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AFB Seminar: The Future Regulation of Cryptoassets

The AFB is delighted to partner with Simmons & Simmons LLP who will offer an insight into the key regulatory developments around cryptoassets and managing related legal risks.

This in-person seminar will include a networking breakfast for AFB members.

This seminar will cover the following:

  • a look at the recent regulatory developments relating to cryptoassets;
  • consider where cryptoasset-related risks may arise for banks that are not directly engaged in cryptoasset business;
  • consider what some of the key risks for banks engaging directly in cryptoasset business may be; 
  • look to the future in terms of the long-term regulation of cryptoassets

Why attend?

Interest in cryptoassets has grown dramatically in recent years and many financial institutions are now considering entering the market. This is converging with increasing regulation and understanding of how English law principles will apply to cryptoassets. Nevertheless, there remain significant risks and uncertainties associated with the sector, which this seminar will explore. 

What will members gain for use Back@Bank?

  • A good understanding of the present and future state of cryptoasset regulation.     
  • Identification of some of the key legal risks associated with cryptoasset business.


Elizabeth Williams, Partner

Elizabeth is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice in London. She represents a variety of financial institutions in high-value disputes and contentious regulatory investigations. Most recently, Elizabeth managed the team acting for Grant Thornton UK LLP in the successful defence of the claims brought against it by Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz, for which the team won, The Lawyer Litigation Team of the Year 2019, the Legal Business Commercial Litigation Team of the Year 2019 and the Legal Week Banking Litigation Team of the Year 2019.

Rosali Pretorius, Partner

Rosali is a partner in our financial services regulation group, which forms part of our financial markets practice in London. She has more than 20 years’ experience advising users and providers of financial market infrastructure, banks, broker-dealers, and other regulated entities.

Doug Robinson, Managing Associate

Douglas is a Managing Associate in the contentious regulatory, crime and competition practice. He specialises in complex, high-value disputes, including litigation, regulatory investigations, and internal investigations. He acts for clients across a range of sectors with a particular focus on crypto, FinTech and banking. Douglas is also experienced in handling litigation with parallel regulatory proceedings and enforcement actions by multiple regulators

Devina Shah, Supervising Associate

Devina is a supervising associate in the Litigation & Arbitration practice group. She acts on a range of high-value commercial disputes across a number of sectors, including finance and technology. She has a particular interest in digital assets, including cryptocurrencies. Much of her work involves multiple jurisdictions, notably the Middle East and Asia.


Cost:           Included in AFB membership (no fee)

Location:     In-Person at Simmons & Simmons,

                   Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker St, London, EC2Y 9SS

Date:          Wednesday 6 July 2022

Time:          09:00 – 10:15. Registration and light refreshments from 08:30

This seminar is limited to 150 attendees.

There will be ample opportunity for questions throughout the session, however, if you would like to submit a question before or have any specific questions or areas that you would like the session to address, please send them to the AFB at as soon as practicable. You will receive details on how to join the session a few days before the event.