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WHF Brown Bag Webinar: AML Compliance in the Cryptosphere: Bitcoin, Blockchain and Beyond
Tuesday, April 07, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
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WHF Brown Bag Webinar: AML Compliance in the Cryptosphere: Bitcoin, Blockchain and Beyond

Arnold Spencer and Ross Delston will provide an introduction to cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and then discuss the regulatory and compliance issues raised by cryptocurrency exchangers, including Bitcoin Teller Machine (BTM) operators as well as Federal and state law and regulation underpinning cryptocurrency activities. In addition, they will highlight recent enforcement cases involving cryptocurrency exchangers and their treatment as MSBs. Finally, they will provide some practical considerations and best practices for banks and other businesses with cryptocurrency customers.  

Ross S. Delston, CAMS    
Arnold Spencer, Esq., General Counsel, Coinsource 

Date: April 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Location: Webinar


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Speaker Bios: 

Ross S. Delston, CAMS, is an independent Washington, DC-based attorney, expert witness and former banking regulator (FDIC) who has specialized in BSA/AML issues for almost 20 years. Representative engagements include participating in two monitorships involving international banking and finance (BNP Paribas and AIG); participating in five annual independent AML audits for a publicly held MSB; and acting as an expert witness on AML issues in 14 civil cases, including on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (SDNY).  Ross has been a legal consultant to the IMF on AML/CFT and banking issues since 1997. He is the author of an op-ed on Bitcoin published in ACAMS|MoneyLaundering.com News (2013) entitled “Did FinCEN Just Burst Bitcoin’s Bubble?” and has been quoted on AML and banking issues in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, the ICIJ, Bloomberg and McClatchy.

Arnold Spencer serves as the General Counsel for Coinsource, the leading Bitcoin Teller Machine operator in the world. As the leader of Coinsource’s legal and compliance departments, Mr. Spencer develops and implements the company’s proprietary policies to comply with evolving, regulatory structures in multiple jurisdictions, and frequently interacts with state and federal regulatory and enforcement agencies. Prior to joining Coinsource, Mr. Spencer served as an Assistant United States Attorney for 10 years. He specialized in securities and financial fraud and money laundering, and prosecuted more than 100 federal cases. Drawing on his background as a cryptocurrency lawyer and federal prosecutor, Mr. Spencer frequently speaks and writes about digital currency, blockchain technologies, and emerging regulatory and enforcement trends. Mr. Spencer was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. He graduated from Amherst College and the University of Texas Law School.