworks in the MEA region.

All participants joining us online will receive a certificate of attendance. Register now to secure your spot and stay ahead in the ever-changing world of crypto.

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