The UAE Abu Dhabi Judicial department held the Fifth Abu Dhabi Justice Partners Forum and discussed virtual currency laws in regards to money laundering and terrorist financing. The forum discussed how legal professionals can fight these crimes in accordance to UAE legislation and international best practices.

Topics on the table included the definition and risks associated with virtual currencies, the relationship between blockchain technology and these currencies, and the potential impact of virtual currencies on the global economy.

Also discussed was deceptive techniques used in money laundering and terrorist funding, the involvement of regulatory organizations in combating these offenses, and the UAE’s efforts to address money laundering through legislation and international agreements.

The forum specifically focused on money laundering offenses, their elements and background, the obligations placed on financial institutions, business sectors, and non-financial professions in terms of combating money laundering based on national laws, and the connection between virtual currencies and financial crimes.

 Attendees were provided with information about the characteristics of cryptocurrencies and their connection to money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as tactics for identifying suspicious transactions involving virtual currencies.

The forum highlighted the responsibilities and roles of lawyers and legal experts in combating financial crimes. It specifically emphasized the importance of finding a middle ground between client privacy and ethical principles while reporting suspicious criminal activities.

Furthermore, the forum emphasized the significance of conducting due diligence on customers when dealing with virtual currencies and staying informed about the challenges posed by new and advanced technologies.

This Forum and discussions held come after the UAE was taken off FATF (Financial Action Task Force) and is indicative of the UAE’s commitment to combating financial crime.