#25 - FinCEN & Digital Privacy
A discussion with former Acting Director of FinCEN, Michael Mosier.
Michael Mosier (@M_Mosier) is the General Counsel at ESPRESSO Systems, a scaling & privacy solution for Web3 applications. Michael was formerly the first in-house Counsel at cryptocurrency analytics and investigations firm Chainalysis.
Michael was previously Acting Director, as well as permanent Deputy Director & Digital Innovation Officer of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury Department. As Acting Director, he oversaw FinCEN’s wide-ranging work to promote financial integrity and national security. As Digital Innovation Officer, he was dedicated to advancing FinCEN’s engagement with emerging technology and financial innovation.
Previously, Michael served as Associate Director at Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Before joining Treasury, Michael was Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section. He also served a tour at the White House National Security Council as Director for Transnational Organized Crime.
In this episode, we discuss his career in public service, what FinCEN is and why it's important, and what the future of privacy looks like in America.
[1:50] Genesis Block
[14:00] Money Laundering & Crypto
[29:00] Espresso Systems
[35:00] General Counsel Role
[44:00] Habits & Life Advice
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Michael has more experience in the public service sector than anyone I’ve interviewed yet. This discussion sheds light on the operations of an important crypto-regulator, FinCEN. Hope you enjoy.
- Jacob Robinson