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Alternative Finance Summit 21: Marketplace Lending, Cryptocurrency and Crowdfunding


Speaker(s): Anna T. Pinedo, Brian Foley, Brian S. Korn, Faith L. Anderson, Frank R. Borchert, III, Jacqueline C. Wolff, Jennifer A. Zepralka, Joseph P. Borg, Joshua Ashley Klayman, Karen Ubell, Lee A. Schneider, Lewis Cohen, Marc Boiron, Marta F. Belcher, Michael Nonaka, N. Adele Hogan, Nancy H. Wojtas, Nick Bhargava, Patrick D. Dolan, Rebecca Rettig, Sandy Azer, Sara Hanks
Recorded on: Sep. 22, 2021
PLI Program #: 307140

Rebecca Rettig is the General Counsel of the Aave Companies, a group of software development companies in Europe that build open source, blockchain-based software. Rebecca began her legal career at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York, litigating complex commercial disputes. Prior to joining the Aave Companies, Rebecca was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP in the financial services group, representing blockchain and crypto clients. 

With unique and deep-rooted expertise representing companies at the forefront of the financial services industry’s digital transformation, Rebecca spent the past four and a half years advising blockchain and cryptocurrency clients on legal and regulatory matters—with a particular focus advising DeFi projects over the past two years. She also represented clients in all aspects of litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings as well as in licensing matters. 

In 2019, Rebecca was recognized as one of the top 100 women lawyers in New York City by Crain’s New York Business.


Adele Hogan represents clients in mergers, securities offerings, restructuring, bankruptcies, and projects for early stage and large companies in all industries, including financial institutions (banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital, insurance, alternative assets, broker dealers); TMT (technology, media, and telecom); healthcare (pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, telemedicine); leisure (hotels, gaming); energy & mining; transportation (air, auto, rail, shipping); and FinTech (technology, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, trading platforms, exchanges). Ms. Hogan conducts due diligence, drafts, negotiates, advises on risk, and structures deals.

Ms. Hogan has led the corporate side for either the debtor or a credit committee work for more than 30 bankruptcies. She has also led many restructurings, including public debt consent solicitations, credit agreement amendments, and overseeing portions of restructurings of foreign banks in the areas of capital and liquidity and sales of more than $100 billion of risk weighted assets, representing clients netting derivatives and payment obligations in the Lehman bankruptcy. She drafts prepackaged bankruptcy plans, backstops, DIP documentation, bank/bond/equity financings, and litigation documents and does investigations on preferences, zones of insolvency and asset tracing. She has also led distressed public and private company M&A and 363 sales.

Ms. Hogan has experience leading Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) policies and controls projects, including data privacy, data governance and cybersecurity. She has led anti-money laundering (AML), OFAC, fraud, FCPA, derivatives, foreign exchange and Libor matters. She has closed more than $200 billion in deals. She has served as a partner at several international law firms and in-house.

Cornell University BA, Cornell Law School JD. Admitted in New York, Texas and U.S. Supreme Court. 


Anna Pinedo is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and co-leader of the Global Capital Markets practice. She concentrates her practice on securities and derivatives. Anna represents issuers, investment banks/financial intermediaries and investors in financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities, as well as structured notes and other hybrid and structured products.

She works closely with financial institutions to create and structure innovative financing techniques, including new securities distribution methodologies and financial products. She has particular financing experience in certain industries, including technology, telecommunications, healthcare, financial institutions, REITs and consumer and specialty finance. Anna has worked closely with foreign private issuers in their securities offerings in the United States and in the Euro markets. She also works with financial institutions in connection with international offerings of equity and debt securities, equity- and credit-linked notes, and hybrid and structured products, as well as medium term note and other continuous offering programs.

In the derivatives area, Anna counsels a number of major financial institutions acting as dealers and participants in the commodities and derivatives markets. She advises on structuring issues as well as on regulatory issues, including those arising under the Dodd-Frank Act. Her work focuses on foreign exchange, equity and credit derivatives products, and structured derivatives transactions. Anna has experience with a wide range of transactions and structures, including collars, swaps, forward and accelerated repurchases, forward sales, hybrid preferred stock and off-balance sheet structures. She also has advised derivatives dealers regarding their Internet sites and other Internet and electronic signature/delivery issues, as well as on compliance matters.

