Digital assets have rarely left the headlines over the past year. As the crypto winter took hold, regulators raced to keep up with an ever-changing market. But what exactly are the rules as they stand? And where might watchdogs look to go next? Join FCA director of digital assets Matthew Long and FN online editor Justin Cash as they discuss what the future holds for a crypto rulebook.

Matthew Long
Matthew Long, Director, National Economic Crime Command, National Crime Agency, UK
Matthew’s current role is as the Director of the National Economic Crime Command within the National Crime Agency (NCA). His responsibilities include leading the multi-agency National Economic Crime Centre which has a strategic system leadership role for economic crime and illicit finance. He also led the UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) which has national responsibility for receiving, analysing and disseminating financial intelligence submitted through the Suspicious Activity Reports Regime. Operationally he is a multi-agency Gold Commander and an accredited Strategic Investigation Advisor with the College of Policing. Matthew is passionate about mentoring and is a NSC Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Mentor, and has been part of the team setting up a new mentoring scheme in the NCA.

His previous role was leading the response to Organised Immigration Crime, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Drugs, Firearms and Borders.

His career began as a detective in Kent Police where he qualified as Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) having led over 400 investigations, including a number of high profile child abuse operations. He received national and international awards for his investigations and innovation.

Matthew holds a PhD in Risk Management and has been part of a team creating worldwide child abuse risk assessments. In his academic life he is currently working on applying child abuse risk models to terrorism. Treasurer. In November 2022 Malik transitioned from this role to become an Adviser to the Conservative Party Chairman on fundraising.
Justin Cash
Online Editor, Financial News
Justin Cash is online editor at Dow Jones’s Financial News title. He was previously editor of Money Marketing magazine, and has also worked for titles including Legal Week and Citywire.

His work has featured in publications ranging from The Financial Times, The New Statesman, Total Politics and The Independent, to CityAM and The Huffington Post. During his time running Money Marketing, the magazine has won the Headline Money B2B Title of The Year Award. Individually, he has won a James Hay Award and the Personal Finance Awards’ Trade Journalist of the Year Award, and has been shortlisted in the Press Gazette Specialist Media and Santander Media Awards.

Cash graduated with a 2.1 in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Durham University and has a masters in Investigative Journalism from City University, London.

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