We’re on a mission to make crypto transactions a part of the everyday economy.

How we got here

At Notabene, our vision is clear - to make crypto transactions a part of the everyday economy.

Established in 2020, Notabene emerged in response to the exciting challenges that stood between the crypto industry and its enormous potential. Among these was the implementation of FATF's Crypto Travel Rule. We viewed this not as a hurdle, but as an essential foundation, a vital stepping stone towards bringing trust and legitimacy to the space. 

Two of our founders, Pelle and Andres, personally experienced the challenges of regulatory compliance while running their early Bitcoin startups (Kipochi, Mondome, Yaykuy, and 37coins). These startups faced closure due to regulatory uncertainty and the loss of support from financial institutions.

Determined to turn the tide, Notabene set out to create a solution that would bring clarity to crypto compliance. This led to us building a solution based on a trusted data layer that seamlessly integrates into blockchain transactions.

Today, Notabene's SafeTransact platform helps financial institutions and crypto businesses unlock their full potential in the digital economy. With a focus on security, privacy, and end-user experience, Notabene customers use our multi-source data and software to automate real-time decision-making, perform counterparty sanctions screening, identify self-hosted wallets, and complete the smooth roll out of Travel Rule compliance, all in line with global and local regulations.

This is only the beginning. Our vision is to create a world where crypto is a natural and secure part of financial transactions. We are committed to simplifying global regulatory compliance to unlock the true potential of cryptocurrency.

Meet the founders

Our founding team brings together a wealth of experience from diverse fields, including banking infrastructure, self-sovereign identity, blockchain, crypto financial products, data integration, product design and user experience. Our team's backgrounds are enriched by diverse experiences from institutions such as Consensys, Harvard, Deutsche Bank, Justworks, and Yaykuy - one of Latin America's pioneer crypto trading platforms.

Previously, our veteran entrepreneurs created uPort, a groundbreaking ConsenSys identity startup that established the foundational standards for privacy and identity using blockchains. This pioneering initiative paved the way for adopting user-controlled data and self-sovereign identity concepts now being embraced by governments and companies worldwide.

Some recent adoptions of these principles include Apple's SMART Health Cards, the European Union's SSI eIDAS initiative, the Inter-American Development Bank's LACChain initiative, and Alastria ID

Join us as we continue to break new ground, fostering a world where crypto is an integral part of the everyday economy.

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Pelle Braendgaard


As an early member of the Financial Crypto community, Pelle built pre-blockchain crypto platforms, helped develop OAuth, and brought Bitcoin to Africa with Kipochi. He brings over 25 years of experience working in fintech, banking, blockchain, and decentralized identity in Europe, the US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
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Ania Lipinska


Ania was previously a product designer at uPort (ConsenSys), where she led projects focused on translating the complexity of decentralized identity into simple user flows. Ania brings a decade of experience in product design, strategy, management, and research.
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Andrés Junge


Andrés is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Notabene. He built the first Bitcoin exchange in Chile (and one of the first in Latin America) and co-founded Ethereum’s self-sovereign identity platform, uPort. Junge brings more than 25 years of experience building complex systems for the private and public sector, including banks, healthcare, and insurance.
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Alice Nawfal


Alice was previously Chief Operating Officer at uPort, the Identity platform from ConsenSys built on Ethereum. Prior to blockchain, Nawfal worked as a Management Consultant at Bain & Co. She holds a public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an MBA from the Wharton School. Nawfal brings a combination of business operations, analytics, and policy experience to Notabene.
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See what our investors have to say

Luno has really enjoyed working with the very talented Notabene team to implement our Travel Rule Compliance Framework and we're delighted to continue to be a part of their journey to help more crypto companies globally ensure effective regulatory compliance using the industry-leading Notabene products.

Marcus Swanepoel

CEO of Luno

The regulatory scene for the crypto industry is a fast-changing field, and Notabane's recent round of funding will allow increased support for companies like Bitso that are constantly seeking innovative ways to comply with regulation.

Felipe Vallejo

Chief Regulatory Officer at Bitso

Meet the team

Bruno Simplicio

Software Engineer

Catarina Veloso

Regulatory & Compliance, Senior Associate

Chris Rushton

Business Development Lead, EMEA

Dennis Williams

Software Engineer

Ilya Nevolin

Lead Software Engineer

Lesa Moné

Head of Content

Lluis Suros

Software Engineer

Michele Marrali

Solution Engineer

Omri Nuri

Software Engineer

Niels Toft Allerup

Business Development Lead, APAC

Richard Crosby

Head of Engineering

Christoffer Nilsvik

Solution Engineer

Abigail Bryant Spolar

Head of Customer Success

Lauren Nichols

Head of Business Development

Derek Zhao

Business Operations Lead

Sacha Lowenthal

Head of Marketing

David Gallego

Senior Software Engineer

Bryce Hedrick

Business Development Lead, Americas

Marie-Hélène Mai

Lead Software Engineer

Anastasiia Kostrub

Senior Product Manager

Grace Gan

Customer Success Manager, APAC

Alaeddine Beljebbar

Senior Software Engineer

Emanuel Clodeanu

Customer Support Specialist

Timothy Kyadondo

Senior Software Engineer

Matt Aberdein

Head of Product

Lana Schwartzman

Head of Regulatory and Compliance

Meet the advisors

Charles V. Senatore

Former SEC Southeast Regional Director

Current Board Member and Audit Committee Chair at Fidelity Digital Asset Services, LLC.

Chuck brings 30+ years of experience, from Head of Risk Oversight for Fidelity Investments’ Devonshire Investors unit, leading Fidelity’s global compliance and ethics function and serving as the firm’s head of regulatory coordination and strategy. Before joining Fidelity, Chuck was Co-Head of Global Compliance at Merrill Lynch and led the firm’s Regulatory Affairs Group. Chuck was also an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Public Corruption Section in the Southern District of Florida.

Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann

Former President at Citibank, California

Former CEO at Banamex USA

Former Board Member at Revolut U.S.

Currently Board Director of BCSAU Nasdaq and Flutterwave

Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann is a versatile, seasoned CEO with broad leadership experience as a Financial Services Leader in sales & marketing, risk management, and international business operations. Rebecca spent more than 11 years at Citigroup, serving in a range of CEO, President, and General Manager roles. Previously Head of Citigroup’s International Personal Bank, Rebecca was brought into multiple companies as the transformation leader to bring a culture of risk management, control, and regulatory compliance to the forefront.

Industry working groups

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Travel Rule Protocol Working Group
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