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2023 Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Programme


This introductory level training will take place over 2 x 2-hour virtual webinars on the 23 & 24 November 2023.



Part 1 - Thursday 23 November 2023

  • Introduction to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

    • What are crypto currencies?

    • How does a blockchain work?

    • Public & private keys

    • ‘Hot’ & ‘Cold’ wallets

    • Custody providers

  • Production & Storage of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain assets

    • Cryptocurrency ‘mining’

    • Smart contracts

  • Decentralised Finance (DeFi), Tokens and NFTs

    • What is Decentralised Finance (DeFi)?

    • Dapps

    • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

    • Non-Fungible Tokens


Part 2 - Friday 24 November 2023

  • A Recap on the mechanics of virtual assets

  • Financial Crime Considerations

    • Darknet markets

    • Typologies for virtual currency money laundering

    • Case studies

  • Virtual assets and sanctions

    • Regulatory risks

    • Recent case studies

  • Terrorism financing observations

    • Observations and evolving typologies

  • The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - Virtual Assets update

    • The international view on digital assets and AML/CFT compliance expectations

  • Achieving effective risk management

    • A look at some of the resources that can assist in risk management



Ross Savage

Expert Trainer at the School of International Financial Services


Ross is an experienced freelance financial crime consultant and professional trainer with over 20 years of experience.  As an ex Detective and Accredited Financial Investigator, Ross initially focused on conducting money laundering investigations and stripping the illegally obtained assets of organised criminals. 

Ross spent part of his operational career working for the UK National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit (NTFIU). Working closely with government & industry partners, he led terrorist finance operations and supported work on domestic and international sanctions investigations. During this time, Ross was part of a small training team that delivered bespoke, tailored training in Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Sanctions Compliance to overseas partners in the Middle East. For part of the time Ross worked within UK counter-terrorism, he was seconded to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). Here, he provided specialist CFT/AML & sanctions expertise, travelling to Afghanistan, the United States and across Europe. 

Outside of UK law enforcement, Ross has previously held the title of Global Lead for Sanctions Compliance Training for the International Compliance Association, and is a visiting expert and trainer for several other financial crime and sanctions compliance training companies.

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