James Blakemore, Principal
James previously worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he represented foreign sovereigns, central banks, state-owned entities, and global financial institutions. His expertise is in securities class action litigation, disputes related to foreign exchange high-frequency trading platforms, and regulatory investigations into allegedly manipulative trading practices. James served as a clerk to the Hon. John Dowdell of the Northern District of Oklahoma and interned for Ricardo Luis Lorenzetti, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Argentina.
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Zachary Fallon, Principal
Zachary carries more than a decade of practical legal and regulatory experience advising companies, investors, and market participants regarding their compliance obligations under federal securities laws. His experience spans nine years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporate Finance and Office of the General Counsel. Prior to the SEC, he practiced at Latham & Watkins. He is an expert on small company capital formation and various exemptions from registration under the Securities Act of 1933. Zachary was key to many of the SEC’s policy decisions made following the JOBS Act. He was the principal drafter of the Regulation A proposing and adopting release (aka Reg A+), as well as the SEC’s proposing release on Intrastate and Regional Crowdfunding exemptions.
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Josh Garcia, Principal
Josh has worked closely with blockchain developers, funds, exchanges, and individual investors as an enforcement and regulatory attorney. His counsel draws from experience at tech-forward international law firms Cooley, White & Case, and Goodwin Procter. As a recognized thought leader in the blockchain space, Josh has been published in Coindesk and Coin Center and has presented to the New York City Bar Association, the Israel Securities Authority, and at various international industry events on the tension points between law and applied cryptography. His expertise spans myriad legal, financial, and regulatory topics with a focus on securities, commodities, lending, consumer protection, and payments laws.
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Laurie Rosini, Principal
Laurie previously served as a regulatory attorney with Perkins Coie, where she focused on advising blockchain clients. Laurie advises cryptocurrency exchanges, token sellers, and broker-dealers through myriad international regulatory and compliance considerations. Throughout her career, she has helped leading innovators better understand blockchain-related technology transactions, privacy infrastructures, and digital currency sectors with a specialization in smart contracts and decentralized exchanges. Most recently, Laurie has presented before the Washington Bar Association, the Chamber of Digital Commerce, and members of the Korean government. Her expertise spans regulation of centralized and decentralized exchanges, structuring sales of blockchain tokens, and applicable U.S. state and federal law.
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Julian Russo, Principal
Julian previously served as a corporate attorney for top international law firms Davis Polk & Wardwell, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Cooley, where his practice focused on the representation of emerging technology companies and their investors. He specializes in formations and structuring, financings, contract negotiation, management of ongoing operations, and efficient exits. As an alumnus of seed accelerator Y-Combinator, Julian has first-hand experience with the lifecycle of a startup and enjoys advising passionate entrepreneurs as they bring their ideas to fruition. He was among the first lawyers to pioneer creative structures beyond the SAFT for the sale of digital assets.
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Jenny Leung, Attorney
Jenny has formerly worked as an attorney at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”). In her capacity there, she assisted in the oversight and supervision of financial market infrastructure and drafted ASIC guidance regarding distributed ledger technology. Jenny has published numerous articles regarding complex areas of blockchain technology and law, such as decentralized clearing and settlement, freezing of digital assets, and classification of such assets under international law. Prior to joining Blakemore Fallon, she consulted on GDPR, CCPA, and other data privacy issues at PwC. Jenny focuses on issues related to U.S. securities laws and state money transmitter laws.
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