Meet the BlockDrop® team

Jeff Knight

Jeff Knight

Mr. Knight is a former corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur. With a background spanning transactional and litigation, Mr. Knight frequently used legal technologies to build efficiencies in his practice. In three consecutive years, from 2016 to 2018, Mr. Knight was awarded distinctions from Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. As CEO of BlockDrop, Mr. Knight brings a diverse background combined with an invaluable leadership skill set. Most recently, Mr. Knight served as a corporate lawyer at an esteemed mid-sized law firm located in Boston. Mr. Knight is also an experienced negotiator and trained mediator. With these skills, he has successfully negotiated large settlements in complex matters and assisted clients to avoid adverse regulatory action. Mr. Knight graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and completed his law degree at New England Law | Boston, with honors. While in law school, he served on the executive board of the Law Review. He was published on a topic advocating for a more fulsome Fifth Amendment invocation standard. Mr. Knight earned the CALI award for best grade in Evidence as well as Federal Courts. Mr. Knight was awarded the honors judicial internship and served this role for the then-Chief Judge Mark Wolf of the U.S. District Court (D. Mass) and again for now-retired Associate Justice Harry Grossman of the Massachusetts Land Court.
Karl Kobylecki

Karl Kobylecki, Esq.

Karl Kobylecki is an independent equity investor and derivatives strategist. Previously, Mr. Kobylecki worked at DLA Piper LLP in Silicon Valley as an associate attorney in the Corporate & Securities Group, where he advised clients on a wide variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, spin-offs and technology licensing deals. His legal experience also includes pro bono representation of various clients including environmental non-profit organizations, research foundations and tenants facing eviction. Prior to joining DLA, Mr. Kobylecki had worked as a research assistant for Professor Michael Klarman at Harvard Law School, as an English tutor in Shanghai, China, and as a Resident Advisor for the University of Michigan. Mr. Kobylecki is a member of the State Bar of California, holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. In his spare time, Mr. Kobylecki enjoys skiing, hiking, building computers and cooking.
Kayvan Sadeghi

Kayvan Sadeghi, Esq.

Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP
Kayvan is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in complex commercial and securities litigation, investigations, and enforcement proceedings. He has served as lead counsel in proceedings nationwide, and regularly defends clients before the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), state attorneys general, and other government agencies. He also advises corporate boards and special committees in connection with internal investigations and corporate governance matters.

His clients have included leading global companies, and their directors and officers, across a range of industries including financial services, media, technology, energy, and consumer products. He has successfully defended clients against billions of dollars in claims and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars as plaintiffs’ counsel. He is often called upon to address novel applications of federal securities laws and to address emerging technologies.

Kayvan is also an active member of the blockchain community, advising clients on securities litigation, enforcement, and other legal issues. He is a member of the Legal Working Group of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, and has enjoyed teaching cryptocurrency litigation, enforcement, and regulation as part of a graduate-level Fintech course.

With a strong commitment to pro bono service, Kayvan works with the National Women’s Law Center TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, successfully defended a freelance journalist in a highly publicized defamation case brought by a former top Mexican official, and worked with the New York Civil Liberties Union in class action litigation that led to a landmark settlement reforming the use of solitary confinement in New York prisons.
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Lewis Cohen, Esq.

Managing Partner, DLx Law
Lewis Cohen is a co-founder of DLx Law, a new type of law firm for the new 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 clients ranging from major enterprises to start-ups, as well as governmental entities in a variety of jurisdictions, on a broad range of matters involving the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Passionate about the impact of this technology, Lewis has become a major advocate for its potential 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 some of the world’s most elite global law firms, with a particular focus on securitization and structured finance. Lewis served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG) and, in 2018, Lewis was honored to have been recognized by Chambers Global as “Band 1” for Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies - USA.
Lewis is a frequent public speaker on the topic of blockchain and distributed ledger technology and he co-chairs SFIG’s Distributed Ledger Task Force.
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Scott Kimpel, Esq.

Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Scott H. Kimpel is a Partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, resident in Washington DC. He previously served on the Executive Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission as Counsel to Commissioner Troy A. Paredes from 2008 to 2012. Active in Hunton’s capital markets and securities practices, Kimpel leads the firm’s working group on blockchain and distributed ledger technology and edits its Blockchain Legal Resource blog.
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Alexandra Kramer, Esq.