Anna regularly speaks at conferences and participates in panel discussions addressing securities law issues, as well as the securities issues arising in connection with derivatives and other financial products. She is the co-author of the leading capital markets treatise, Corporate Finance and the Securities Laws, published by Wolters Kluwer (6th Ed., updated 2020); co-author of A Deep Dive Into Capital Raising Transactions, published by the International Financial Law Review (2020); co-author of JOBS Act Quick Start (International Financial Law Review, 2013; updated 2014, 2016); contributor to OTC Derivatives Regulation Under Dodd-Frank: A Guide to Registration, Reporting, Business Conduct, and Clearing (Thomson Reuters, first ed. 2014, second ed. 2015, third ed. 2016, fourth ed. 2017); co-author of Considerations for Foreign Banks Financing in the US (International Financial Law Review, 2012; updated 2014, 2016); co-author of Liability Management: An Overview (International Financial Law Review, 2011, updated 2015); co-author of Structuring Liability Management Transactions (International Financial Law Review, 2018); co-author of Covered Bonds Handbook, published by Practising Law Institute (2010, updated 2012-2014); co-author of the treatise Exempt and Hybrid Securities Offerings, published by Practising Law Institute (2009, second ed. 2011, updated 2014, third ed. 2017); and co-author of BNA Tax and Accounting Portfolio: SEC Reporting Issues for Foreign Private Issuers (BNA Accounting Policy and Practice Series, 2009, second ed. 2012, third ed. 2016, fourth ed. 2020). Anna is also a contributing author to Broker-Dealer Regulation (2011, second ed. 2012, updated 2020), published by Practising Law Institute. She co-authored "The Approaches to Bank Resolution," a chapter in Bank Resolution: The European Regime (Oxford University Press, 2016). Anna contributed to The Future of Bank Funding and Capital: Solutions for Issuers, Opportunities for Investors (IFR Market Intelligence, 2009). Additionally, Anna co-authored "The Ties that Bind: The Prime-Brokerage Regulation," a chapter in Global Financial Crisis (Globe Law and Business, 2009); "The Law: Legal and Regulatory Framework," a chapter in PIPEs: A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity (Bloomberg, 2006); and "The Impact Security: Reimagining the Nonprofit Capital Market," a chapter in What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, 2017). Anna is a contributor to Practising Law Institute’s "BD/IA: Regulation in Focus" blog.

Anna is a member of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Committee on the Federal Regulation of Securities, a member of the subcommittee on Disclosure and Continuous Reporting, chair of the subcommittee on Securities Registration, chair of the subcommittee on Annual Review, and a member of the task force on the future of securities regulation.

She has participated in the drafting committee for the ABA's comment letters on such topics as securities offering reform, revisions to the definition of accelerated filer and smaller reporting company, amendments to the accredited investor definition; amendments to the exempt offering framework; and various JOBS Act-related and disclosure effectiveness related matters. Anna also is a member of the ABA Committee on the Regulation of Futures and Derivatives Instruments. Anna is a chair of the Structured Products Association Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Executive Committee. She is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association's Mortgage REIT Council and a member of the MBA's Secondary & Capital Markets Committee.

Anna is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law and member of the George Washington University Center for Law, Economics & Finance Advisory Board. She is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Law School of the University of Chicago. Anna was a member of the University of Chicago Legal Forum during her time at the University of Chicago Law School.



Brian Foley is a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) where he co-heads the Warehouse Finance practice. Brian has deep professional experience in Asset-Based lending, including warehouse lending and ABS structuring, particularly in the Fintech space. Asset class experience includes consumer, small business, residential real estate, auto, solar credits, and mortgage lending.

