Blockchain.com announced that it has nominated CJ Rinaldi as its Chief Compliance Officer, effective from October 2021.
In an official press release shared with Finance Magnates, CJ Rinaldi, a financial executive veteran with three decades of experience, has been named by Blockchain.com, a leading cryptocurrency services provider, as its new Chief Compliance Officer.
Rinaldi brings extensive knowledge and experience in regulatory compliance to Blockchain.com and digital finance in general. In the new position, he will develop the crypto services provider’s established global compliance frameworks. Further, he will diminish compliance risk, preside over client lifecycle management and expand the compliance team.
Moreover, he will broaden the current financial crime and regulatory compliance frameworks. Thus, he will fabricate a compliance program that will shelter Blockchain.com’s customers, team and the company as a whole.
Commenting on the announcement, Peter Smith CEO and Co-Founder mentioned: “As crypto goes mainstream, it’s more important than ever for Blockchain.com to set the highest standards for protecting consumers and fighting illicit activity. That’s why I’m proud to officially welcome CJ Rinaldi as our global Chief Compliance Officer.”
Rinaldi’s Employment Background
Prior to the news, Rinaldi served Deutsche Bank Securities as its MD and Head of Markets Compliance in the Americas, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Earlier on, he joined the ranks of Deutsche Bank in the summer of 2013 as MD and Global Client Business Manager. During this time, he drove the cross-functional teams that executed strategic onboarding, KYC/AML, client strategy and communications. After four years, he became the MD / Head of Business Line Anti-Financial Crimes Compliance for the Investment Bank. He led the global business-aligned team that strategically mitigates financial crime risk.
In addition, UBS Investment Bank recruited Rinaldi in August 2020 as its Global Head, Client Infrastructure in Senior Relationship Management Team, Managing Director. For the next few years, he constructed a sales leadership team that strengthened top HF/asset manager relationships and increased revenues.
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In mid-2008, Bridgewater Associates took advantage of his skill set by employing him as a Manager of Counterparty Relations. He spent over two years driving strategy and team oversight of bank relationships, trading documentation and risk mitigation.
Before that, Rinaldi spent just over seven years at UBS Limited. Initially, he was the legal adviser on Transactions, Derivatives and Capital Markets. After making a healthy contribution, the company elevated him to Head of Equities Compliance for the EMEA Region. Not long after, he received a second promotion to the position of Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities Transaction Risk Manager in the EMEA.
Before the turn of the century, he spent some time as a Senior Associate/Transactions Attorney at Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells.
Rinaldi’s earliest known place of employment began in September 1991 at the US Securities and Exchange Commission as its Senior Counsel of the Enforcement Division.
A Proven Leader with Deep Experience
“Mitigating financial crime and risk isn’t easy and when overlaying the rapidly evolving regulatory environment for crypto, it takes a proven leader with deep experience and relationships with policymakers and the wider financial community to be successful,” Smith added.
In the last decade, Blockchain.com has taken compliance seriously and have made it a principal function of the organisation.