In early February, we heard that Bitcoin’s price had reached an all-time high, following news that Tesla had bought about $1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency. However, with the increasing popularity of cryptoassets in legitimate circles also comes their burgeoning use in the criminal underworld. Criminals have been quick to exploit their pseudo-anonymous nature, online accessibility and global reach to launder ill-gotten gains.
Cognisant of these trends, governments and regulators have began to seriously address the risks associated with the cryptoasset market. In this briefing note, we explore both the latest criminal techniques and emerging anti-money laundering regulation in the cryptoasset space.