Partner, CKR Law
Alexandra “Sasha” Levin Kramer is a partner at the global law firm of CKR Law LLP, and the Founding Chair of its Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency practice group of over 40 attorneys world-wide, who provide U.S. and foreign clients including startups, crypto funds, investors, advisors and more with sophisticated and knowledgeable legal advice in underlying legal specialties such as securities, real estate, intellectual property, banking, finance, corporate, investment funds, employment and litigation.
She is also the North American Director for the Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise and serves as a mentor for The Columbia | IBM Blockchain Accelerator and the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator.
Alexandra currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and is the creator of Women on the Block (the first all-female speaker Blockchain conference which took place on Mother’s Day, 2018 as part of New York Blockchain Week) as she believes that efforts are required to drive greater diversity across the ecosystem of blockchain, as it evolves and permeates multiple industry sectors around the world. Women and members of underrepresented groups should be provided a voice, a place at the table, and recognition of their revolutionary efforts in this industry to date, which at its core, is also good for business.
She is also the co-founder and CEO of, a blockchain-powered marketplace for employers and female freelancers to engage directly on a peer-to-peer basis.
Alexandra started her career practicing U.S. corporate & securities law in London at magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and later at White & Case in London and New York. Eventually she focused on real estate transactions at Katten Muchin Rosenman in New York. She later co-founded an alternative real estate investment fund, which she managed for five years before returning to practice blockchain law at CKR Law LLP. Prior to attending law school, Alexandra worked in Jerusalem in the offices of Member of Parliament Dr. Yuri Shtern and the Yisrael B'Aliya Parliamentary Party. She is a graduate of New York University (MS, Real Estate Finance & Investment, 2011), University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, 2001) and Barnard College of Columbia University (BA, 1994).
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Courtney R. Perrin, Esq.

Managing Associate, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Courtney Rogers Perrin is an attorney at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Nashville, Tennessee. She practices primarily in blockchain, payments, and mergers and acquisitions. In the past few years, Courtney has facilitated the launch of numerous blockchain-based companies and helped guide them through regulations like the Bank Secrecy Act and state money transmitter laws. She realizes that every legal decision is guided by the underpinning business decisions and enjoys advising clients at the forefront of technological advances and the law.
Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, she worked in bankruptcy and restructuring in New York City, both as an associate at an AmLaw50 firm and as a distressed debt analyst at a global bank. She has developed a well-rounded legal practice, grounded in real-world experience.
She is a member of several blockchain organizations in Nashville, as well as the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Courtney’s full biography can be found here.
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David Sorin, Esq.

Partner, McCarter & English
David Sorin Chairs McCarter & English’s Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice and its Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency Practice, representing privately- and publicly-owned startup, early stage, emerging growth, and middle market technology, tech-enabled and life science enterprises, as well as the investors, executives, and boards of directors who support and lead them. Dave has a long track record of successful representation of growth companies, having been repeatedly recognized by well-known periodicals for a unique combination of legal acumen and sound business judgment, as well as his involvement in emerging technologies from market inception to maturity. This year, for the second year in a row, Chambers, the leading publication that ranks lawyers and law firms, named Dave one of the top lawyers in the US in the representation of startup, emerging growth and venture capital backed companies. INC. Magazine recognized Dave as one of the top lawyers in NY, specifically citing his “client intelligence.” Under his leadership, McCarter & English has become one of the leading, and most active, law firms in transactions for venture-backed companies and other emerging areas. In fact, it is a top-ten global law firm in several distinct categories according to PitchBook’s 2018 global league rankings regionally, nationally, globally and with respect to both enterprise software and global early stage company transactions. He also has been at the forefront of many of the leading initiatives in technology and entrepreneurship in the states of NY and NJ, including serving on the Board of the New York Venture Capital Association, the creation of the New Jersey Technology Council, the formation of each of the NJTC Venture Fund and JumpstartNJ, and the establishment of Propelify.
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Joel S. Telpner, Esq.

Partner, Sullivan & Worcester
Joel Telpner is the Chair of Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s Fintech and Blockchain Practice. He is a seasoned advisor, strategist, and problem solver. Joel brings more than 30 years of legal experience in a career that includes time as an AmLaw 100 partner, the former U.S. general counsel of a global financial institution, and a venture capitalist. He is a highly sought after legal advisor in the blockchain space and a well-known thought leader in the industry.
  • Joel was named as one of the Top 10 Fintech attorneys in America by the Chambers and Partners in their Fintech 2019 edition and a “Trailblazer” in the National Law Journal’s inaugural Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech List, among other recognitions.
  • He structured some of the first token sales and blockchain-based applications, including the first issuance of digital securities utilizing blockchain technology for, and helped Overstock’s tZero trading platform obtain the necessary regulatory approval to trade crypto securities.
  • His clients describe him as a "very sharp and very experienced partner" that can "sort through the chaff and get to the nub of things impressively quickly." His practice features considerable strength in the blockchain and cryptocurrency field, particularly with regards to regulatory compliance in areas such as token offerings and trading.
  • He led a panel discussion about token sales and Best Practices in Davos during the World Economic Forum, and is a co-founder of the Stablecoin Foundation, a global trade association for stablecoins.
  • Joel works on global regulatory policy initiatives for the Blockchain Research Institute, the Global Blockchain Business Council, the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Wharton Reg@Tech, and the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group.
  • Being recognized worldwide as an authority on blockchain and cryptocurrency issues, Joel currently sits on several of the industry’s leading research groups and has spoken extensively worldwide. He has been active in this space since 2014.
  • Mr. Telpner has an M.B.A. from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, J.D., with distinction, The University of Iowa, and a B.B.A., The University of Iowa.
  • Mr. Telpner’s full biography can be found here.
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Shawnna M. Childress

IBM Client Partner & Global Co-Leader of the Cognitive Legal Practice
Ms. Hoffman is an IBM Client Partner and serves as the Global Co-Leader of the IBM Cognitive Legal Practice. She is a sought after Blockchain Subject Matter Expert and recently spoke at the United Nations at the Blockchain for Impact Summit and GlobalMindED on the subject “Blockchain, Financial Fuel for Sustainable Development”. In September 2018, she was appointed as Chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) Distributed Ledger Technology and Market Infrastructure Subcommittee for the 2018 - 2020 term. In March 2019, she testified in front of the CFTC on “The Current State of Blockchain Adoption”. She has one published patent for Detecting Clusters and Relationships in Large Data Sets (20180096047) and one pending for Method and System for Pattern-based Home Network Configuration (END820160894). She also co-authored the book "eDiscovery Plain & Simple" (ISBN-13:97814394079), is the Co-Founder of Women in eDiscovery (Founded in 2007) and the Co-Founder of Diversity in Blockchain (Founded in 2017). In 2017, Ms. Hoffman became an Advisory Board Member for Integra Ledger and became a pioneering member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium. In 2015, she was certified as an IBM Thought Leader. In 2017, she was awarded the Certificate of Leader Development in National Security and Strategy by the U.S. Army War College.
Tyler J. Harttraft

Tyler J. Harttraft, Esq.

Bull Blockchain Law, LLC
Tyler Harttraft’s practice includes defending corporate entities in high-stakes litigation and advising companies on a variety of intellectual property and technology matters. In the past, Mr. Harttraft assisted in advising both small, local businesses and Fortune 500 companies regarding trademark and copyright infringement claims and clearance opinions. His combined transactional and litigation experience includes crafting agreements to protect the intellectual property rights of businesses, as well as litigating, resolving, and negotiating claims filed by others. Mr. Harttraft received his law degree from Drexel University, where he focused on corporate and intellectual property law and was a member of the school’s esteemed Trial Team. He was also a Staff Editor of the Drexel Law Review and an advocate for Philadelphia area startups and non-profit organizations. A published author on developments in intellectual property law and blockchain technology, Mr. Harttraft is a member of the American Bar Association’s Trademarks and Internet Committee. Mr. Harttraft is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
Andrew Bull

Andrew Bull, Esq.

Bull Blockchain Law, LLC
Andrew Bull is an expert in cryptocurrency and blockchain regulation, Mr. Bull holds a Law Degree and Master’s Degree from Drexel University, where he wrote his thesis on the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the U.S. from 2013 to 2016. Finding Bitcoin in 2011, Mr. Bull has now spent more than 7 years within the blockchain space, providing legal consulting for individuals and businesses on how to launch regulatory compliant ICOs, funds, and layered blockchain applications in traditional business platforms. Since 2016, Mr. Bull has been the CEO of Titan Ventures, operating a digital asset fund and proprietary crypto mining operation. He also frequently writes and speaks publicly on topics ranging from blockchain implementation in the financial, healthcare, and tech sectors to regulatory compliance for all crypto and blockchain related businesses.
Rebecca Rettig

Rebecca Rettig, Esq.

Partner, FisherBroyles LLP
Rebecca Rettig is a complex commercial litigator specializing in legal and regulatory matters relating to blockchain and digital assets. Rebecca is a member of Global Digital Finance (“GDF”), a global industry body that has drafted a Code of Conduct for token sales, and, in her capacity with GDF, contributed substantially to the proposed code relating to token offering white papers.
Rebecca litigates and arbitrates matters relating to digital assets and blockchain. In addition, Rebecca has advised Wall Street private equity firms on the legal and regulatory implications relating to potential digital asset- and blockchain-related investments, and has advised clients on the legal and regulatory implications of issuing security and consumer tokens. Rebecca also advises and guides blockchain clients in pre-litigation disputes to resolution to ensure that they avoid protracted and public litigation.
Although the blockchain industry is young and thus, litigation relating to these matters is relatively new, Rebecca has had the unique experience of arbitrating a crypto-related dispute from start to finish. Rebecca leverages that experience to advise her clients in both pre-litigation and litigation stages.
In addition to her blockchain practice, Rebecca handles cases in federal and state court, and has litigated successfully for financial institutions, technology companies, hedge funds, and major airlines.
Rebecca previously worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where she served as lead trial counsel and trial counsel in a number of cases pending in federal and state courts. She advised clients in all aspects of pre-litigation dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution, and general litigation.
Alex Bardine

Alex Bardine, Esq.

