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Building a Cryptocurrency Business in Latin America


Join us for a Links virtual session featuring Daniel Vogel, co-founder and CEO of BITSO, the Mexico-based cryptocurrency exchange and financial services platform. In this “fireside chat” with Jesse Spiro, Chief of Government Affairs at Chainalysis, they’ll discuss how BITSO is investing in its business following its recent $62 million fundraising round, challenges and opportunities in the Mexican market, and the regulatory environment in Latin America.

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Hear from the Experts

  • Amanda Wick

    Chief of Legal Affairs, 
    Chainalysis

  • Daniel Vogel

    Co-founder and CEO,
    BITSO

  • James Lee

    Chief,
    IRS Criminal Investigation

  • Valerie A. Szczepanik

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

  • Bert Langerak

    Director,
    FIOD

  • Phil Bonello

    Director of Research,
    Grayscale Investments

  • Albert Forkner

    State Banking Commissioner,
    Wyoming Division of Banking

  • John D. (Don) Fort

    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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On-Demand Sessions

Financial Inclusion and Crypto: A Conversation with Chris Brummer

August 16, 11:00 AM ET
Speakers:
 Chris Brummer
, Law Professor and Author, Gerogetown University

About This Session:

Financial inclusion means different things, in different contexts, through the historical and policy backdrop in the United States. In this conversation, we explore differences between the public and private sectors as companies attempt to create experiences and solve the most basic challenge of fintech: how to scale while also meeting consumer needs.

In this session with Georgetown Law Professor and financial inclusion expert Chris Brummer, we will explore:

  • The concept of financial inclusion in the United States,
  • The global financial issue of banking the unbanked around the world,
  • The need for cryptocurrency policy conversations to pivot to inclusion
  • Differences between the public and private sectors as companies attempt to create diverse workspaces that resemble their customers,
  • Ways companies and individuals can participate in making the cryptocurrency industry (and their partners) a more inclusive space.


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Who is Chris Brummer?

Chris Brummer is a Georgetown law professor and author. He also lectures widely on financial inclusion and equity, financial regulation and global governance. His views regularly inform a wide array of conversations, from diversity in regulatory agencies and corporate boards to cutting edge issues in financial technology and international regulatory and monetary diplomacy. His work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Marketwatch, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Yahoo Money, Roll Call, Cointelegraph, and Coin Desk, among others.


In Conversation with Mike Morell: A Former CIA Director’s View of Technology and National Security

Speakers: Mike Morell, Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

About This Session:

Join us for another session of Links, where Chainalysis co-founder Jonathan Levin will sit down with Michael Morell, the Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to discuss issues currently facing the cryptocurrency industry.

In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • Morell’s latest paper where he reaches two conclusions: first, that concerns about the use of bitcoin in illicit finance are exaggerated significantly, and second, that blockchain analysis is very effective in crime-fighting and intelligence
  • What it will take to bring together American businesses and government agencies to win the war of innovation
  • Broader questions surrounding technological competitiveness in the United States

We will leave time for questions.


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Who is Michael Morell?

Michael Morell is the former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA, and one of the leading national security professionals, with experience in intelligence and foreign policy. Morell has been at the forefront of the United State’s fight against terrorism, including work to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Morell is the author of the New York Times bestseller on the CIA’s nearly 20-year fight against al-Qaida, titled “The Great War of Our Time: An Insider’s Account of the CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism – From al-Qaida to ISIS.” He served as a member of President Obama’s 2013 Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology and as a member of the 2018 Commission on the National Defense Strategy, a commission appointed by Congress to help it understand the nation’s defense needs.

Today, Morell is involved in a wide range of activities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fortress Investment Group, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orbis Operations, Senior Counselor and Global Chairman of the Geopolitical Risk Practice at Washington’s fastest-growing consulting firm, Beacon Global Strategies, and an advisor to a large number of private sector entities.

Morell is a first-generation college student, earning a B.A. summa cum laude in economics from the University of Akron. He also earned an M.A. in economics from Georgetown University.


Cryptocurrency in Times of Economic Turbulence

Speakers: Wences Casares, Founder & CEO, XAPO

About This Session:

Few people have been innovating at the forefront of cryptocurrency longer than Wences Casares, Founder and CEO of XAPO, a bitcoin wallet. In this virtual “fireside chat,” Wences sits down with Michael Gronager, Co-founder and CEO of Chainalysis, to discuss the parallels between the financial crisis when bitcoin was born and today’s economic situation, whether or not crypto is solving the problems it set out to fix, why he’s betting on crypto custody and Libra, and what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in an unestablished industry and run a decentralized company.


