Jeff Bandman is Founder and Principal of Bandman Advisors. Bandman Advisors is a consulting and advisory practice focused on innovation and regulation in financial services, with special expertise in FinTech and RegTech. Bandman Advisors was formed to bridge the gaps in business, technology and regulatory strategy. Its approach applies Jeff Bandman’s unique blend of market and regulatory experience to solve business challenges.
Prior to forming Bandman Advisors, Jeff served the CFTC in four senior leadership roles.
As the CFTC’s first FinTech Advisor, he was Founding Director and architect of LabCFTC. LabCFTC is the CFTC’s new hub for engagement with FinTech innovation – the first ever established by a U.S. market regulator. He led FinTech and RegTech coordination with domestic and international regulators, chaired a new international regulator workstream on post-trade digital innovation, and chaired the CFTC staff FinTech working group.
Jeff also led the CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk, which oversees many of the world’s largest clearinghouses (CCPs). He led negotiations resulting in “Clearinghouse Equivalence” with the European Commission, resolving longstanding differences. He achieved long-sought arrangements to safeguard customer funds at Federal Reserve System banks, and saw through to completion a formal cybersecurity rulemaking process to strengthen cyber-resilience safeguards for critical market infrastructure.
He originally joined the Commission as Special Counsel to Chairman Timothy Massad, and also led the CFTC’s Office of International Affairs.
Previously, Jeff worked for many years in the financial industry in New York and London. He advised the Futures Industry Association on launching the SEF Tracker. As Head of Partnerships & Alliances for LCH’s SwapClear service, he devised SwapClear’s innovative CCP2 partnership program and championed development of the award-winning SMART margin simulator. Earlier, he worked to establish the LiquidityHub trading platform. He rebuilt and managed Cantor Fitzgerald’s market data business after the events of September 11, 2001.
Jeff started his career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and then was Americas General Counsel for Prebon Yamane. He graduated from Yale magna cum laude with honors in both History and English, and has a law degree from Stanford. He is a five-time Jeopardy! Champion and reached the Tournament of Champions semi-finals.
Our advisory services focus on core segments:
- FinTech and RegTech Innovation – including blockchain and distributed ledger technology
- Navigate the Regulatory Landscape
- Product Strategy and Market Structure
- Data, Risk Management and Clearing
Conyers Dill & Pearman is a leading international law firm with a broad client base including FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, international finance houses and asset managers. The Firm advises on Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Mauritius* laws, from offices in those jurisdictions and in the key financial centres of Hong Kong, London and Singapore.
Through our global network we provide responsive, sophisticated, solution-driven advice to clients on matters including:
- Capital markets
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Banking & Finance
- Insurance & Reinsurance
- Investment Funds
- Private Equity & Venture Capital
- Asset finance, including shipping and aircraft finance
- Litigation & Dispute Resolution
- Insolvency & Restructuring
- Private Client & Trust
Affiliated company, Conyers Client Services, provides registered agent, registered office, corporate director and secretarial services, as well as specialised company trust and management services.
Legal Services for Bermuda Blockchain Companies
As Bermuda’s leading offshore corporate practice, Conyers has the expertise to advise clients of all sizes who are looking to incorporate on the island for the purposes of developing their business using blockchain technology or through issuing digital currencies or tokens.
Legal and Corporate Services Expertise
Our dedicated team of attorneys can assist with:
- navigating the legal, regulatory and commercial issues involved in setting up a Bermuda blockchain or digital asset company either as a company limited by shares or as an LLC;
- advising on token sales and ICOs;
- providing registered office, corporate director and secretarial services, as well as specialised company management services.
Telephone:416 361 4793
365 Bay Street, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2V1
Wildeboer Dellelce was founded in 1993 by five partners who had the vision of building a standalone corporate finance and tax law firm that would compete with Canada’s much larger, established corporate law firms. In its first week the firm purchased a pool table for its library. While the pool table does not get as much use today as in those early days, it still serves as a symbol of the firm’s identity and culture.
The firm has grown to over 70 people with approximately 45 legal professionals who serve the legal needs of a diverse client base of both public and private businesses. From 2001-2011, the firm maintained a branch office in Waterloo and the firm continues to service its Kitchener-Waterloo client base in the technology and knowledge based industries out of its Toronto office. In 2006 the firm moved from offices in One First Canadian Place to its own building, Wildeboer Dellelce Place, at the corner of Bay and Richmond Streets in Toronto.
Blockchain Industry Expertise
Distributed ledger technology (DLT) and DLTs built as blockchains have received extensive attention in recent years as many industries are considering the possible applications of these new technologies. As these technologies advance, they will have a profound impact on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regimes, and securities and tax legislation with future impacts to areas such as consumer protection and the basic principles of contract law.
Wildeboer Dellelce was one of the first professional services firms to announce that it will accept digital currency towards the payment of its legal fees, subject to standard commercial practices.
Leveraging our expertise across all disciplines of the firm, including regulatory, corporate finance and securities, and tax, the firm provides advice relating to blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, digital assets including cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and initial token offerings (ITOs).
Wildeboer Dellelce lawyers are thought leaders in this sector and are frequently called upon to speak at industry events due to their blockchain industry knowledge and expertise.
Telephone:+1 202 429 3000
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20036
With an unrivaled combination of regulatory and compliance, commodities and derivatives, tax law and policy, and government enforcement experience, Steptoe’s blockchain and cryptocurrency team is uniquely positioned to help clients develop and implement blockchain strategies and navigate the complex legal and regulatory environment surrounding cryptocurrencies and crypto-assets in the US and across the globe.
Steptoe is part of the foundation of the blockchain industry. On behalf of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and Coin Center, Steptoe helped create and serves as counsel to the Blockchain Alliance, a coalition of three dozen of the leading companies in the blockchain space. The Blockchain Alliance engages with over 40 local, state, federal, and international government agencies delivering education and helping to promote the growth of this technology. We also serve as an advisor to both Coin Center and the Chamber of Digital Commerce, two of the industry’s leading advocacy groups, and many of the industry’s leading companies.
Our team includes former high-ranking officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with extensive knowledge in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology matters. We advise individuals and entities on the suite of legal and regulatory issues from a currency, commodities and derivatives, and securities law perspective. We also have unique experience on the taxation implications for a range of crypto-related activities including trading, investing, creating and issuing tokens, and digitizing assets. Utilizing decades of experience working in and with the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, we engage with regulators in order to develop laws and guidance that clarify the regulatory landscape while still encouraging innovation. Our clients fall into four main categories, as further described below, but we are constantly expanding and adapting as the industry evolves.
Brookfield Place 181 Bay Street, Suite 4400
Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2T3
McMillan is a leading business law firm serving public, private and not-for-profit clients across key industries in Canada, the United States and internationally. With recognized expertise and acknowledged leadership in major business sectors, we provide solutions-oriented legal advice through our offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Hong Kong. Our firm values – respect, teamwork, commitment, client service and professional excellence – are at the heart of McMillan’s commitment to serve our clients, our local communities and the legal profession.
Financial technology, or “FinTech”, is the latest disruptive force changing the way consumers and businesses make investments, raise equity, borrow money, make payments and use currency. The combined strength of Canada’s financial and tech sectors create a unique opportunity for Canada to become a global leader in this area. But disruptive change also creates risk for the new disruptors and long-standing financial institutions.
As a premier legal services provider in the financial services industry, McMillan is uniquely positioned to help clients exploit the opportunities and navigate the risks FinTech brings. We have deep regulatory and transactional experience in all parts of Canada’s financial services industry, in regulatory oversight and in public policy. We have experience at the highest levels of Government, including a former Finance Minister, and lawyers at the leading edge of technology and innovation.
While FinTech is a young industry, we have built a significant track record of service for clients in the sector. Our experience includes:
- Advising institutional lenders, tech companies and regulators on a wide array of FinTech matters including cryptocurrencies (such as bitcoin), the payments ecosystem and peer to peer payment systems, mobile payments and deposits, virtual wallets, online lending, trading and investments and financial planning “Robo-advisors”.
- Negotiating on behalf of clients the complex intersection of cybersecurity, data privacy, banking and securities regulatory compliance, consumer protection and other regulatory and transactional requirements.
185 Madison Avenue
New York, NY, 10016
Talented Attorneys. Trusted Advisors. Tireless Advocates.
With more than a century of combined experience, the attorneys at MushkinLaw.com work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to achieve their desired outcomes. From high-profile business entities to individuals and families, our clients rely on our expertise as trusted advisors, corporate counsel, and litigators in a wide variety of industries.
With an unwavering goal of protecting our clients’ rights, the team at MushkinLaw.com devotes our full attention and creative energy to financial, tax, and general law issues. We have an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience in:
MushkinLaw.com proudly represents offshore clients in their dealings with U.S. statutes and regulations. Our clients in Europe and Asia have come to rely on our counsel to smooth the way for international transactions involving complex aspects of U.S. law.
Our vigorous advocacy on behalf of our clients and our demonstrable results have earned MushkinLaw.com an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® for the firm’s professionalism and ethics. This is the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, and is awarded by the oldest and largest peer rating agency in the United States.
EXPANDING OUR REACH
We have developed valued professional relationships with attorneys who specialize in myriad aspects of the legal profession, including intellectual property and white-collar criminal defense. When the need arises, these relationships enable us to consult with colleagues who can provide specialized legal services not available within the firm.
A PHILOSOPHY OF SERVICE
Our long-standing relationships with many of our clients are a source of pride for our attorneys. The foundation of the firm’s philosophy is service, out of which grows our professionalism, courtesy, and efficiency.
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A new kind of law firm for a new kind of economy.
We understand the technology. We speak the language. We walk the cutting edge.
Blockchain has the potential to transform how we do business – across industries, across borders. We are part of that change. By working with and helping develop distributed ledger technologies, we have gained invaluable insight into how they work and what that means for your business.
Your Business is more than your technology – it’s your people.
To us, the billable hour isn’t the goal. Working with you is. From day one, we work as an extension of your team. Whether you’re developing new technology or raising capital, we partner closely with you to get a leg up.
As blockchain technology evolves, so does the legal landscape. As do we.
From traditional legal backgrounds to the frontlines of blockchain innovation, we have developed the legal expertise and business acumen to help you navigate the law and make it work for you.
45 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY, 10111-0100
BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, our more than 940 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.
We have five core practice groups: Litigation, Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, and Tax. Within these groups are several large specialty practices, including antitrust, bankruptcy, healthcare, energy, middle market mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial litigation, data privacy and security, patent prosecution and international tax. Our attorneys have broad knowledge and experience in many industries, including energy, media, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and insurance, consumer products, and hospitality.
We distinguish ourselves through our commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, we are determined to surpass our clients’ expectations.
Our firm was founded on three core principles: to develop and sustain mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with each of its clients; to provide timely, responsive, and high quality legal services; and to be generous with both time and money to the communities where we work. We have consistently nurtured a collegial approach among our lawyers, assuring effective teamwork in handling client work, while maintaining a culture of providing exceptional legal counsel with a clear focus on value. We are committed to the continuous development of our people and of the resources essential to delivering effective and distinctive legal services worldwide.
Securities Law and Financial Services Regulation
- Counseling multiple companies regarding cryptocurrency transactions and token-generating events such as initial coin offerings (ICOs).
- Advising multiple cryptocurrency industry clients on Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA); state money transmitter licensing; money services business (MSB) registration under U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) regulations; Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance; and consumer protection, privacy and cybersecurity matters.
- Serving as “outside general counsel” to next-phase blockchain company, including advice on token generating event, intellectual property, employment, corporate and other matters.
- Representing a blockchain startup in responding to an SEC subpoena regarding a prior ICO event.
Industry-specific Blockchain Advice
- Advised a major financial services company on developing and offering blockchain-enabled products and services, including intellectual property, technology transactions, cybersecurity and data protection issues.
- Counseled an advertising industry client on use of blockchain technology in adtech, including issues related to patents, incentive and reward programs, and use of cryptocurrencies.
- As a member of a panel of academic, technology and privacy/cybersecurity leaders, advised tech and government sectors on use of blockchain technologies to secure and streamline elections.
Telephone:+1 312 372 2000
444 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL, 60606-0029
In the end, it’s all about quality. About an uncompromising commitment to legal excellence, extraordinary client service and a high-performance culture. About helping clients achieve stellar legal and business results—today, and well into the future.
We are an integrated, international law firm with recognized strength in tax, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, health care, high-stakes litigation, and many other key areas of transactional and regulatory law. We emphasize and foster long-term, industry-focused client relationships with multinational companies, rising entrepreneurial firms, investors and capital providers, and many of the world’s wealthiest families and individuals.
In word and deed, we value integrity, efficiency, diversity, and pro bono and community service.
We are McDermott Will & Emery.
The rapid acceleration of technological development has had a direct, transformative effect on the financial services industry and has led to the creation of a burgeoning new sector: financial technology, or FinTech. Dozens of FinTech companies are launching every year, and established players are expanding their services and product lines to include payments, stored-value, and virtual- and digital-currency, innovative online credit and lending alternatives, and blockchain and distributed-ledger technology (DLT).
With fast growth, however, come a range of business and compliance considerations, including data privacy and cybersecurity, capital requirements, commercial disputes, and regulatory and law-enforcement scrutiny. McDermott’s cross-disciplinary FinTech team recognizes the opportunities in the expanding digital economy and understands the complex legal and business challenges that face industry participants.
Our core FinTech group includes highly experienced lawyers from across the Firm’s major practice areas, including corporate, finance, global privacy and cybersecurity, government and lobbying, intellectual property, litigation, technology and commercial transactions, and white-collar and securities defense. We help clients:
- Access capital via traditional lending and investment models, as well as new financing strategies such as initial coin offerings (ICOs)
- Protect and manage intellectual property rights, including patents, copyright and trademarks covering processes, products, applications and brands
- Negotiate and close major corporation transactions, joint ventures, collaborative arrangements, licensing deals and service contracts
- Ensure compliance with financial services, anti-money laundering (AML) and sanctions, data protection, tax, antitrust, and other laws and regulations
- Resolve commercial disputes with investors, vendors, subcontractors and customers
- Respond to government inquiries and law-enforcement investigations
- Expand their role in the development of federal and state FinTech-related legislation and regulatory policy
Business and technical fluency is a baseline requirement in this complex new space. Our lawyers have in-depth, firsthand experience advising a broad range of FinTech businesses, including robo-advisors, high-frequency trading firms, broker-dealers, banks, private fund sponsors, technology startups and established financial-services enterprises. We offer end-to-end counsel on products and services such as:
- Cryptocurrencies and other blockchain tokens
- dApps (decentralized apps)
- Mobile payments and e-wallets
- Online lending
- Payment processing
- Reloadable, stored-value and pre-paid debit and gift cards
Our lawyers are demonstrated thought leaders, and have published numerous articles on topics such as distributed ledger technology, digital currencies, Securities and Exchange Commission findings on blockchain tokens and investment contracts, token launches and ICOs, and other emerging issues. Members of the team are also sought-after commentators for industry publications and have been featured speakers at industry events and conferences sponsored by CoinDesk, StartEngine, swissnex San Francisco, and the Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.
Telephone:86 10 8540 0600
China World Office 2 Suite 1808 No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue
Beijing, China, 100004
The financial services industry’s reliance on technology has evolved dramatically over the last decade. As a result, technology companies ranging from high-profile, multibillion-dollar, publicly held companies to emerging startups are looking to change the financial services landscape and disrupt the way business is done around the world.
Our work with fintech companies runs the full legal spectrum from corporate formation, venture and private equity financing, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings to regulatory counseling, intellectual property protection, privacy and data security, employment and severance matters and litigation.
We are adept at working with leading fintech companies across a variety of industry segments, including:
- Peer-to-peer and online lending
- Blockchain technology + digital currency