Leonardo Real is the Chief Compliance Officer for Tether, a company that is disrupting the legacy financial system through the combination of fiat currency and blockchain technology. In this role, Leonardo is tasked with building, maintaining and overseeing Tether’s compliance program, including the company’s customer identification program, transaction monitoring and investigations, regulatory reporting, risk assessment and sanctions program.
Leonardo Real is the Chair of the ACAMS Today Europe editorial board. He also chairs Project Participate, an industry-led partnership with a goal of increasing the knowledge and sophistication of anti-money laundering techniques, in respect of virtual currencies. He’s written articles examining the money laundering implications respecting; GDPR, VoIP technology, fantasy sports, machine learning and virtual currencies, including the 2016 ACAMS Today Article of the Year. Leonardo was an early proponent of virtual currency compliance, organizing blockchain, virtual currency, and AML events in 2015 and 2016, that brought together regulators, bankers, law enforcement professionals, and companies in the blockchain space, to discuss the responsible use of virtual currencies.
An experienced professional within the traditional finance industry, Leonardo Real previously held positions with the Bank of Montreal, in AML Quality Control and Capital Markets AML Investigations. In these roles he was responsible for establishing best practices and policies and procedures that are in line with regulatory requirements, and enhance risk mitigating capabilities. Prior to his positions at the Bank of Montreal, Leonardo was employed in sales and marketing roles in the Life Insurance and Proprietary Day Trading industries.
Leonardo Real has long-advocated collaboration between Law Enforcement, Regulators and the Public Sector and looks to help foster the growth of technologies that improve standards of living, but also help ensure public safety.