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Who is Wences Casares?

Wences Casares is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of XAPO, a bitcoin wallet . Previously, Mr. Casares founded Patagon, Wanako Games, Banco Lemon, and Lemon Wallet. Mr. Casares sits on the board of PayPal, and serves on the board of Endeavor, a non-profit organization that promotes high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Mr. Casares studied at the University of San Andrés and completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard University.



A Conversation with Director Kenneth A. Blanco: FinCEN's Current Approach and Priorities for the Virtual Asset Landscape

Speakers: Kenneth A. Blanco, Director, FinCEN

About This Session:

As the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the Financial Intelligence Unit of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Kenneth Blanco is on the forefront of domestic and international financial crimes. In this virtual “fireside chat,” Director Blanco sits down with Chainalysis Chief of Government Affairs Jesse Spiro to discuss where FinCEN is focusing in terms of virtual assets today, including how they are approaching noncompliant foreign exchanges and regulatory arbitrage.


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Who is Kenneth A. Blanco?

Mr. Blanco is the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a Bureau within the Department of Treasury, established to support law enforcement and global efforts against domestic and international financial crimes via the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information from the financial sector. FinCEN administers regulations to guard against money laundering and terrorism financing and enforces compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act, among other authorities delegated to the Director through the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001.

Mr. Blanco is the 8th person to hold the position of Director of FinCEN. Prior to his appointment as Director by the Secretary of the Treasury in December of 2017, Mr. Blanco served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice from January 2017 until November 2017, and as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General from April 2008 until January 2017.

After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989, Mr. Blanco began his career at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office where he served in various sections including the Organized Crime Section, Public Corruption Section, and the Major Narcotics Section. In 1998, Mr. Blanco joined the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida as an Assistant United States Attorney and served in numerous leadership positions including Deputy Chief of Narcotics/Chief of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Acting Chief of Narcotics, and Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Section. During his time at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Blanco was detailed to Washington D.C. from December 2002 to August 2004 to serve as General Counsel to the 94 United States Attorney’s Offices and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys.

In 2006, Mr. Blanco returned to Washington D.C. to serve as the Chief of the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section at the Department of Justice. He was later promoted to the position of Deputy Assistant Attorney General, where he supervised the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section, Organized Crime and Gang Section, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, and matters relating to Afghanistan, Colombia, Mexico and Panama.



Blockchain in the UAE: How a Measured Approach is Leading the Way for the Growing Cryptocurrency Economy

Speakers: Wai Lum Kwok, Senior Executive Director, Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulatory Authority

About This Session:

Few markets have embraced blockchain technology while rolling out regulations as quickly and seriously as the United Arab Emirates. As the UAE positions itself as a global hot spot for the safe adoption of cryptocurrency, Wai Lum Kwok leads the oversight of digital assets and other financial products in his role as the Senior Executive Director, Capital Markets at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). In this virtual “fireside chat,” Chainalysis Chief of Government Affairs Jesse Spiro sits down with Senior Executive Director Kwok to discuss opportunities and challenges in the MENA market, how ADGM approaches regulatory frameworks, why the UAE prioritizes blockchain, and more.


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Who is Wai Lum Kwok?

Wai Lum joined the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in June 2015. He heads up the Capital Markets division responsible for authorisation and supervision of financial market infrastructures and capital markets intermediaries. The division also regulates the offering of securities and collective investments schemes. Wai Lum also spearheads FSRA’s strategy and efforts to support the supervision of innovation in Financial Technology (FinTech) and development of the FinTech ecosystem in ADGM.

Wai Lum has more than 10 years of supervisory experience. Prior to ADGM, Wai Lum served as the Director of the Capital Markets Intermediaries Division of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Wai Lum graduated from Imperial College, London with an M.Eng in Electrical Engineering and holds an M.Sc in Applied Finance from the National University of Singapore. He is a CFA charter holder.



What Institutional Investors Really Think About Cryptocurrency

Speakers: Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director & Board Member, Grayscale Investments

About This Session:

"Do cryptocurrencies offer real diversification benefits for institutional investors?” This is the question Michael Sonnenshein fields nearly every day in his conversations with family offices, hedge funds, and other institutions. In his role overseeing Grayscale, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager, Michael has unique insights into what institutional investors are thinking and how an allocation to crypto can support their strategies. In this virtual “fireside chat,” Michael sits down with Kim Grauer, Head of Research at Chainalysis, to unpack the investment thesis behind digital currencies and discuss why cryptocurrency as an asset class might be having a moment this year.


