Speaker "Joe Ciccolo" Details Back



Compliance in a Changing Word


What happens when an unstoppable force (technology) collides with an immovable object (regulation)? We'll examine the tension that exists, and practical approaches for businesses, law enforcement, and regulators.


Joe is the Founder & President of BitAML, a compliance advisory firm exclusively serving the bitcoin and cryptocurrency market. BitAML clients include bitcoin ATM operators, exchanges, traders and trading platforms, crypto hedge funds, ICOs and ICO platforms. Prior to launching BitAML, Joe was a founding member and architect of the BSA/AML program of a top 100 U.S.-based online financial institution. He also served as a project manager for a top 20 global bank, where he led several regulatory and AML audit remediation projects, and consulted on the enhancement of existing procedures for money services businesses (MSBs), politically exposed persons (PEPs), and other high-risk customers. Before entering the field of AML, Joe held leadership positions within various risk management disciplines, including vendor due diligence, fraud prevention, and corporate investigations. He is a frequent guest speaker at both bitcoin and compliance industry events, and regularly consults with policymakers and law enforcement, as well as traditional retail and investment bankers on both cryptocurrencies and customer onboarding. Joe enjoys volunteering his time with the non-profit, student-led Blockchain Education Network, and serving as an advisor to the Illinois Blockchain Initiative, a collaborative state interagency effort to promote innovations in blockchain and distributed ledger technology in Illinois. Joe is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Anti-Money Laundering Certified Associate (AMLCA). He is a graduate of Northeastern University, College of Criminal Justice.