Michael Saxon is a Senior Director with Treliant. His leadership experience in the public and private sectors spans over three decades. Michael regularly advises consultants and clients on blockchain technologies; operations and compliance systems in the virtual currency space; processes mitigating anti-money laundering and sanctions risk; and compliance systems and regulatory matters.

Michael is a retired U.S. Army officer, combat veteran, and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served on the faculty of West Point for 10 years, culminating in his directing West Point’s ethics education program. Since leaving service, he has led numerous projects that supported many of the most prominent companies in the cryptocurrency space.

Past engagements include: serving as project manager and primary author for a crypto startup “go-to-market” compliance risk assessment, road map, and program development project; serving as Interim BSA Compliance Officer for a U.S.-based crypto on-ramp technology provider, responsible for risk assessment and mitigation, program development and assessment, and all financial crimes compliance operations for the U.S. marketplace; and serving as team leader for a global digital currency exchange’s financial crimes investigation project, providing financial crimes investigations support, including investigation procedures, blockchain analysis, suspicious activity report (SAR) writing and reporting, direct and indirect exposure investigations, and quality assurance/quality control.

He has also served as a team leader for a global digital currency exchange’s compliance process improvement initiative with a team of more than 80 investigators, focused on mitigating customer anti-money laundering/Bank Secrecy Act (AML/BSA) risk, leveraging technology and research methods to address account activity and linkage, source of funds, enhanced due diligence, deep web research, and SARs and sanctions. He then served as a senior advisor to the exchange’s Customer Disputes and Regulatory Division, where he analyzed, managed, and scaled customer and third-party dispute functions and related litigation, as well as engagement with state and federal regulators to address inquiries, investigations, subpoenas, and consumer complaints.

Michael has created and conducted blockchain and cryptocurrency training for executives and analysts and presented on blockchain technologies, cryptocurrency, and other virtual assets, as well as ethics, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and robotics.

Michael holds a BS from West Point and an MA and PhD from Indiana University. He holds certifications in interorganizational planning and in organizational strategy.

Areas of Specialization

  • AML Program and Process Improvement
  • Blockchain
  • Blockchain Analysis
  • Compliance Programs
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Due Diligence
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Financial Crimes Investigations in the Virtual Asset Space
  • FinTech Compliance
  • Litigation Strategy in the Virtual Asset Space
  • Operational Risk
  • Process and Program Improvement
  • Regulatory Responses in the Virtual Asset Space
  • Risk Assessments
  • Suspicious Activity Reporting
  • Third-Party Risk Mitigation
  • Virtual Assets