Blockchain Technology and Facebook’s Libra: Are They Safe?

Blockchain Technology and Facebook’s Libra: Are They Safe?

Supported by the Innovation & Technology Committee and the Financial Markets Committee


Andrew Wheeler QC, Head of the Financial Crime Team, 7BR Chambers in London
Collingwood Thompson QC, Head of Chambers, 7BR


The blockchain technology upon which cryptocurrency is built is claimed to be entirely safe. However, currency goes “missing”, exchanges are “hacked”, and the volatility of such currency is always under the microscope. 

How and why does cryptocurrency go missing? How can such currency be protected, and how are the authorities and courts dealing with the position? 

In June 2019 Facebook formally announced it proposed to issue a cryptocurrency, which has been called “Libra” for convenience. Is the intervention by Facebook is a “game changer”, and what has the regulatory reaction been to its proposals?

Join us to learn more about the potential risks of cryptocurrencies, and find out whether Facebook may be able to provide a solution.


About the speaker

Andrew Wheeler QC is head of the Financial Crime Team at 7BR Chambers in London. He was called to the Bar in 1988, and has extensive experience in relation to the defence and prosecution of serious fraud, associated money laundering and proceeds of crime restraint/confiscation, and compliance/regulatory matters – and has a detailed knowledge of evidence gathering from, and asset tracing through, multiple jurisdictions. 

His experience extends in particular to Bribery & Corruption, Company Investigations, Insolvency and Tax fraud, and to issues of Insider Dealing. He regularly advises both the UK and offshore sectors in respect of anti-money laundering and associated compliance issues.



Collingwood Thompson QC is Head of Chambers at 7BR. He has specialised in both civil and criminal fraud, since taking silk in 1998. Collingwood has acted in some of the most high profile fraud cases, both on behalf of the Crown and the defence.

Both prosecution agencies and defence solicitors regularly instruct him.  Concerning the prosecution, he works closely with SFO, CPS and NCA.  Regarding defence matters he represents individuals and corporate clients in large fraud investigations.  

While being in silk and through his fraud practice he has developed an expertise in legal professional privilege, particularly in connection with search warrants and production orders.

Also, his practice over the past 20 years has become increasingly international, where he has appeared in the courts and advised in a number of jurisdictions including; Caribbean, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Thailand and Jersey. 


This event is hosted by Andrew Seaton. 

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10/15/2019 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
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