A Conversation with the First Director of the SEC’s New FinHub Office

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A Conversation with the First Director of the SEC’s New FinHub Office

The SEC recently announced that its Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology, commonly referred to as "FinHub", became a stand-alone office with its first Director reporting directly to the SEC Chairman. In this session, Chainalysis Chief of Legal Affairs Amanda Wick will sit down with FinHub's Director, Val Szczepanik, to discuss the implications of FinHub’s new status and what its priorities will be in 2021. We’ll discuss digital asset developments and issues the FinHub sees on the horizon, both in terms of opportunities and challenges. We will also touch on the SEC’s approach to emerging technologies. We will leave time for audience questions at the end.

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  • Amanda Wick

    Chief of Legal Affairs, 
    Chainalysis

  • Valerie A. Szczepanik

    Director,
    Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub)

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    Chief,
    IRS Criminal Investigation

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About the Speakers

  • Jonathan Levin

    Jonathan Levin is Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company. In his role as CSO, he is responsible for designing long-term strategic initiatives that help government agencies, cryptocurrency businesses, and financial institutions investigate illicit activity, comply with regulations, and mitigate risk through anti-money laundering technology and education. Jonathan is regularly called upon to testify for the U.S. Congress and other government hearings on the emerging risks and opportunities in cryptocurrencies. He is also a mentor for the Techstars Alchemist Blockchain accelerator.

    Prior to Chainalysis, he was the CEO of Coinometrics, which provided the first dashboard of blockchain intelligence. He was also a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford, where he researched cryptocurrencies.

    Jonathan holds a BSC in Economics from Bristol University and Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford. He lives in New York.

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About the Speakers

Amanda Wick
Amanda Wick is the Chief of Legal Affairs at Chainalysis, Inc. Previously, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) where she specialized in policy related to fintech, cryptocurrency, and human trafficking. Prior to that, she served as a federal prosecutor for nearly ten years at the Department of Justice where her practice focused on prosecuting money laundering (including cryptocurrency launderers), asset recovery, and BSA/AML issues.


Valerie A. Szczepanik
Valerie A. Szczepanik is the Director of the Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub) Office at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Before that, she was the Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation and an Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. She also served as Assistant Director in the SEC Division of Enforcement’s Cyber Unit. Ms. Szczepanik served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. She clerked for federal judges on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and, prior to clerking, practiced patent law. Ms. Szczepanik received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.


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  • About Jonathan Levin

    Jonathan Levin is Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company. In his role as CSO, he is responsible for designing long-term strategic initiatives that help government agencies, cryptocurrency businesses, and financial institutions investigate illicit activity, comply with regulations, and mitigate risk through anti-money laundering technology and education. Jonathan is regularly called upon to testify for the U.S. Congress and other government hearings on the emerging risks and opportunities in cryptocurrencies. He is also a mentor for the Techstars Alchemist Blockchain accelerator.

    Prior to Chainalysis, he was the CEO of Coinometrics, which provided the first dashboard of blockchain intelligence. He was also a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford, where he researched cryptocurrencies.

    Jonathan holds a BSC in Economics from Bristol University and Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford. He lives in New York.

  • About Hannah Burke

    Hannah joined ShapeShift, a non-custodial cryptocurrency trading platform, in November 2019 as Director of Compliance. She is responsible for overseeing day-to-day AML and sanctions compliance functions. Before joining ShapeShift, Hannah held related roles at Goldman Sachs, IBM, and MG Stover & Co., a crypto-focused fund administration firm. Hannah received her BS in Finance and Risk Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner.

  • About Noah Perlman

    Noah Perlman joined Gemini as its Chief Compliance Officer in October 2019. Prior to joining Gemini, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he ran its Global Financial Crimes program. Mr. Perlman joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 after two years serving as the Division Counsel for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division. Prior to Mr. Perlman’s affiliation with DEA he served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York where he held several supervisory posts including Special Coordinator for Crimes against Children and Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Section. Mr. Perlman clerked for the Honorable I. Leo Glasser of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his law degree from Columbia University Law School.