USA based popular cryptocurrency exchange Gemini recently made an announcement stating that it has hired a new Chief Compliance Officer. The Winklevoss brothers backed Gemini exchange was recently in news owing to its controversial battle with SEC on delay in approval process of its Bitcoin ETF and decision to provide service to institutional clients before approval is granted by SEC. The firm has now onboarded former Morgan Stanley executive Noah Perlman as its Chief Compliance Officer. In his new role as CCO, Noah is responsible for leading the cryptocurrency exchange’s compliance program while also focusing on Anti Money Laundering and Market Surveillance activities. Prior to joining the firm, Noah served at Morgan Stanley for nearly 13- years having held the role of Global Head of Financial Crimes at time of his resignation from the firm.
In his capacity as Global Head of Financial Crimes, Noah served as division counsel for USDEA – United States Drug Enforcement Administration for their New York branch. He has also served as Assistance United States Attorney of Eastern District of New York and held several key supervisory post such as special Co-ordinator for crimes against children and as deputy chief of narcotics section. His experience in US legal industry and investment bank has made him highly experienced and knowledgeable in several areas of financial service industry such as legal and compliance for governance, oversight and execution of Anti Money Laundering rules. He is also an expert in Sanctions, Anti-Boycott, Anti-Corruption and government and political activities program which makes him an ideal candidate for the role of Chief Compliance Officer.
The crypto exchange aims at leveraging his expertise in legal and compliance areas to ensure smooth and hazzle free business operations. His appointment at the firm comes within weeks after the firm recently hired cyber security expert David Damato to serve as Chief Security Officer. Speaking about the firm’s decision to hire Noah, Tyler Winklevoss, CEO and Co-Founder of the firm commented, “Gemini’s philosophy of asking for permission, not forgiveness, is a first in the crypto industry. Compliance is one of Gemini’s four pillars along with Product, Licensing, and Security. Noah has deep compliance expertise and we are excited for him to continue to build on Gemini’s compliance-first tradition”. It should also be noted that the firm is currently very focused on expanding its footprint outside of USA having most recently made provision to accept clients from Australia.
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