Principal and Founder
Brendan Cochrane, JD, CAMS is Principal and Founder of CryptoCompli.
Brendan is a Massachusetts-licensed attorney and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with broad legal experience, much of which he accumulated as a business law consultant for international law firms in New York and Seoul, Korea. Brendan has worked as a legal analyst for a Tier-1 Fortune 50 commercial and investment bank where he contributed to the bank's Dodd-Frank compliance program, becoming familiar with each of the bank's lines of business in the process. Brendan's experience includes time at a FinTech startup. There, he oversaw investigations into fraudulent Bitcoin and Ethereum transactions utilizing a leading blockchain forensics analytics tool, and piloted anti-money laundering programs for cryptocurrency Money Services Businesses (MSBs).
Speaking Engagements and Publications:
Brendan speaks on anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance issues related to cryptocurrency to various professional associations, including the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists, and the California Financial Crimes Investigators Association. Speaking topics have ranged from the use of cryptocurrency to evade sanctions, dark web marketplaces and cryptocurrency, central bank digital currency (CBDC's), and the implications of El Salvador's efforts to make Bitcoin legal tender.
Brendan frequently writes on anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance issues related to cryptocurrency as well. He honed his writing skills as Managing Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review after winning membership via a law school writing competition. Brendan attended law school as a Law-in-Action Scholar.
Hobbies and Interests:
Outside of work, Brendan travels every chance he gets, having visited 42 states and 29 countries thus far. When it comes to fall Saturdays, Brendan, a top graduate of the University of Michigan, watches each and every Wolverines football game with great fervor (Brendan will proudly tell you he saw true potential in Michigan alumnus and 6th round draft pick Tom Brady right from the start). Boston Blockchain Association events keep Brendan on top of the latest developments in the blockchain space, and provides a place close to home for Brendan to meet like-minded blockchain folk.
And lastly, but certainly not least, Brendan enjoys learning Mandarin Chinese from his wife, an accomplished neuroscientist, so that he can say silly things to her in her native language.