How crypto businesses can build a robust AML program
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For crypto exchanges and other digital asset service providers, the nuts and bolts of a robust compliance program are many — from FinCEN to FATF, SARS to subpoenas, transaction monitoring to the travel rule. As legislators and regulators around the globe attempt to bring legal clarity to crypto, compliance teams are meanwhile tasked with understanding and applying current regulatory frameworks to their businesses, and more broadly, with managing financial crime risk as it takes new and different shapes in the cryptoverse. In this edition of TRM Talks, legal and compliance experts in the crypto space will discuss the building blocks of a strong crypto compliance program, plus challenges and best practices to consider, including:

- understanding current regulatory requirements and potential developments on the horizon
- developing policies and procedures to meet those requirements
- using technology and tools to support a modern crypto compliance framework

This webinar is hosted by TRM Labs, a blockchain analytics company. We work with crypto businesses, financial institutions and government agencies to monitor, detect and investigate fraud and financial crime in crypto.
Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Ashley Ebersole is a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission attorney whose diverse practice spans from counseling FinTech startups and financial sponsors on topics including regulatory questions, corporate finance, and fund formation, to representing clients in regulatory and enforcement matters with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and state agencies. Leveraging unique experience on the cross-division working groups responsible for shaping the SEC response to emerging technologies, and with the SEC’s digital asset regulatory and enforcement efforts, Ashley provides counsel to all varieties of participants in that space.
Deployment Strategist, TRM Labs
Elias Kokaly, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, is a deployment strategist for TRM Labs, a blockchain analytics company that provides anti-financial crime solutions to crypto businesses, financial institutions and government agencies. In this role, Elias guides TRM's private sector clients through onboarding and ensures they are successfully leveraging the TRM platform — from establishing a risk-based anti-money laundering program to efficiently conducting crypto investigations. Prior to joining TRM, Elias was Special Investigations Team Lead at cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex. In this role Mr. Kokaly lead a team engaged in complex investigations, acted as a law enforcement liaison and managed special projects.
Director, Blockchain Compliance, Circle Internet Financial
Mikheil Moucharrafie is the Director of Product/Blockchain Compliance at Circle Internet Financial. Having started his career at Coinbase in 2015, he pioneered many of the compliance techniques and standards used across the industry today. In 2019, he joined Facebook as a founding compliance team member on the Novi (fka Calibra) digital currency wallet, where he spent two years building a VASP compliance program from the ground up and working with the Diem Association to develop a network level compliance framework.
VP, Legal and Compliance, Floating Point Group
Merav is an experienced attorney in the crypto space. She leads the legal and compliance department at Floating Point Group, a MIT born fintech firm offering smart cryptocurrency order routing solutions to institutional investors in the US and beyond. Prior to FPG, Merav worked at eToro USA leading strategic regulatory licensing projects and crypto product roll-outs. Merav is a NYU Law alumna, and a member of the NY State Bar. She also holds a CAMS certificate and is a published author on privacy, consumer protection law, and crypto regulation.
Head of Legal and Government Affairs, TRM Labs
Ari Redbord is Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, a blockchain analytics company. Prior to joining TRM Labs, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the United States Department of Treasury. In this capacity, he worked with teams from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and other Treasury and interagency components on issues related to sanctions, the Bank Secrecy Act, cryptocurrency, and anti-money laundering strategies.

Previously, Mr. Redbord served as a Senior Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he investigated and prosecuted cases related to cryptocurrency, terrorist financing, sanctions evasion, export control, child exploitation and human trafficking. He has received numerous awards from FinCEN, the FBI, and the United States Attorney's Office, including the Attorney General's Award for leading an interagency task force dedicated to prosecuting those who abuse and exploit children.