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Who is Michael Sonnenshein?

Michael Sonnenshein is the Managing Director at Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager with more than $3.8 billion in assets under management its family of 10 products – all of which provide access and exposure to the digital currency asset class in the form of a traditional security without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping digital currencies directly. In this role, Michael oversees the daily operations and growth of the business and its assets under management. Michael is responsible for maintaining many of the firm’s key client relationships including family offices, hedge funds, and other institutions as well as managing the development of Grayscale’s single-asset and diversified digital currency products. Prior to joining Grayscale, Michael was a financial advisor at JP Morgan Securities, covering HNW individuals and institutions, and an analyst at Barclays Wealth, providing coverage to middle‚Äźmarket hedge funds and institutions. Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his Master of Business Administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Michael was honored in 2018 as one of Business Insider’s Rising Stars of Wall Street and serves as a member of the Grayscale Board of Directors, CME Group Bitcoin Futures Council, and NYU Blockchain Association.



The Future of Compliance as Cryptocurrency Goes Mainstream

Speakers: Caitlin Barnett, US Chief Compliance Officer, Bitstamp | Hannah Burke, Director of Compliance, ShapeShift | Noah Perlman, Chief Compliance Officer, Gemini

About This Session:

Cryptocurrency adoption is increasing, large financial institutions are getting involved, and popular retailers now accept payments in crypto. But in order for the industry to truly enter the mainstream, it must align with financial regulations that protect consumers and mitigate crime. This is particularly important for cryptocurrency exchanges, the gatekeepers of the industry. In this session, Jonathan Levin, Chainalysis Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, sits down for a virtual roundtable with leaders in the cryptocurrency compliance space to discuss how their experiences in traditional financial services have translated to crypto, their views on the regulatory landscape, challenges and opportunities within compliance, and best practices for running a compliant exchange.


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Who is Caitlin Barnett?

Caitlin’s legal and compliance experience encompasses cryptocurrency and traditional finance. As US Chief Compliance Officer, she supervises Bitstamp USA’s BSA/AML Program and maintains regulatory relationships with both federal and state regulators within the United States.

Prior to Bitstamp, Caitlin was Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at Gemini Trust Company, LLC. She has also served as a Senior AML investigator and Assistant Vice President at Commerzbank AG and Assistant Vice President, Senior Counsel at JP Morgan Chase.

Who is 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.

Who is 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.



FATF Regulatory Roundtable

Speakers: Tom Neylan, Senior Policy Analyst, Secretariat of the Financial Action Task Force | Takahide Habuchi, Assistant Commissioner, Japanese Financial Services Agency (JFSA) & Co-Chair, FATF VA Contact Group | Scott Rembrandt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Policy in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury & Co-Chair, FATF VA Contact Group | Jesse Spiro, Chief of Government Affairs, Chainalysis

About This Session:

Few people have been innovating at the forefront of cryptocurrency longer than Wences Casares, Founder and CEO of XAPO, a bitcoin wallet. In this virtual “fireside chat,” Wences sits down with Michael Gronager, Co-founder and CEO of Chainalysis, to discuss the parallels between the financial crisis when bitcoin was born and today’s economic situation, whether or not crypto is solving the problems it set out to fix, why he’s betting on crypto custody and Libra, and what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in an unestablished industry and run a decentralized company.


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Who is Tom Neylan?

Tom Neylan heads Policy Development within the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Secretariat. He is responsible for setting and amending the FATF standards. Recent projects have included negotiating new global rules to regulate virtual assets, and to combat the financing of WMD proliferation. Tom previously worked in the UK at HM Treasury, on topics including counter-terrorism finance and international monetary relations.

Who is Takahide Habuchi?

Habuchi Takahide is Assistant Commissioner of Japan's Financial Services Agency(JFSA) who leads JFSA at FATF. Takahide assumed the current position in July 2019 and currently co-chairs Virtual Asset Contact Group(VACG) of FATF. As a Co-chair of VACG, he led the FATF initiative to produce a report on 12 month review on virtual assets and virtual assets service providers and contributed to producing a FATF G20 report on stable coins. Before assuming current position, he has many years of experiences at JFSA and central bank of Japan(BOJ), including the supervision and monitoring of banks and financial market infrastructures. He has degrees of an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and Bachelor of Laws at The University of Tokyo.

Who is Scott Rembrandt?