Other experience includes Structured Products, total return swaps, lending, bank funding, and regulatory capital. Functions include banking, analytics, and marketing. Prior to joining SVB Brian spent 7 years at Macquarie Group as a Managing Director in the Credit Markets Division.  Previous work experience includes ABS, CDO, and TRS structuring and origination along with unwinding the legacy structured product asset book for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, including CDOs and Auction Rate Securities.

Brian holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Sloan School of Management at MIT.


Brian S. Korn is a partner in Manatt’s New York office and leads the firm’s fintech and blockchain and cryptocurrency practices. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions. Over the past five years, Brian has led more than 100 deals, including initial public offerings (IPOs), early-stage and start-up venture financings, fund formations, and high-yield debt financings. He also advises clients on SEC and broker-dealer/investment advisory compliance, corporate swap transactions, and blockchain technology.

Brian has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in investment banking and capital markets transactions, including special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), spin-offs, split-offs and carveout/tracking stock transactions. He also has extensive experience in sponsor-leveraged buyouts and bank/bond acquisition financing.

His deep technical knowledge of the fintech space has contributed to the Manatt fintech team’s track record of success in advising cutting-edge fintech startups. He was recognized by The Legal 500 in 2021 for being “very active in the fintech platform and Regulation A space. He has good visibility with the SEC and is willing to push through novel concepts and issues.” Under his leadership, the firm was nominated as “Professional Services Firm of the Year” at the 2018 LendIt Industry Awards and “Law Firm of the Year” at the 2017 and 2019 LendIt Industry Awards. The firm also achieved a Chambers Global Fintech rating, and Brian was recognized as a “Notable Practitioner.”

Brian has had multiple media interviews with Billboard Magazine, Bloomberg, American Banker and Law360, commenting on blockchain and cryptocurrency, including the impact on nonfungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized finance (DeFi), marketplace lending and market trading dynamics.


Faith Anderson is the Chief of Registration & Regulatory Affairs of the Securities Division of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.  She supervises legal staff responsible for reviewing applications for registration in small public offerings, non-traded REITs, business development companies, oil and gas programs, bank holding companies, in-state municipal bond offerings, church bond offerings, rescission offers, business opportunity offerings, and franchise offerings.  She oversees the processing of exemption filings and has experience in issues concerning investment advisers and pooled investment vehicles.  She is also responsible for reviewing requests for interpretive and no-action letters, promulgating policy and interpretive statements, amending the Division’s administrative rules, and reviewing and drafting legislation.

Ms. Anderson chairs the Small Business/Limited Offerings Project Group of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA).  She is also a member of NASAA’s Committees on Corporation Finance, the Electronic Filing Depository, State Legislation, and Capital Formation.  She has served as primary drafter on several NASAA comment letters on SEC rule proposals, led NASAA’s project to create a coordinated multi-state review program for Reg. A offerings, and continues to provide input on the nationwide electronic filing system for state securities filings that was launched in 2014 for Rule 506 notice filings.  Ms. Anderson is a frequent speaker on topics including private offerings, small public offerings, and crowdfunding.

Ms. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, as well as the Certificate of International Studies in Business, from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in 1998.   She received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 2005.  While in law school, Ms. Anderson served as an editor on the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal and completed an externship with Justice Barbara A. Madsen of the Washington State Supreme Court. 

Ms. Anderson is a member of both the Securities Committee of the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s State Regulation of Securities Committee.


Joseph Borg has been Director of the Alabama Securities Commission (ASC) since 1994.  Borg served as the only three term president of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).  He served as a member on the NASAA Board of Directors, as Chair of the International Committee, Chair of Enforcement, Ombudsman and in several other capacities.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), the Investor Protection Institute (IPI) and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Investor Protection Trust (IPT).  He has also served as a member of the SIPC Modernization Task Force and the FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force. 

Borg recently (June 2018) testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, Capital Markets Subcommittee hearing entitled “Ensuring Effectiveness, Fairness, and Transparency in Securities Law Enforcement.” He has previously testified before various committees of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives including testimony on such areas as Microcap Fraud; Criminal Elements in the Financial Markets; Information Sharing among Financial Regulatory Agencies; Risks Posed to Everyday Investors from IPOs in Private Equity and Hedge Funds; Illegal Investment Sales’ Practices Victimizing Senior Citizens; and SIPA and SIPC Modernization. 

