Director, FinTech Law Department at Cogent Law
Adella currently works in the financial technical practice at Cogent Law Group with companies from the start-up stage to exit and acquisition. A legal professional focused on financial services and digital currencies, Adella has expertise in the Banking Secrecy Act (“BSA”), Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”), and Know Your Customer (“KYC”) rules. She also specializes in Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) requirements and guidance, written and ongoing AML compliance programs, state-by-state money transmitter laws and lincensure requirments, as well as Blockchain-like platforms and Bitcoin.
In 2001, Adella co-founded an innovative company, LongLever Consulting gold-backed payment systems. She is both a legal and financial professional interested in Bitcoin, crytpocurrencies, the blockchain, and the budding legislation and regulation surrounding these new technologies. As a result of Adella’s passions, cutting-edge financial services has been the focus of her career since her work with digital coin currencies in the early 2000’s.
Adella received her JD from Nottingham Trent University and Masters in Law from George Washington University.
Know your customer (KYC) and customer due diligence programs can take on a new meaning in highly regulated industries. What are some practical strategies for meeting this regulatory burden while reducing friction?