Edel Gonzalez

Edel Gonzalez

Senior Licensing & Compliance Specialist

egonzalez@batesgroup.com

Edel Gonzalez is a Senior Consultant in Bates Group’s MSB, FinTech and Cryptocurrency Practice. As the Senior Licensing & Compliance Specialist, Mr. Gonzalez is responsible for supporting the licensing needs of its Money Services Business (MSB) clients, including obtaining and renewing MSB-related licenses, as well as other communication with state regulators.

Before joining Bates, Mr. Gonzalez served as Head of Compliance, Americas for PingPong Global Solutions, an online payment processing service provider. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of the Americas regulatory compliance, licensing, AML/CFT and Sanctions programs including, but not limited to, SARs, regulatory reporting, licensing, audit and examinations, etc. Prior to that, Mr. Gonzalez was Regulatory Compliance Manager and later Director of Regulatory Compliance for Skrill USA (Paysafe Group). There, he managed the Merchant Onboarding team and advised merchants on product and service offerings, guiding them through the onboarding process for digital wallets and payment processing services. He also oversaw state MSB and Money Transmitter Licenses (MTL) licensing and renewals and managed state regulatory examination requests.

Mr. Gonzalez began his career in the legal field, working as a law clerk and as a legal compliance specialist and consultant. He received his JD from The University of Miami School of Law and obtained CELOS Certification in International Economic and Finance Law from the University of Augsburg in Germany. A speaker of multiple languages, Mr. Gonzalez holds industry licenses and certifications in Cryptocurrency, GDPR Compliance, Anti-Money Laundering, and more.


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Edel Gonzalez

A Consultant and subject matter expert in these services:

  • AML & Financial Crimes
    • Anti-Money Laundering
    • BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance
    • Money Transmitter Licensing
    • MSB Consulting
    • Virtual and Cryptocurrency Compliance

Credentials

EXPERIENCE

Bates Group, Senior Consultant, Licensing & Compliance Specialist, 2022-present

PingPong Global Solutions, Inc., Head of Compliance, Americas, 2021-2022

Skrill USA Inc., a Paysafe Group Company, 2018-2021

- Director of Regulatory Compliance/ Asst. Secretary to Board of Directors, 2021

- Regulatory Compliance Manager/ Asst. Secretary to Board of Directors, 2018-2021

Daikin Applied Latin America, Due Diligence & Legal Compliance Consultant, 2018

Santander Private Banking International, Contracts & Legal Compliance Consultant, 2017-2018

Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP, Document Review Consultant, 2017

Park Street Imports, Legal Compliance Specialist & Consultant, 2016

Marcell Felipe Attorneys, Law Clerk, 2014-2015

EDUCATION

CELOS Certification, International Economic and Finance Law, Universität Augsburg Juristische Fakultät, Augsburg, Germany, 2013

Juris Doctor (JD), University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Political Science, cum laude, Florida International University, Miami, FL

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Certified Cryptocurrency Expert, Blockchain Council, July 2, 2021

GDPR Compliance Certification, July 3, 2021

FinCEN AML Level 1 Certification, July 3, 2021

FCPA Expert Certification, August 18, 2020

Notary Public, Commission # GG243225, State of Florida, July 29,2018 - July 30, 2022

Trace TASA Certification, Internal Investigations in Latin America (English and Spanish), October 10, 2018

Money Transmitter Regulators Association Certification, September 12, 2019

International Money Transfer Compliance Certification, November 15, 2019

PUBLICATIONS

Press Releases and the Dangers of Insider Trading, Investor Rights Clinic, University of Miami School of Law, September 5, 2014. https://investorrights.law.miami.edu/press-releases-and-the-dangers-of-insider-trading/