Cryptocurrency custodian BitGo has hired New York state’s former BitLicense compliance chief to oversee its multibillion-dollar trust companies.
BitGo’s new chief operating officer, Cassie Lentchner, led the compliance division at the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) from 2016 to 2019. There, she built a supervisory regime for the agency’s nascent crypto-business license, the BitLicense.
Lentchner was most recently senior counsel for cybersecurity at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She was a director for government and compliance affairs at Morgan Stanley and UBS prior to her NYDFS stint.
Lentchner will be COO of both BitGo Trust Co. and BitGo New York Trust. There is no other COO at the company, a spokesperson said.
The hire comes as BitGo prepares for its $1.2 billion merger with Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital to become a full-service crypto shop. For its part, BitGo, which claims $40 billion in custodied crypto, secured a trust charter from New York state in March, generating more potential business opportunities as institutional players eye the field.
Lentchner said Galaxy’s network of trading, lending, investment banking and mining clients give BitGo’s custody business a “fabulous opportunity.”
“Trust is going to get a whole bunch of great new clients and customers,” Lentchner said.
The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.