Borg served as a U.S. delegate to an Intergovernmental Expert Group for the United Nations Commission on International Trade and Law (UNCITRAL).

Borg previously served as in-house corporate counsel to First Alabama Bank (n/k/a Regions Bank, 1979-1984) and has been an adjunct professor of law at Faulkner University Jones School of Law teaching securities law and banking (1982-2002), and has been a Partner in the Montgomery law firm of Capouano, Wampold, Prestwood & Sansone (1984-1994).

He is admitted to practice in Alabama, Florida, New York, U.S. Federal District Courts in Alabama and Florida, the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.       


Joshua Ashley Klayman is the firm’s U.S. Head of Fintech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets. She is one of the best-known blockchain and cryptocurrency lawyers in the U.S. and globally, highly regarded for her extensive experience in, and deep knowledge of, blockchain, smart contracts, and cryptocurrency matters, including initial coin offerings (ICOs)/digital token offerings.

Josh has represented or consulted to global technology companies, token sellers, cryptocurrency exchanges and relayers; venture, hedge, and private equity funds and their portfolio companies; token marketers and broker-dealers; funds interested in trading digital assets; and major global investment banks, insurance companies, financial institutions and asset managers, among others.

By background, Josh is a finance and corporate lawyer. She spent over 10 years representing lenders and borrowers in leveraged finance and banking transactions and public and private organizations in a broad array of commercial transactions and corporate governance matters. Before joining Linklaters, Josh co-founded a blockchain and smart contracts group at a global law firm and set up her own boutique blockchain consultancy.


Michael Nonaka is co-chair of the financial services group and advises banks, financial services providers, and non-bank companies on a broad range of compliance, enforcement, transactional, and legislative matters. He has worked extensively with federal and state banking agencies and with other federal agencies authorized to regulate financial services. Mr. Nonaka also plays an active role in the firm’s Fintech Initiative and works with a number of banks, lending companies, money transmitters, payments firms, technology companies, and service providers on innovative technologies such as big data, blockchain and related technologies, bitcoin and other virtual currencies, same day payments, and online lending.

Mr. Nonaka has significant experience advising clients on issues arising under financial services legislation. He has advised clients on, among other areas, regulation as a systemically important financial institution, resolution planning, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s orderly liquidation authority under Title II, and the scope of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s authority.

Mr. Nonaka also has advised a number of clients on compliance with TILA, ECOA, TISA, HMDA, FCRA, EFTA, GLBA, FDCPA, CRA, BSA, USA PATRIOT Act, FTC Act, Reg. K, Reg. O, Reg. W, Reg. Y, state money transmitter laws, state licensed lender laws, state unclaimed property laws, state prepaid access laws, and other federal and state laws and regulations


Nancy Wojtas is a Partner at Cooley LLP, an international law firm, and is the Chair of the Blockchain Technology and Tokenization Group and has served as counsel in connection with corporate governance matters, acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, private and public offerings, joint ventures, venture capital and bank financings, proxy contests, cryptocurrency offerings and going private transactions.

Nancy began her career with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Trading and Markets and she later served as counsel to the Chairman of the Commission.

Nancy was recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Governance in Palo Alto by The Best Lawyers in America in 2013. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Governance from 2007-2022 and in its 2016 “Women Lawyer of the Year” awards.

Nancy is a member of the Opinions Committee of the California State Bar. Formerly she was the co-chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business section of the California State Bar.


Patrick D. Dolan focuses his practice on asset-backed and mortgage-backed securitization and has more than 30 years of experience representing warehouse lenders, issuers, underwriters, investors, multi-seller commercial paper conduits and a national rating agency.

Patrick was the chair from 2015-2018 of the New York City Bar Association’s Structured Finance Committee and is the editor of two books on securitization:  “Securitizations:  Legal and Regulatory Issues” published by Law Journal Press and “Structured Finance & Securitization – Getting the Deal Through” published by Law Business Research.  Patrick was recently elected a co-chair of the Structured Finance Industry Group’s Alternative and Emerging Markets Committee.


