Virtual Currencies for Compliance Professionals

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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 Mari

  • Senior Manager, Major Investigations
  • Bank of Montreal – AML


Joseph Mari is currently the senior manager of major investigations in the AML financial intelligence unit at Bank of Montreal. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating complex cross-compliance investigations on an international client base, as well as leading risk intelligence initiatives associated with money laundering and terrorist financing. In addition, Mari is a subject-matter expert in blockchain and cryptocurrency, with a particular focus on anti-money laundering and regulatory issues. Mari’s research is focused on open decentralized blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum Classic. He has authored numerous publications on cryptocurrency including “When Two Worlds Collide,” 2017’s ACAMS Today Article of the Year.  Among other contributions to AML, Mari is the lead coordinator for Project Protect, an initiative to combat money laundering and human trafficking.