Edel Gonzalez is a Senior Consultant in Bates Group’s 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, but not limited to, SARs, regulatory reporting, licensing, audit and examinations, etc. 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 began his career in the legal field, working as a law clerk and as a legal compliance specialist and consultant. He received his JD from The University of Miami School of Law and obtained CELOS Certification in International Economic and Finance Law from the University of Augsburg in Germany. A speaker of multiple languages, Mr. Gonzalez holds industry licenses and certifications in Cryptocurrency, GDPR Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, and more.
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