Sandy Azer is a Director at Kroll Bond Rating Agency where she acts as in-house counsel on rated transactions. Prior to joining KBRA, Ms. Azer worked for the New York offices of two international law firms, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Ms. Azer obtained a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Connecticut, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.


Sara Hanks, co-founder and CEO of CrowdCheck, is an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the corporate and securities field. CrowdCheck provides due diligence, disclosure and compliance services for online capital formation. Its services help entrepreneurs and project sponsors through the disclosure and due diligence process, give investors the information they need to make an informed investment decision and avoid fraud and help intermediaries avoid liability.

Sara’s prior position was General Counsel of the bipartisan Congressional Oversight Panel, the overseer of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Prior to that, Sara spent many years as a partner of Clifford Chance, one of the world’s largest law firms.  While at Clifford Chance, she advised on capital markets transactions and corporate matters for companies throughout the world.  Sara began her career with the London law firm Norton Rose. She later joined the Securities and Exchange Commission and as Chief of the Office of International Corporate Finance led the team drafting regulations that put into place a new generation of rules governing the capital-raising process.

Sara received her law degree from Oxford University and is a member of the New York and DC bars and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. She serves as co-Chair of the SEC’s Advisory Council on Small and Emerging Companies. She holds a Series 65 securities license as a registered investment advisor. Sara is an aunt, Army wife, skier, cyclist, gardener and animal lover.


Co-founder of DLx Law, a law firm created to serve the needs of a new, technology-driven economy.  Lewis works together with co-founder Angela Angelovska-Wilson and the rest of the DLx Law team to provide in-depth legal counsel to startups, growth companies, major enterprises, and governmental entities on a broad range of matters involving the use of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and other disruptive technologies.  Passionate about the ability of innovative technologies to change the way businesses and individuals work together, Lewis has become a major advocate for potential of emerging technologies to benefit and transform industries around the globe.

Lewis brings more than 20 years of experience as a traditional capital markets and finance partner at two Global Top 50 law firms.  Lewis is a frequent public speaker on the topic of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.  Lewis served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG).  Lewis is also recognized by Chambers Global as one of only three lawyers in “Band 1” for Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies – USA.


 


Jennifer Zepralka is the Chief of the Office of Small Business Policy in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance.  The office assists companies seeking to raise capital through exempt or smaller registered offerings, and participates in and reviews SEC rulemaking and other actions that may affect small businesses. 

Before joining the Office of Small Business Policy in 2018, Ms. Zepralka was a partner in the Transactional and Securities Departments at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she focused on federal securities law compliance, disclosure and corporate governance issues.  Ms. Zepralka previously worked in the Division of Corporation Finance as Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance from 2009 to 2013.  Prior to first joining the SEC staff, she was an associate and counsel at WilmerHale in New York and Washington, DC and an associate at Allen & Overy in London.

Ms. Zepralka received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and B.A. from Dartmouth College.


Karen Ubell is a partner in Goodwin’s Technology group and Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology practice. She practices general corporate and securities law, focusing primarily on transactions and regulatory compliance in connection with the implementation and adoption of novel technologies, including but not limited to blockchain, distributed networks, cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Ms. Ubell represents investors and issuers in digital asset offerings, private financings and securities offerings, and advises startups and existing companies in the implementation and development of blockchain technologies and tokenization models. Ms. Ubell also advises blockchain projects, digital asset trading platforms and blockchain industry groups on regulatory compliance as well as direct interactions with regulators, offering unique perspective and insight gained from her experience in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


Lee A. Schneider is a financial services and technology lawyer based in NYC. He serves as general counsel for Ava Labs, a leading blockchain software company. Lee co-hosts a FinTech podcast with former SEC Commissioner Troy Paredes, available on iTunes and other podcast services. Lee is the father of two wonderful, exhausting college students and learns about Japanese art history from his wife.


Mr. Boiron is General Counsel of dYdX Trading Inc. Prior to joining dYdX, Mr. Boiron was a Partner in the Financial Services group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His practice focused on the blockchain and digital assets industry, with particular attention to decentralized finance. He also advised venture funds making investments in blockchain companies and digital assets.

