Sven Niederheide joins Blockchain.com as Head of Legal and Compliance for Germany
As our global business scales, we maintain a commitment to upholding the highest standards of compliance in every market we serve. Regulators across the world are thoughtfully discussing ways to protect consumers while supporting innovation in the industry. Nowhere is crypto regulation more robust and advanced than in Germany, where our team continues to grow.
Sven Niederheide, the newest member of our German team, joins us as Head of Legal and Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO), and is based in Hamburg. With nearly 20 years of management experience in banking, payments, and fintech within Germany, the UK, and Europe, Sven specializes in helping to scale businesses through strategic banking and payments licensing. He has extensive experience working with regulators in Germany, Europe and the United States, handling crypto regulation, corporate and regulatory compliance, open banking, anti-money laundering, and more.
A former Chief Compliance Officer for a number of German banks and financial services companies, Sven is no stranger to navigating complex regulatory landscapes. Most recently, Sven led compliance for neobank N26. He also built the compliance function from scratch at B2B fintech company Nufin, automotive financial services firm GMAC, as well as all of GE Capital’s businesses in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. In his role as Chief Governance Officer for Hamburg Commercial Bank, Sven supported a turnaround from a state-owned entity to what has now become one of the most profitable private banks in Germany.
The largest economy in Europe, Germany is led by a pro-blockchain government and boasts high crypto adoption rates. Sven will be instrumental in supporting our efforts to work alongside regulators and acquire the appropriate licenses in Europe and beyond. As we work to build the future of finance, we look forward to providing more access to crypto directly from the heart of Europe.