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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Carol R. Van Cleef

Carol R. Van Cleef



  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Corporate and Securities

WSG Practice Industries



Carol Van Cleef is an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in legal issues involving cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. As chair of the firm’s Blockchain and Digital Assets practice, Carol leads the firm’s virtual currencies and blockchain work to help clients navigate the complex, dynamic and rapidly evolving issues in these areas.

With a focus on regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters, Carol has built a global reputation as a leading attorney, counselor and problem solver working with fintech companies, blockchain developers, virtual currency exchanges and wallets, payment processors, prepaid access programs, and other business ventures. Her clients also include banks, securities firms, insurance companies, and money services businesses.

As a certified anti-money laundering (AML) specialist, Carol created a series of AML compliance training programs in partnership with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and attended by state regulators, executives from domestic and foreign banks, securities firms, money services businesses, and other entities.

Carol also developed an AML Compliance Bootcamp for virtual currency and blockchain businesses. She participated in the Uniform Law Commission's efforts to draft a model legal code for virtual currencies.

Carol is a founding member of Collective Future, which fosters global diversity in blockchain and cryptoassets, and is a frequent speaker on cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, virtual currencies, payment systems, and business ventures.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1985
  • District of Columbia, 1996


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1978
Areas of Practice

Banking and Financial Services | Corporate and Securities | Cybersecurity and Privacy | Fintech | International and Cross Border | Payment Systems | Payments | Privacy, Security, and Innovation


Domestic Extremism: New Challenges for AML Compliance Officers and Investigators
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Domestic extremism is not new, but heightened law enforcement scrutiny in the wake of the Capitol riots has added yet another layer of complexity to the jobs of already challenged AML compliance professionals and investigators...

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