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  1. Carol Van Cleef is co-chair of the Global Payments practice group and a member of the Financial Services and Banking practice. She represents financial services companies and other clients in federal and state regulatory, compliance, and enforcement matters, including anti-money laundering, electronic payments, federal deposit insurance, and other bank regulatory issues. She counsels banking organizations, credit unions, securities firms, insurance companies, finance companies, money service businesses and hedge funds, among others.

  2. Ms. Van Cleef has significant experience working with all types of MSBs (including domestic and foreign money remitters, bill payment systems, check cashers, currency dealers/exchangers), third-party payment processors, stored value (prepaid card) programs, and other alternative payment systems regarding state money transmitter licensing and regulatory requirements, federal MSB registration, BSA/AML compliance, privacy and information security programs. She has represented publicly traded companies and private equity funds in purchasing and selling bill payment companies, money transmitters and other types of money services businesses. Ms. Van Cleef also has worked closely with the management and shareholders of money services businesses seeking new funding sources and confronting bankruptcy. She is the author of the legal/regulatory section of the National Automated Clearing House Association's popular 2007 Guidelines for Billers and Walk-in Payment Providers. A Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Ms. Van Cleef is a frequent speaker on AML compliance-related issues and a member of the Editorial Task Force of ACAMS Today. She has created a series of highly acclaimed AML compliance training programs sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, including the Boot Camp for BSA/AML Compliance Professionals, the Mini-Boot Camp for Developing Prepaid Card AML Compliance Programs, and an intermediate course, Officer Training for BSA/AML Professionals. These programs have been attended by regulators from more than 45 states and representatives of domestic and foreign banks, securities firms, MSBs and other companies.

  3. Ms. Van Cleef regularly advises clients on compliance with the USA Patriot Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations. She assists clients in developing, reviewing, and enhancing BSA, AML, and OFAC compliance programs. She also works with clients in analyzing implementation of their automated BSA/AML compliance solutions, addressing enforcement actions and preparing for regulatory examinations and independent compliance reviews.

  4. In addition to CSBS, Ms. Van Cleef works closely with the Money Transmitter Regulators Association and the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors. She is an active member of NACHA's Council for Electronic Billing and Payment. Ms. Van Cleef has served as the vice-chair of the Legislative Process and Lobbying Committee of the American Bar Association's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section and a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Bar Association's Banking Law Committee. She is a past president of Women in Housing and Finance.

  1. Mr. Collazo has the distinction of being the longest serving CEO of any company within the telecommunications industry

  2. Mr. Collazo serves as non-executive Vice Chairman of Form I-9 Compliance LLC, a software-as-a-service provider specializing in the field of USA right to work services. He is also an Independent Director with Clearwire Corporation’s Board of Directors. Clearwire is a NASDAQ listed company, created by Sprint, Google, Intel, Comcast, and Time Warner Inc., rolling out a nationwide 4G Wi-Max communications network

  3. Mr. Collazo was instrumental in the start-up of Infonet Services Corporation in 1969. He became CEO in 1975, Chairman and CEO in 1985 and continued in that position as the company went public on the NYSE in 1999. At that time, this ten billion dollar IPO was the largest within its industry segment.  Mr. Collazo was a major contributor to the development of global value added data communication services, making Infonet Services Corporation a market’s recognized leader for deploying Network Based Critical Global Applications with operations in more than 75 countries. Infonet was acquired by BT PLC, the English telecom operator, in 2005. Mr. Collazo was appointed to the position of President Products and Services of BT Global services in 2007, a position from which he retired in January of 2009




  4. Harry joined Columbia Capital in 1994 and focuses primarily on Mobility and Enterprise IT Services investments. Harry is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mobi PCS and Open Mobile.  His past board seats include Affinity Internet (acquired by Hostway), Broadslate Networks (acquired by DSL.net), Cellular One of East Texas (acquired by MTPCS), Columbia Spectrum Management (acquired by P-Com), Digital Television Services (acquired by Pegasus Communications), DSL.net (NASDAQ: DSLN), Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX), MetroPCS Communications (NYSE: PCS), Pegasus Communications (NASDAQ: PGTV), Pihana Pacific (acquired by Equinix), Public Mobile and Xemod (acquired by Sirenza Microdevices). Previously, Harry served as President of The Columbia Group, Inc., Columbia Capital's former affiliated investment bank. Prior to joining Columbia Capital, Harry served as Executive Vice President of Bachtel Cellular Liquidity, LP, a wireless investment fund. Prior to Bachtel, he was the founder of Sky Broadcasting Corporation and AFSC Corporation, and, earlier, a corporate finance and transaction lawyer.  Harry received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.

José Collazo

Carol VanCleef

Harry Hopper