Scott Rembrandt is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Policy in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also serves as the U.S. Head of Delegation to the Financial Action Task Force, the international standard setter for combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing, of which the United States is currently president. In his current position, Scott manages a team of policy advisors that develop and implement anti-money laundering/counter-financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) strategic initiatives and regulatory policies for banks, securities firms, non-bank financial institutions (including money services businesses), and designated non-financial businesses and persons. He oversees the office’s work related to counter-terrorist financing, customer due diligence, derisking, virtual currency, information-sharing, data protection, anti-corruption, and cybersecurity. He previously was a policy advisor in TFFC, where his portfolio included financial inclusion issues, money services businesses, and new payment methods. Prior to that, he served as a corporate lawyer in New York and before that was the Director of Research at a Washington-based think tank focused on East Asia. Prior to returning to the United States, Scott was a consultant in China and the Business Manager, Chief Country Officer Group - Asia for a global bank.

Who is Jesse Spiro?

Jesse Spiro is the Chief of Government Affairs 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.



A Lookback at the Evolution of Financial Crime with Don Fort

Speakers: John D. (Don) Fort, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation

About This Session:

Don Fort has been the Chief or Deputy Chief of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation division for nearly 25% of his career. He’s seen first hand how financial crime has evolved in cyber space and how visibility into cryptocurrency helps his team follow the money. In this exclusive session with Don Fort, we will discuss how technology has pushed bad actors to employ new tactics, how investigators are staying one step ahead, the importance of international cooperation and public-private partnerships, and some of Chief Fort’s most notable cases. We’ll also save time for a few minutes for audience questions.


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Who is John D. (Don) Fort?

John D. (Don) Fort is the Chief, Criminal Investigation, headquartered in Washington, DC. He was appointed to the position in June 2017 and heads the IRS Division responsible for investigating criminal violations of the tax code and related financial crimes. Mr. Fort oversees a worldwide staff of nearly 3,000 CI employees, including approximately 2,100 special agents.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Fort served as the Deputy Chief for three years. Chief Fort began his IRS career in 1991 as a Special Agent in Baltimore and later served as Supervisory Special Agent, Orlando, Florida; Senior Analyst and Acting Director, Office of Special Investigative Techniques; Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore and Washington DC Field Offices; Special Agent in Charge of the Philadelphia Field Office; and Deputy Director of Strategy, CI Headquarters.

Mr. Fort entered the Senior Executive Service in January 2011 when he was appointed to serve as a Director of Field Operations, the position he held until his appointment as Deputy Chief, CI. Mr. Fort has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management with a minor in Accounting from Gettysburg College. Mr. Fort is a licensed CPA in the State of Virginia and is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 



Central Bank Digital Currencies and Their Impact on the Future of Money

Speakers: Henri Arslanian, Global Crypto Leader, PwC

About This Session:

As the Global Crypto Leader at PwC, the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, and an adjunct associate professor teaching the first fintech university course in Asia, Henri Arslanian spends a lot of time working with policymakers, financial institutions, central banks, and regulators on the impact of cryptocurrencies and CBDCs on the future of finance and money.

In this “fireside chat,” Henri and Chainalysis Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Jonathan Levin discuss not only some of the latest global CBDC developments, from China’s digital Yuan and the U.S. Digital Dollar, to the impact of Libra and stable coins on the existing financial ecosystem and their impact on driving increased mainstream adoption of crypto.


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Who is Henri Arslanian?

Henri Arslanian is the PwC Global Crypto Leader and Asia FinTech Leader, the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first FinTech university course in Asia.

With over 500,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri is a TEDx and global keynote speaker, a best-selling published author and is regularly featured in global media including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Henri was named by LinkedIn as one of the global Top Voices in Economy & Finance and is the host of the FinTechCapsules™ and CryptoCapsules™ social media series.

Henri’s latest book “The Future of Finance: The Impact of FinTech, AI and Crypto on Financial Services” published by Palgrave Macmillan, was ranked as one of Amazon’s global top 10 best-sellers in financial services and was recognized as one of the “Best FinTech Books of All Time” by Bookauthority.

Chambers Global recent named Henri the “highest profile FinTech consultant in Hong Kong” and Asian Private Banker awarded him the “FinTech Changemaker of the Year” award. Henri has been also awarded numerous other industry and academic awards over the years from being regularly named one of the Most Influential Individuals in FinTech in Asia to being awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence.

Before joining PwC, Henri was with a FinTech start-up and previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong. Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong.

Henri speaks five languages including English, French, Armenian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

He holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke; and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean’s List of Excellence).



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

Speakers: Albert Forkner, State Banking Commissioner, Wyoming Division of Banking

About This Session:

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 Chief of Government Affairs 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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Who is 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. 



