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Banking & Digital Assets: A Conversation with Wyoming Commissioner Albert Forkner


Wyoming was the first U.S. regulator to authorize banks to provide custody services for digital assets in 2019, and has developed a comprehensive, thoughtful supervisory framework to provide clarity for banks’ digital asset activities. Wyoming is also currently engaged in chartering new banks focused on digital asset and fintech. In this virtual fireside chat, Chainalysis Global Head of Policy Jesse Spiro sits down with Albert Forkner, Wyoming Banking Commissioner, to discuss Wyoming’s strategic and technical approach to integrating digital assets into the U.S. banking system, the OCC’s recent interpretative letter, and the future of responsible innovation in both Wyoming and the U.S. banking system.


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  • Jesse Spiro

    Head of Global Policy, 
    Chainalysis

  • Albert Forkner

    State Banking Commissioner,
    Wyoming Division of Banking

  • Noah Perlman

    Chief Compliance Officer,
    Gemini

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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

Albert Forkner
Albert Forkner was appointed to head the Wyoming Division of Banking as State Banking Commissioner in 2012. In this role, Forkner is responsible for the supervision and regulation of all state-chartered banks, independent trust companies, licensed non-depository financial entities operating, and the newly created blockchain/crypto-friendly Special Purpose Depository Institution in Wyoming. 

Mr. Forkner has over 22 years with the Wyoming Division of Banking. Prior to serving as commissioner, he was the deputy banking commissioner at the Division, a position he held for four years. His experience also includes chief examiner and senior bank examiner at the Division, and a commercial and real estate loan officer. He served as the chairman of the board of directors for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors during 2017-18.

Mr. Forkner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Wyoming and he is a graduate of Cannon Financial Institute and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.


Jesse Spiro
Jesse Spiro is the Global Head of Policy for Chainalysis. Previously, he was the Head of Threat Finance and Emerging Risks for Thomson Reuters/Refinitiv, where he oversaw global engagement and research on threat finance, including terrorism, proliferation, cyber crime, organized crime, smuggling, trafficking. He is a 2018 National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Financial Threats Council, and on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Human Trafficking Task Force. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.


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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.