Bates Group welcomes Michael Lindemann, Director and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, to Bates Group’s MSB, FinTech and Cryptocurrency Practice. Mr. Lindemann joins Bates with more than 15 years of experience as a Financial Services and Compliance professional. Prior to joining Bates, Mr. Lindemann served as Chief Compliance Officer for Monex USA (formerly Tempus), where he oversaw legal, AML and licensing, and was responsible for the creation and maintenance of all AML compliance manuals, policies, and procedures, as well as company AML and compliance policies. Prior to joining Bates, he served as a senior analyst for Citi, where he initiated, processed, concluded, and documented investigations aimed at mitigating corporate risk in accordance with Know Your Customer (KYC) and Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD), USA PATRIOT Act, and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requirements. He has also held analyst and manager positions at Regions Financial and Wells Fargo.
Bates also welcomes Edel Gonzalez, Senior Consultant, to our MSB, FinTech and Cryptocurrency Practice. As the Senior Licensing & Compliance Specialist, Mr. Gonzalez is responsible for supporting the licensing needs of its Money Services Business (MSB) clients, including obtaining and renewing MSB-related licenses, as well as other communication with state regulators. Before joining Bates, Mr. Gonzalez served as Head of Compliance, Americas for PingPong Global Solutions, an online payment processing service provider. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of the Americas regulatory compliance, licensing, AML/CFT and Sanctions programs including SARs, regulatory reporting, licensing, audit and examinations. Prior to that, Mr. Gonzalez was Regulatory Compliance Manager and later Director of Regulatory Compliance for Skrill USA (Paysafe Group). There, he managed the Merchant Onboarding team and advised merchants on product and service offerings, guiding them through the onboarding process for digital wallets and payment processing services. He also oversaw state MSB and Money Transmitter Licenses (MTL) licensing and renewals and managed state regulatory examination requests. Mr. Gonzalez holds industry licenses and certifications in Cryptocurrency, GDPR Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, and more.
About Bates MSB, FinTech and Cryptocurrency Services
Bates Group’s MSB, FinTech and Cryptocurrency practice offers guidance and services for Money Services Businesses and Non-Banking Financial institutions, fintech and cryptocurrency firms. Our crypto subject matter experts work directly with firms and counsel to design and implement policies to ensure they are AML-compliant. Our MSB and AML Teams help obtain and maintain Money Transmitter Licensing, and they also engage clients with BSA/AML/OFAC Program Development, Risk Management, Training, Advisory Services, and Independent Reviews.