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Juan Llanos

Co-founder, EVP and Compliance Officer

Unidos Financial Services, Inc.

Juan is the co-founder, EVP and Compliance Officer of Unidos Financial Services, Inc., an innovative financial services and technology provider catering to merchants and under-banked end consumers in the USA and Latin America.  He is responsible for the formulation and execution of the company’s technology strategy, as well as its AML and compliance risk management infrastructure.  Previously, he was Chief Compliance Officer of Remesas Quisqueyana, Inc. in New York City.


He is a member of the Bitcoin Foundation's Regulatory Affairs  and Education Committees, writes about risk and virtual currencies in his blog (ContrarianCompliance.com), and is advisor to and a board member of several virtual currency start-ups.


Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist since 2003, Juan has over a decade’s experience of building and managing AML/CFT and regulatory compliance programs for multiple international jurisdictions, including Canada, Italy, the United States and Spain, and is recognized as a pioneer in the development of compliance and risk management best practices for the money transfer industry. 


Juan has been a lecturer, moderator, panelist and organizer of Anti-Money Laundering, Regulatory Compliance, and Bitcoin conferences, seminars, workshops and webcasts on dozens of occasions.  He is an international thought leader in applied technology, hands-on skills for success, operational excellence and leadership in the AML Compliance and e-payments domains. 


In August of 2008, Juan was granted permanent resident status by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services by reason of extraordinary ability in the fields of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT).