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Orrick’s “On the Chain” blog aims to help our clients stay on top of blockchain and cryptocurrency issues globally. Explore “On the Chain” as our global team brings to focus matters relating to emerging standards and governance, regulation, security, data privacy, and other important trends evolving in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem. In addition, as a founding member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, we are helping shape the standards and governance in the global legal industry regarding the use of blockchain technology.

EDITORS:

 

Dan NathanDan Nathan
Partner
Washington, D.C., New York
Chris AustinChris Austin
Partner
New York, Silicon Valley
Daniel Nathan uses his deep enforcement and regulatory experience to represent U.S. and international financial institutions and individuals before financial regulators. In particular, Dan brings his 25 years of experience as a senior enforcement official with the SEC, CFTC and FINRA to help blockchain and cryptocurrency companies – including issuers and exchanges – innovate while complying with a host of regulatory regimes. As co-head of Orrick’s Blockchain Working Group, he is particularly adept at bringing together the firm’s regulatory, technology and litigation specialists to meet the firm’s clients’ needs. Christopher Austin is global co-head of Orrick’s Capital Markets practice and global co-chair of Orrick’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice. He focuses on capital markets, cryptocurrency, venture capital and corporate law, with extensive experience in public offerings, public and private company governance and securities law compliance. With a combination of securities law, fintech and startup experience, Chris has become a recognized leader and frequent speaker on cryptocurrency and blockchain matters, working with companies such as Hedera (Hashgraph), Threefold Foundation and others on issues around token sales, SAFT offerings and securities law compliance.
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Jacqui HatfieldJacqui Hatfield
Partner
London
Glynna ChristianGlynna Christian
Partner
New York
Jacqui Hatfield heads up the financial services regulatory team at Orrick’s London office and is co-chair of Orrick’s global Blockchain and Cryptocurrency group. She has more than 20 years’ experience in providing international regulatory advice across the broad spectrum of the financial services regulated community. Jacqui is particularly active in the Fintech space, with clients including peer to peer lending platforms, challenger banks, app payment providers, investment and property crowd funding platforms, robo advisers and wealth management platforms, alternative investment fund managers and on-line broker dealers. She also has significant experience advising on blockchain, digital currencies and ICOs, and is a frequent speaker on blockchain/cryptocurrency developments. Glynna Christian, Co-Head of Orrick’s Global Technology Transactions practice, helps clients navigate complex legal issues and mitigate business risks associated with emerging and transformative technology and data. Glynna co-leads the firm’s Autonomous and Connected Vehicles working group and also is an active participant  in the firm’s blockchain and AI working groups. Her work includes advising clients in corporate and commercial deals on new products and services, as well as transforming traditional business models and internal service delivery models to digital models relying on cloud, blockchain, and other types of technology.  A sought-out thought leader, she regularly speaks with clients and professional organizations on technology and data matters.
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Peter ConnorsPeter Connors
Partner
New York
Peter Connors, head of Orrick’s international tax practice, regularly advises taxpayers on the consequences of cross-border transactions, including those relating to cryptocurrency transactions. A leading authority on tax matters, he is Vice President of the American College of Tax Counsel and he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section since 2006. He recently authored a thoughtful commentary entitled: Taxing a Moving Target: The Taxation of Cryptocurrency.
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CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS:

Katie Cotton
Michael Disotell
Edward Eisert
Diana Fassbender
Sunny Hwang
Jonathan Lopez
Nikiforos Matthews
Andrew Miller
Zac Padgett
Jorge Pesok
Jonas Robison
Michael Rodgers
Matthew Rose
Michael Sugarman
Andrew Wallach
Amy Walsh