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.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Chair, Digital Asset and Blockchain Forum
  • Founding Member, Association of Women in Crypto
  • Founder, Cambridge Crypto Compliance Consortium

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  • American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1984)
  • Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S. 1978)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia