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Eqonex elects seasoned chief compliance officer

Eqonex Limited (NASDAQ: Eqos), a digital assets financial services company, is pleased to announce the appointment of seasoned crypto compliance leader, Evelien van den Arend to the role of chief compliance officer, to be based in London.
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As global regulation of digital assets continues to evolve at a rapid pace, Eqonex has built its business with the purpose of creating the world’s most trusted, compliant crypto ecosystem for both institutional and retail investors.

In her role at Eqonex, Arend will lead the regulatory compliance function across the company’s entire product ecosystem spanning the Eqonex cryptocurrency exchange, over-the-counter trading platform, access trading, a securitisation advisory service, a custody solution called Digivault, and asset management.

Seasoned leader

Arend brings to Eqonex more than 15 years of experience leading compliance and regulation programs at financial services companies. Most recently Arend spent two and a half years at crypto exchange Kraken managing their strategic initiatives and overseeing compliance and regulatory affairs.

Prior to her role at Kraken, Arend held a series of executive positions at CME Group including senior director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for EMEA and director of Legal and Regulatory (Trading) EMEA. Prior to that, Arend was a legal and compliance counsellor at Turquoise and a legal and regulatory affairs manager at Euronext.

Best-in-class solutions

Speaking on the appointment, Richard Byworth, chief executive at Eqonex said: “Eqonex was created with the purpose of democratising access to crypto and driving the industry forward by delivering best-in-class, regulated, compliant solutions for investors. A regulation-first approach is core to our operations.

“We are delighted to welcome Evelien to our team during this time of continued expansion of the Eqonex platform. Her impressive background and experience in digital asset regulatory issues will help us to continue playing a role in defining international best-practice standards for this sector.”

In joining Eqonex, Arend said: “As the first crypto ecosystem to list publicly in the US, Eqonex has been a true leader in driving meaningful change and enhanced investor protections. I am excited to join the team at this pivotal moment in both the company and industry’s trajectory, and I look forward to leading the company’s ongoing compliance best-practice efforts.”

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