Last month the EU Parliament passed MiCA — the Markets in Crypto Assets Regulation — after well over two years of debate. MiCA, arguably the world’s most comprehensive legal framework for “crypto-assets” requires crypto-asset service providers (CASPs) to take action related to governance, consumer protection, the environment and anti-money laundering (AML). But the most important piece of MiCA very well could be the creation of a “passportable” license that can be used across the 27 member bloc.
Don’t miss a special TRM Talks on MiCA with the European Commission’s Peter Kerstens in conversation with Ari Redbord and Isabella Chase from TRM's policy team.
Advisor, European Commission
Peter advises on Technological Innovation, Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity at the European Commission’s financial services department. He has lead work on the European Commission’s Fintech Action Plan and Digital Finance Strategy and co-chaired the European Commission’s Fintech Taskforce.
Peter has extensive experience in EU policy and regulation in a wide variety of fields, including single market, financial services, digitalisation, security, foreign policy sanctions, consumer protection as well as health and food safety. Earlier in his career, Peter was Finance Counsellor at the EU Embassy in Washington DC. He has also been a member of the private offices of the commissioner for the internal market and services and the commissioner for health and consumer protection. Before joining the European Commission, Peter advised major corporations on EU policy and regulatory affairs.
He is a Dutch national and holds double magna cum laude master degrees in European affairs and political science from the College of Europe in Bruges and the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Head of Legal and Government Affairs, TRM Labs
Ari Redbord is Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, a blockchain analytics company. Prior to joining TRM Labs, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the United States Department of Treasury. In this capacity, he worked with teams from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other Treasury and interagency components on issues related to sanctions, the Bank Secrecy Act, cryptocurrency, and anti-money laundering strategies.
Previously, Mr. Redbord served as a Senior Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he investigated and prosecuted cases related to cryptocurrency, terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, export control, child exploitation and human trafficking. He has received numerous awards from FinCEN, the FBI, and the United States Attorney's Office, including the Attorney General's Award for leading an interagency task force dedicated to prosecuting those who abuse and exploit children.
Senior Policy Advisor, EMEA, TRM Labs
Prior to joining TRM Labs, Ms. Chase led a research cluster on Financial Crime Futures at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), which was tasked with assessing the role of technology in compliance, evolving AML and CFT policy frameworks and how inclusive financial integrity can be achieved.
Having dedicated her career thus far to researching innovative policy responses to financial crime, Ms. Chase brings with her to TRM an intricate understanding of the UK and EU regulatory frameworks around financial crime.