gwp Breakfast Event - Volume 05: FATF Travel Rules

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 from 7:45 to 10:00 a.m. at Loft Five, Europaallee 15, 8004 Zurich



FATF travel rules for digital assets and blockchain-based transactions: What is the Swiss regulatory status?

Pawel Kuskowski, CEO of Coinfirm, will enlighten you on FATF travel rules and recent developments of AML/KYC solutions to monitor blockchain-based transactions. The «travel rule» is a FATF requirement for money transmitters to record identification information on all parties for fund transfers between financial institutions.

Our speakers will further provide you with insights on the current position of regulatory authorities in Switzerland related to transactions on blockchain and the impact of the travel rules for Swiss market participants. Also, you will get insights on how the financial service industry is contemplating various solutions to assist financial intermediaries involved in blockchain-based transactions to identify users on both ends of crypto currency transfers.



7:45   Door opening

8:15   Current status of Swiss regulations for the transactions on blockchain

Michael Schneebeli, Partner, gwp
Ekaterina Anthony, Senior Manager Crypto & Blockchain Compliance, gwp

8:30   AML compliance for digital assets and FATF travel rules

Pawel Kuskowski, CEO & Co-Founder, Coinfirm

9:00-10:00   Breakfast and networking

Pawel Kuskowski, CEO & Co-Founder of Coinfirm (, is a recognised expert on compliance issues in blockchain-based transactions. He is an ex-Global Head of AML of Royal Bank of Scotland and earlier hold similar roles at UBS. Pawel is an expert in compliance and anti-money laundering (AML) with extensive experience in conducting global projects for international financial institutions and working with supervisory authorities. He is a sought-after speaker who has appeared at top industry conferences including COMPLY2018 in New York, TokenMarket in Gibraltar and StartupGrind Europe. His views are regularly featured in media such as Bloomberg, City AM or Financial Times. He was profiled by Forbes and is a regular contributor there. He is also the Chairman of the Compliance Association of Poland and a member of the advisory board of the International Compliance Association.

Ekaterina Anthony, Senior Manager for Crypto & Blockchain Compliance at gwp, is an expert in the field of supporting compliance and operating activities for fintech start-ups and digital projects. She is particularly focusing on assisting traditional financial institutions to enter into the digital space as well as establishing compliance procedures for crypto asset management companies and crypto funds. Her previous roles included Head of the London office of the Russian Stock Exchange (MOEX) and Regional Head S&P Global Platts.

Michael Schneebeli, Partner at gwp, is a proven expert with over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry. As a previous partner at KPMG, he has served as lead auditor for various national and international banks over the past ten years. Michael is considered as a profound specialist in the implementation of financial market requirements. His consulting spectrum also includes new financial technologies (blockchain) and digital means of payment (crypto currencies). He has also worked in senior roles at Credit Suisse and PwC.