The Cryptocurrency Metrics Asset Managers and Investors Care About

Speakers: Phil Bonello, Director of Research, Grayscale Investments

About This Session:

Phil Bonello is the Director of Research at Grayscale Investments, the largest manager in the digital asset space. In this session, Phil and Chainalysis Chief Economist Philip Gradwell will discuss the on-chain and off-chain metrics they study to understand the cryptocurrency economy, inform investment decisions, and provide the information investors care about.


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Who is Phil Bonello?

Phil Bonello is the Director of Research at Grayscale Investments, the world's largest digital currency asset manager with more than $5 billion in assets under management in its family of 10 products. In this role, Phil monitors developments in the digital currency ecosystem to inform product development and investor education. Prior to joining Grayscale, Phil led research at Ikigai Asset Management, using a variety of macroeconomic, exchange-based, and on-chain signals to make investment decisions. Phil earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan.



The J5 and Cryptocurrency: A Partnership with Real Results

Speakers: Jesse Spiro, Chief of Government Affairs, Chainalysis | Bert Langerak, Director, FIOD | James Lee, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation

About This Session:

The Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (known as the J5) are committed to combatting transnational tax crime through enforcement collaboration. They work together to gather information, share intelligence, conduct operations, and build the capacity of tax crime enforcement officials. Just two years after the formation of the group, the J5 is already seeing operational successes.

In this session, James Lee, Chief of IRS-CI in the U.S., and Bert Langerak, FIOD’s managing director in the Netherlands, sit down with Chainalysis Chief of Government Affairs Jesse Spiro to discuss the benefits of the J5 collaboration and their operational successes to date. They’ll dive into how the partnership really works, including information sharing, the development of new tools, case studies, and what’s next for the J5. Following a conversation with the Chiefs, James and Bert will lead a panel discussion with some of the investigators and leaders in the crypto area for both countries.


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Who is Jesse Spiro?

Jesse Spiro is the Chief of Government Affairs 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.

Who is Bert Langerak?

Bert H.J. Langerak MBA RA is director of the FIOD since 2011. From 2011 till August 2020 he was Chief criminal investigation of the FIOD, the Dutch criminal investigation service of the Ministry of Finance. The FIOD is the criminal investigation service in the field off tax and financial-economic crime, corruption and anti-money laundering. From August 2020 till now, Langerak is managing director. Bert Langerak: “The keywords in the FIOD approach to fighting financial crime are effect and cooperation. Together with our (inter-)national partners, we can fight crime effectively. A more integrated approach with public and private partners. Better cooperation with supervision, investigation, prosecution, and also citizens & businesses. To improve the impact of our criminal investigations on society”.

Who is James Lee?

James (Jim) Lee serves as the Chief, Criminal Investigation. In this position, he oversees a worldwide staff of approximately 3,000 employees, including 2,000 special agents in 21 Field Offices and 11 foreign countries. He leads and oversees some of the most significant investigations of financial crimes involving tax, money laundering, public corruption, cyber, ID theft, narcotics and terrorist-financing. Prior to this assignment, Jim’s executive positions included serving as the Director of Field Operations-North, Director of Field Operations-South, Director of Strategy and Executive Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office. Jim has a Bachelor degree from Tiffin University

 


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

Speakers: Valerie A. Szczepanik | Director, Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub)

About This Session:

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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Who is 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.



Building a Cryptocurrency Business in Latin America

Speakers: Daniel Vogel | Co-founder & CEO, Bitso

About This Session:

Join us for a Links virtual session featuring Daniel Vogel, co-founder and CEO of BITSO, the Mexico-based cryptocurrency exchange and financial services platform. In this “fireside chat” with Jesse Spiro, Global Head of Policy at Chainalysis, they’ll discuss how BITSO is investing in its business following its recent $62 million fundraising round, challenges and opportunities in the Mexican market, and the regulatory environment in Latin America.


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Who is Daniel Vogel?

Co-founder and CEO of Bitso, Daniel Vogel is among the youngest entrepreneurs and leaders of technological innovation in Mexico. Motivated by a sense of social responsibility, Bitso is committed to the development of efficient, competitive, accessible and inclusive financial services in Mexico and LatAm. Daniel holds two degrees from Stanford University (BA in Economics, BS in Computer Systems Engineering) and a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. His work at Bitso has been recognized by Endeavor (Global Endeavor Entrepreneur), MassChallenge (2016 Gold Winner), the President of Mexico (Digital Leader Mexico), among others.




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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.

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