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The Role of Law:
An International Debate post Tornado Cash

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In August, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) blacklisted a crypto mixer, Tornado Cash, over charges of being used by criminals for money laundering and arrested one of its developers. This marks the first time a software, rather than a person, was sanctioned by the authority.

The event created a stir in the industry, and the outraged crypto community came out in support of Tornado Cash.

We explore the controversy surrounding the sanctioning and deep dive into the debate between law vs tech and developers vs authority. Who will defend privacy and freedom of speech in the evolving world of web3.0?

Key themes:
> What is the industry-wide collateral impact of banning a neutral tech?

> What are the legal implications of placing restrictions on open source smart contracts and does it set a bad precedent?

> Does the incident highlight yet another difficulty with applying existing regulations to crypto?

> And talking about privacy on DeFi, is it potentially criminal? Authorities across the world are closely scrutinising these services for money laundering/terrorism financing (ML/TF).


Meet the speakers

Partner, RPC, Hong Kong

Jonathan Crompton helps companies and individuals navigate complex cross-border disputes and investigations involving their Asian business, specialising in particular in financial services and technology related disputes and cyber incidents.

CEO, Crypto Council for Innovation (CCI)

Sheila leads a group of the most influential crypto industry leaders in the world representing Coinbase, Fidelity Digital Assets, Block, Andreessen Horowitz, Ribbit Capital, and Paradigm. Prior to joining CCI, Sheila served as the World Economic Forum’s deputy global head of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, head of Data, Blockchain, and Digital Assets, and a member of its executive committee.


Wei Zhou is the CEO of, the Philippines’ leading fully-regulated fiat and crypto and mobile wallet provider. Mr Zhou and Joffre capital led the buyout of early this year and recently completed a $30 million SeriesC financing led by Ribbit Capital. Prior to his role at, Wei served as Chief Financial Officer of Binance


Angie Lau
Editor-in-Chief & Founder, Forkast

Angie Lau is Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and Founder of Forkast.News. She is an award-winning veteran journalist who interviews newsmakers, CEOs, and icons, including the exclusive with Li Ka-shing — his first television one-on-one in more than a decade. Angie is a respected thought leader in blockchain technology, leading conversations around the world, including at OECD's Global Blockchain Policy Forum, World Economic Forum, Global Blockchain Business Council / UN General Assembly, Forbes Summit, Binance Blockchain Week, Paris Blockchain Week Summit, Asia Blockchain Summit, and many others.

Before founding Forkast in July 2018, Angie anchored Bloomberg TV’s flagship morning show “First Up with Angie Lau” broadcast globally into 350 million homes, offices and trading floors.

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