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Jan 03, 2023

Crypto firm Dinara hires general counsel and compliance head

Firm provides services including digital asset custody and fiat-crypto and crypto-crypto conversions

Start-up crypto company Dinara has hired Yanire Martes as general counsel and Victor Guerra as head of compliance. In their new roles, Guerra reports to Martes and Martes reports to Dinara CEO and co-founder Laurence Latimer.

Martes was previously head of legal for the Americas at OANDA Corporation. In that role she was in charge of legal and regulatory matters for the US launch of crypto-currencies and other crypto product and trading offerings.

Earlier in her career, Martes was an Axiom Law attorney at Morgan Stanley, working with the firm’s derivatives sales and trading desks and Latin America clients. Before that, she was legal counsel at Redd Intelligence and assistant general counsel at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.

Before joining Dinara, Guerra was chief compliance officer for PrePaid-USA, where he oversaw Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering, Office of Foreign Assets Control, fraud and compliance matters and reported to the board of directors.

Guerra was previously assistant vice president in the central risk and controls office at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Earlier in his career, he was supervisor of a financial intelligence unit at California United Bank and vice president in the head of fraud and operations risk office at East West Bank.

Dinara provides services including digital asset custody and fiat-crypto and crypto-crypto conversions.

Latimer says in a statement: ‘We are excited to welcome Yanire and Victor to the Dinara team where they will play crucial roles in further developing the compliance and regulatory infrastructure that is foundational to our success. Both Yanire and Victor bring extensive experience in fintech, capital markets and regulatory compliance and now, more than ever, this expertise will be critical to fostering trust and expanding our client offerings.

‘As the digital asset industry matures, customers are rightfully demanding business model transparency and robust compliance platforms as a prerequisite to doing business. These hires are the latest example of Dinara’s commitment to building a culture that is built on transparency, a strong compliance foundation and putting the customer first.’

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...