Crypto entities ranging from large exchanges to small projects are headed for government regulation. Whether it comes through the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, many participants in the space are looking for concrete future guidance on how to build compliant businesses in an emerging sector while navigating the rules created for traditional finance.
And while crypto founders and investors know regulation is inevitable, they’re also looking to find the sweetest deal possible while trying to influence policymakers. It’s a challenging balance – enough regulation to protect retail investors from a hostile environment, but not so much that it stifles the growth of the crypto sector and future innovation in the space.
This regulatory tug-of-war is just one of the reasons we are excited that Catherine Dowling, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Bitwise Asset Management; Sarah Stilman, partner at Perkins Coie; and Justin Slaughter, Director of Policy at Paradigm, will join us for a session called “Is Crypto Regulation Ready” on TC Sessions: Crypto in Miami on November 17.
We will discuss whether or not there has been an increase in institutional adoption and how the regulatory framework may affect adoption in the future. given frustration at the lack of clarity in regulatory guidance, we’ll ask Dowling, Stilman, and Slaughter how legitimate crypto firms and boards are advising clients to navigate the current environment while operating in a compliant manner.
Dowling brings a unique perspective to the table, having experience working both at private equity firms and as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Economic Crimes Division. Shtylman brings deep knowledge of fintech and blockchain, and Slaughter brings legal and consulting experience in both the public and private sectors. We’ll dive into the latest insights on how emerging regulatory frameworks will impact the digital asset industry and get their take on whether we can expect to see clarity on this issue in the US by the end of the year.
Prior to joining Bitwise, Dowling served in General Counsel, CCO and COO roles at several financial and private equity firms. She also co-founded Luminate Capital Partners, where she held positions as GP, Managing Director and COO.
A Harvard Law graduate, Dowling spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, most recently in the Economic Crimes Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, where she worked with the FBI, SEC, IRS and other agencies to prosecute insider trading cases. , fraud and money laundering, among others. She also serves on the boards of two non-profit organizations.
As a partner at Perkins Coie, Sarah Stillman focuses on the fintech and blockchain industries. The clients she advises range from entrepreneurs and start-ups to large technology and regulated financial institutions. Shtylman advises on a variety of regulatory, commercial, compliance and product development projects — including NFTs, regulated digital asset platforms, in-game currencies and payment service integrations.
Shtylman has advised clients through the application and compliance processes for state and federal trust charters, money transfer licensing, and registration and lending licenses. She has engaged directly with state and federal regulators to discuss the applicability of various financial services regulatory regimes to emerging blockchain technology platforms and protocols that her clients are developing.
Prior to Perkins Coie, Shtylman served as in-house regulatory counsel at Coinbase and has experience developing and launching cryptocurrency networks, asset-backed digital tokens (including stablecoins), peer-to-peer lending, corporate governance, law for Bank Secrecy (BSA) ) compliance, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration and financial services litigation.
Prior to joining Paradigm, Justin Slaughter was Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Advisor to the acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alison Herren Lee. He also served as Chief Policy Advisor and Special Counsel to former Commissioner Sharon Bowen of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Chief Counsel to Senator Edward J. Brands.
Slaughter has also served as a consultant in private practice focused on fintech and smaller technology companies, and he began his career as a law clerk to Judge Jerome Farris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Justin holds a BA from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
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