The U.S.’ leading cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, announced today that it has hired Anti Money Laundering (AML) expert Jeff Horowitz to act as the company’s new Chief Compliance Officer. The acquisition of Horowitz may serve as an effective attempt on the part of Coinbase to garner further trust in the eyes of major financial institutions and federal regulatory bodies.
“From our earliest days as a company, Coinbase committed itself to being the world’s most trusted and easiest to use cryptocurrency service,” writes Coinbase President Asiff Hirji in an announcement published today. “Adding Jeff to our team is one more important step along this journey. His experience, vision and judgment will be incredibly valuable as we continue to expand into new markets, and add new services such as Coinbase Custody and our recently announced acquisition of a licensed broker-dealer.”
Jeff Horowitz is an expert in the field of global compliance and AML management, having spent nearly 12 years acting in leadership positions at both major banking institutions and federal regulatory groups.
Horowitz has been serving as the managing director and global head of compliance at Pershing LLC for the last three years. During this time, Horowitz was responsible for overseeing the company’s regulatory compliance program. Prior to that, Horowitz was brought on to act as the global head of AML and compliance programs at Pershing. He has served in similar roles at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Salomon Brothers.
Before entering into the corporate sphere, Horowitz served as a banking regulator with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He is also a two-time serving member of FinCEN’s Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG).
“Jeff actively helps shape regulation and industry best practices through his roles on numerous industry and regulatory committees,” reads today’s announcement. “These include the Security Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) Compliance and Regulatory Policy Committee, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Compliance and Advisory Committee. His experience managing matters related to broker-dealer regulation, asset custodianship, and AML programs makes him a uniquely qualified leader for our compliance team.”
This latest hire by Coinbase will likely serve a critical role in the company’s biggest expansionary period to date. The San Francisco-based exchange is currently in the midst of adding key services like Coinbase Custody, which are directly aimed at institutional investors, while simultaneously charting the course to become the first company to list SEC-regulated crypto securities.
As mentioned above, Coinbase is the leading cryptocurrency exchange in the United States. Founded in 2012, Coinbase now has over 20 million users and has traded upwards of $150 billion in volume since its inception.
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