Virtual Currencies for Compliance Professionals

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  • When: December 7, 2018   SOLD OUT
    February 25, 2019
  • Where: New York City, New York
  • Venue: The James New York – NoMad
    22 East 29th St., New York, NY 10016

This one-day interactive seminar addresses core AML practices that may remain effective in the new paradigm of virtual and crypto-based currencies, changes that need to be implemented immediately and mandatory elements of a solid compliance program. This seminar is designed to provide you with a strong understanding of the principal elements and the knowledge required to lay the foundations of a compliance and risk management program at all levels.

Fortify Your Knowledge base and Compliance Skills Through:

  • Learning practical AML principles and skills for onboarding, monitoring, detecting and reporting virtual currency transactions.
  • Examining some real-life scenarios, discussing likely simulations and engaging in guided discussions
  • Acquiring the skills for implementing proper internal controls and risk management practices, policies and procedures at all levels.


7:45 AM – 8:45 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Creating and Maintaining a Wholesome AML and Risk Management Framework for a Sane Virtual Currency Ecosystem
9:00 AM – 10:10 AM Special Remarks from HSI
10:10 AM – 10:20 AM Networking and Refreshment Break
10:20 AM – 11:20 PM A Brief History of Virtual Currency and an Overview of Risks, Enforcement, and Laws
11:20 AM – 12:15 PM How to Scale an AML Program for Digital Payments; From the Micro to the Macro
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Luncheon
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Interactive Workshop: Build and Regulate
3:00PM – 3:15PM Networking and Refreshment Break
3:15PM – 4:45PM Banking Virtual Currency Exchangers: Considerations Toward Compliance Expectations and Transaction Monitoring
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Q&A and Closing Remarks

(Program is subject to change)


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John Bandler
  • John Bandler, CAMS

  • Founder
  • Bandler Law Firm PLLC & Bandler Group LLC


John Bandler runs legal and consulting practices focused on helping corporations and individuals with cybersecurity and the prevention and investigation of cybercrime, money laundering, and other criminal activity. Prior to joining the private sector John served in government for twenty years as a prosecutor, police officer, and military officer. John was an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he investigated and prosecuted global trafficking of stolen data and digital currency money laundering, among other offenses. Before that, he served as a State Trooper in the New York State Police for eight years, attended law school at night, and served as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve. John writes, speaks, and teaches about cybercrime, cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, and law, and is the author of the book “Cybersecurity for the Home and Office” and a forthcoming book on Cybercrime Investigations. He holds many certifications including CAMS, and helped develop ACAMS certificate courses on cyber-enabled crime and virtual currency.

Joseph Mari
  • Joseph A. Mari, CAMS

  • Director of External Partnerships, Financial Crimes Risk Management
  • Scotiabank


Joseph Mari is the Director of External Partnerships in the Global Risk Management Division of Scotiabank. In this role Mr. Mari develops strategic partnerships aimed at further advancing the organization’s mission on mitigating financial crimes.

Mr. Mari forges and maintains relationships with external stakeholders and authorities that seek to strengthen Scotia’s commitment to corporate responsibility initiatives, such as public/private partnerships. Additionally, Mr. Mari has served as the lead coordinator for the anti-human trafficking public/private partnership, Project Protect, since its creation in 2015. He also serves as a subject matter expert on virtual assets and currencies with a particular focus on their potential use in financial crimes.