Prior to joining Manatt, Mr. Boiron practiced in the blockchain and cryptocurrency practice of two AmLaw 200 law firms, assisting companies on financings and with regulatory advice.

Mr. Boiron is a frequent speaker on regulatory and policy issues relating to blockchain technology and decentralized finance in particular.


Nick is co-founder of Groundfloor Finance Inc. Groundfloor is an investment and lending platform where individuals can participate in short term real estate backed loans to professional builders and developers. Groundfloor makes real estate acquisition and development loans to developers looking to renovate, build, and sell single family and multifamily housing.

He received his Master of Laws from Duke University and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta. Nick has previous work experience at The Financial Services Roundtable, SEC, FINRA, TD Waterhouse, and the Royal Bank of Canada.  

 


The mechanics of banking are largely fixed, difficult to change and hard to transform into a delightful experience. That’s where Best Egg is changing the playing field. Frank Borchert is General Counsel and Secretary for Marlette Funding, LLC a financial technology provider powering the Best Egg brand to find smarter ways to make money accessible so people can enjoy life.  Best Egg personal loans have helped over 370,000 customers access nearly $6B.

Mr. Borchert has extensive experience in the financial services industry and in serving consumers and small businesses through innovation.  Prior to joining Marlette, he served in various roles including Chief Regulatory Counsel for the consumer businesses at JPMorgan Chase and General Counsel for Chase Card Services.  Borchert served in the Administration of George W. Bush as Senior Advisor, Counselor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and General Counsel at the Small Business Administration.  Prior to joining the government, he was EVP & Deputy General Counsel at Capital One Financial Corp. where he was responsible for managing the entire legal and government relations teams.  He began his legal career in private practice at Cleary, Gottlieb in Washington, DC.  He currently serves on the boards of the Marketplace Lending Association and Online Lenders Policy Institute, both of which are committed to expanding understanding and support for Fintech and responsible online lending.  Borchert has a B.A. from Swarthmore College, with High Honors; a law degree from N.Y.U. School of Law and was a Fulbright Fellow in Tokyo, Japan at the University of Tokyo and the Ministry of Finance.


Jacqueline Wolff, a partner in the New York office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a national professional services firm, has spent over 30 years successfully defending companies and individuals accused of white collar crimes, including those in the financial services industry.  Jacqueline, a former federal prosecutor, focuses her practice on matters involving potential violations of the securities and tax laws as well as on those involving alleged healthcare fraud.

Her cases have run the gamut, from a Fortune 100 company under investigation by the SEC for accounting fraud, to a FinTech start-up under investigation for potential fraud in relation to its advertising, both resulting in declinations, to an individual in the LIBOR investigation, also resulting in no charges being brought.  She also has worked with numerous companies – from multinationals to start-ups – to strengthen their compliance programs, with a particular focus on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. 

While in the United States Attorney’s Office, Jacqueline received numerous awards, including from the Attorney General of the United States, the EPA and the NRC.  Jacqueline currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Business Crimes Bulletin and on the Advisory Board of Bloomberg Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report.  She is a member of the NY Counsel of Defense Lawyers, the Women in White Collar Defense Association, and the White Collar Crime Subcommittee of the NYC Association of the Bar’s Women in the Legal Profession Committee. She is a former Board member of NYCLA and the NYCDL. 

 

 


Marta Belcher is the General Counsel and Head of Policy at Protocol Labs and the Board Chair of the Filecoin Foundation and the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web. She also serves as special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Marta is a pioneer in cryptocurrency law and has spoken on the topic around the world, including in U.S. Congress, European Parliament, the New York Senate, the OECD, and in Davos during the World Economic Forum. Marta has drafted amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. appellate courts for high-profile public interest organizations, including EFF, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Public Knowledge, the Cato Institute, the National Consumers' League, Project Gutenberg, and the Blockchain Association. Marta has been recognized twice by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer awards and was named to Law360's list of Top Attorneys Under 40.