The threat of money laundering in intermediated securities systems and bitcoin transactions

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2017 (EN)
The threat of money laundering in intermediated securities systems and bitcoin transactions (EN)

Paraskevopoulos, Ioannis (EN)

Veneziano, Anna (EN)
Κaisis, Athanasios (EN)
Keijser, Thomas (EN)
School of Economics, Business Administration and Legal Studies, Executive MBA (EN)

This dissertation was written as part of Master of Science (MSc) i n Transnational and European Commercial Law, Mediation, Arbitration and Energy Law at the International Hellenic University. This dissertation notes the vulnerability of intermediated holding systems and bitcoin transactions to money laundering activities. It explains why the inherent features of the intermediated holding system are not in principle compatible with compliance procedures that would make investors’ identities easily accessible at every tier of the holding chain for authorities engaged in fighting money laundering. It supports the proposition for a central register, within the existing framework of intermediated holding systems, where investors’ identities will be recorded. Finally, accepts as necessary the Commissions’ proposals for amendments to the 4th Money Laundering Directive, assessing that a totally unregulated trade in bitcoin would offer a vast field of action to criminals engaged in money laundering. Foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Thomas Keijser for the academic guidance he provided me with for the purpose of writing this dissertation. His support has been invaluable in the true sense of the word. Moreover, his deep knowledge in the scientific field of intermediated securities combined with his patience, motivation and kindness, helped me conclude my work in the most optimal way. I could not have imagined having a better advisor and mentor for my thesis. (EN)


Money Laundering (EN)

Διεθνές Πανεπιστήμιο της Ελλάδος (EL)
International Hellenic University (EN)



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