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Claiborne (Clay) W. Porter

Co-Founder of Arktouros PLLC

Claiborne (Clay) W. Porter is a co-founder of Arktouros PLLC.  Clay previously served as the Chief Legal Officer of a technology company providing risk management tools to web3.  Clay was a partner at a leading international law firm where he specialized in financial crimes compliance and defense, with a focus on cryptocurrency, payments systems, decentralized finance, and FATF compliance.  Clay was also a consultant at a leading international consulting firm where he designed and reviewed AML and economic sanctions compliance programs for cryptocurrency exchangers and payment services companies.  Clay has extensive experience conducting anti-money laundering and U.S. economic sanctions risk assessments and compliance reviews, including risk assessments for cryptocurrency exchanges, brokers-dealers, and money services businesses.  Clay’s practice includes assisting countries prepare for FATF reviews.

Prior to his move to the private sector,  Clay held a number of supervisory roles in the United States Department of Justice's Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section ("MLARS"), including Acting Principal Deputy Chief of MLARS and Chief of the Bank Integrity Unit.  In those roles, Clay supervised complex international investigations and prosecutions (AML, sanctions, and corruption-related prosecutions) of financial services companies, assisted DOJ and interagency policymakers in developing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives to combat global illicit finance, and supervised the DOJ's efforts to find and return forfeited criminal proceeds to victims of crime. Clay often worked closely with foreign law enforcement and regulators. Prior to his federal government service, Clay was an associate with two international law firms in New York City and an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where he prosecuted violent crime.

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