Cryptocurrency firm hires DOJ veteran as general counsel

Cryptocurrency trading company B2C2 has appointed former FBI agent and federal prosecutor Dean Sovolos as its new general counsel.

Sovolos most recently served as a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.

B2C2, which was founded in 2015, is based in London and has offices in Jersey City and Japan. It was acquired by Japanese finance outfit SBI last year.

Sovolos led many high-profile international investigations involving terrorism, money laundering, sanctions evasions, economic espionage, cybercrime, Bank Secrecy Act, securities fraud and bank fraud. He has conducted numerous investigations and prosecutions with U.S. and foreign law enforcement, intelligence services, and regulators.

During his time with the FBI, Sovolos acted as a legal adviser to executive management and investigators, as well as overseeing compliance with FBI and DOJ Policy. As an FBI special agent, he was appointed to serve overseas as acting FBI assistant legal attaché, including at the U.S. embassies in London and Paris, and was the lead case agent on numerous high-profile extraterritorial cases.

“We’re thrilled to have Dean join B2C2. His distinguished career at the Department of Justice, working in parallel with U.S. and foreign partners and regulators, will reinforce our ability to raise industry standards as we prepare for regulatory changes ahead,” Rob Catalanello, co-CEO of B2C2, said. “Our product offering is fast-expanding to best meet the needs of our counterparts and we look forward to building on our position as the counterparty of choice in the global crypto market.”