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Carol Van Cleef

2318 Mill Road
Suite 1100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone:  703.647.5921
Fax:  703.647.5981
815 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 620
Washington, District of Columbia 20006


Carol Van Cleef maintains a practice that guides her clients through the growing web of laws and regulations surrounding 21st century financial services.

Carol provides counsel to a full spectrum of banks, securities firms, insurance companies, and money services operating globally. She is known as a go-to attorney for blockchain developers, virtual currency exchanges and wallets, FinTech companies, payment processors, prepaid access providers, and other software developers.

Additionally, she advises clients on structuring and operating business models to address key legal and regulatory considerations; developing and enhancing anti-money laundering compliance programs; preparing for examinations by federal banking regulators, the Internal Revenue Service (for money services businesses) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and addressing federal and state regulatory enforcement actions.

As a certified anti-money laundering (AML) specialist, Carol created a series of AML compliance training programs sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and attended by state regulators, executives from domestic and foreign banks, securities firms, money services businesses, and other entities. She also developed and leads an AML Compliance Bootcamp for Virtual Currency and Blockchain Businesses. She has participated in the Uniform Law Commission's efforts to draft a model legal code for virtual currencies.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Cryptolina 2018, Raleigh, North Carolina, June 15, 2018
  • Speaker, NASBA Eastern and Western Regional Meetings, June 2018
  • Speaker, "Remediating an ICO - What to Do After the ICO to Clean It UP," Blockchain Law Summit, May 24, 2018
  • Speaker, Blockchain for Lawyers, New York City Bar Center for CLE Programs, May 10, 2018
  • Speaker, 2018 Angel Capital Association Summit, April 18 - 20, 2018
  • Speaker, ACI’s FinTech and Emerging Payment Systems Conference, April 30 and May 1, 2018


  • Ranked by the Chambers Professional Advisers FinTech Guide 2018 in Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies - Globalwide

Related Industries


  • J.D., American University, Washington College of Law
  • B.S.F.S., Georgetown University

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia