Carol R. Van Cleef is of counsel with LBKM. She has over 40 years’ experience as a lawyer and consultant in the financial services industry, including more than 20 years as a partner in AML 100 law firms. Ms. Van Cleef counsels a wide range of clients on blockchain, fintech and related compliance issues. In addition to advising on a number of rapidly evolving issues involving decentralized finance (DeFi), stablecoins, central bank digital currencies, token issuances and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), she has an expertise in federal and state banking and money transmitter regulation, anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance, and other payments-related issues.
Ms. Van Cleef is a past president of Women in Housing and Finance and currently chairs the Digital Asset and Blockchain Forum. She is founding member of the Association of Women in Crypto. She is a member of the board of directors of the not-for-profit Travel Rule Information Sharing Alliance (TRISA), and participates in a number of other trade-related groups.
She created and chairs the annual Crypto Summit at the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crimes. She is also a founder of the Cambridge Crypto Compliance Consortium. She is a frequent speaker on cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, virtual currencies, payment systems, and related compliance issues.
Ms. Van Cleef is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
She was honored to be named to Forbes’ inaugural 50 Over 50 (Investment).
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- Chair, Digital Asset and Blockchain Forum
- Founding Member, Association of Women in Crypto
- Founder, Cambridge Crypto Compliance Consortium
In the News
Carol Van Cleef provided analysis in Money Laundering Bulletin on attempts by regulators to bring the cryptocurrency sector under AML/CFT control.Money Laundering Bulletin, February 26, 2024
Carol Van Cleef was quoted in Money Laundering Bulletin on the dynamic compliance frontline of sanctions enforcement.Money Laundering Bulletin, February 19, 2024