Compliance & Law Enforcement in the Age of the Blockchain

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The emergence of shared ledger technologies known as blockchains is poised to transform not only how financial institutions manage their operations, but also how regulators and law enforcement officers perform their supervisory and investigative duties. And in so doing, it will challenge today’s identity, security and privacy paradigms.

In the pre-blockchain era, regulated financial institutions could only perform intra-company transactional analyses, and had to share information via analog or documentary methods. Blockchain-based ledgers, which can transcend industries and jurisdictional borders, enable enhanced transactional analyses that were simply not possible before. In addition, customer identification data always traveled along with transactions and was therefore profusely exposed to cyber-criminals. Given its public nature, Blockchain-technology requires the segregation of location and identifying information from transactions. Can financial crime be detected from transactions without identifying data?

This panel of highly experienced compliance and law enforcement professionals will explore the challenges and opportunities of blockchains and how new surveillance and analytics technologies can aid in the fight against financial crime while preserving privacy and confidentiality.

Meet the Speakers:

Moderator: Juan Llanos (, EVP, Business Development, Coinalytics

A seasoned financial compliance expert and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Juan is a sought-after startup mentor and advisor ( in anti-money laundering an regulatory compliance strategy, and writes about risk and virtual currencies in his blog ( For well over a decade, Juan has built and managed compliance programs all over the world – while dedicating his work to supporting the underserved and unbanked. During this time, he helped develop a large portfolio of innovative monetary services and tools – such as bill payments, money transfer products and Mexico's first pre-paid debit card. Juan co-developed this suite of new financial services at Unidos Financial Services and Remesas Quisqueyana, holding a number of senior positions, while building a reputation as an internationally recognized compliance thought leader. More recently, Juan led Bitreserve's transparency and compliance strategy, as well as global partnerships and stakeholder relations. Currently, he is EVP of Business Development for blockchain analytics startup Coinalytics (

Kathryn Haun (, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Digital Currency Coordinator, US Department of Justice

Kathryn has over 15 years of diverse government and private sector experience, including as a federal prosecutor, a senior policy advisor at the highest levels of the Justice Department, and in private practice.

Kathryn has special expertise in the cybercrime and the dark net, FinTech; and the intersection of electronic privacy with national security and law enforcement. She teaches Stanford Law School's first-ever class on cybercrime and digital currency, and has expert knowledge of government interagency process, government investigations, litigation and compliance. She served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, all to successful verdict, and led several high profile, complex investigations.

Teach Stanford Law School's first-ever class on cybercrime and digital currency. Expert knowledge of government interagency process, government investigations, litigation and compliance. Served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials, all to successful verdict, and led several high profile, complex investigations.

George Frost (, former General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Bitstamp

George provides legal consulting services and strategic advice to startups and firms in the tech and communications industries, and represent clients in commercial, internet and IP litigation. Among his principal clients are Bitstamp Ltd., the world's largest bitcoin exchange, Ripple Labs, and other firms in the fintech space.

Adam Shapiro (, Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group

Adam is an experienced risk management, regulatory and public policy specialist. He is a Managing Director in the San Francisco Office of Promontory Financial Group, leading Promontory's work on financial technology issues. He works with traditional financial services firms, technology companies, startups and investors on issues including digital currencies, blockchains, payments innovation, marketplace lending, alternative credit scoring and cloud computing.

He also has extensive experience working on enterprise risk management, financial regulation and compliance issues in the financial services sector more generally. He's Promontory's West Coast BSA/AML lead and throughout my time at Promontory have helped firms create and improve compliance programs, with particular focus on BSA/AML/OFAC and consumer compliance issues.

Before joining Promontory, he worked at the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA), most recently managing its work on retail market risk assessment and prioritization. His previous roles included serving as Private Secretary to the FSA's Chairman and developing the UK's policy on hedge funds in the wake of the collapse of Long Term Capital Management.

6:00 - 6:45 - Registration and Wine & Cheese
6:45 - 7:00 - Introduction by The Hive
7:00 - 8:15 - Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
8:15 - 8:30 - Networking

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