LLM (Harvard), MLaw (Zurich), BLaw (Zurich) Founder, Trustee Blockchain-based data security
Alex Bardine focuses upon mediation, business negotiations, and international commercial arbitration. Mr. Bardine holds an LL.M. Degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as a Vice President at Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association as well as an Editor at Harvard Business Law Review including as an Online Staff Editor at Harvard International Law Journal. He also holds a Bachelor of Law (summa cum laude) and Master of Law (summa cum laude) degrees from the University of Zurich, where he is also working on his Ph.D. thesis on Litigation Funding in International Commercial Arbitration. Between 2013 and 2017 Mr. Bardine served as an Alumni Board Member of the Swiss-based Institute for Value-based Entrepreneurship, coaching future leaders and entrepreneurs. In 2018 Mr. Bardine co-founded an MIT-based startup Trustee dedicated to solving an identity fraud issue through blockchain. He is an active member of multiple international professional associations and in his practice focuses on business negotiations. He served as Mediator in Massachusetts small claim courts and also writes and speaks on topics related to commercial dispute resolution.
Katrin Kuhlmann

Katrin Kuhlmann, Esq.

Professor of Law | Harvard Law School, Georgetown President of New Markets Lab Formerly of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP
Katrin Kuhlmann is the President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, a non-profit law and development center. She is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and she serves as a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Her areas of focus include trade and development, economic law and regulation, entrepreneurship, regional trade, and international legal and regulatory reform. She is published widely and frequently speaks on these topics, and she has testified before Congress on several occasions. Ms. Kuhlmann is a Senior Associate with the Global Food Security Project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Law and International Development Society (LIDS) at Harvard and Georgetown Law Schools, the Bretton Woods Committee, the Trade Policy Forum, and the Trade, Finance, and Development Experts Group of the E15 Initiative led by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum. She serves on the boards of Listening for America, the Washington International Trade Association and Malaika Foundation. Ms. Kuhlmann was previously a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Senior Advisor at the Corporate Council on Africa. Earlier in her career, she was a trade negotiator at USTR and practiced international law at Skadden Arps and Dewey Ballantime. Before founding the New Markets Lab, she held leadership positions in several non-profit organizations and think tanks, including as a Senior Fellow and Director at the Aspen Institute, and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She holds degrees from Harvard Law School and Creighton University and was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study international economics.
Ellen McCarthy

Ellen McCarthy

Computershare USA Formerly Senior Counsel at Financial Industry Regulatory Authority/New York Stock Exchange
Ellen McCarthy currently serves as Head of Compliance for Computershare USA. She is an accomplished C-level executive, attorney, and business partner with a proven track record of providing leadership, strategy, execution, and subject matter expertise in meeting regulatory requirements and mitigating risk across enterprises. Ellen has had a distinguished career implementing initiatives that have transformed organizations and ensured regulatory safety and soundness as well as operational excellence. Her prior roles include providing compliance and risk management advisory consulting services to the blockchain industry and top-tier financial services organizations worldwide, and providing in-house executive compliance and risk management leadership for a number of financial institutions in North America.

Ellen's deep regulatory compliance background has its genesis in leadership roles at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Ellen advanced through increasingly responsible Senior Counsel roles with NYSE/FINRA, holding key positions on several committees that drove continuous improvements through cross-functional collaborations with internal and external stakeholders and advanced the organization's diversity, inclusion, and educational initiatives. She planned and executed hundreds of high-impact investigations and prosecutions for NYSE/FINRA.

Enforcement regarding alternative investments, private placements, market timing, customer suitability and sales practice concerns, social media, complex structured products, initial public offerings (IPOs), anti-money laundering (AML), cyber security/protection of sensitive customer data, fraud, and financial/operational misconduct. Ellen earned a J.D. from St. John's University and a B.A., Summa Cum Laude from St. Joseph's College, where she was class Valedictorian. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and is a Bar Member of the State of New York. Ms. McCarthy received Working Mother Magazine's "Working Mother of the Year Award" in 2013. Born and raised in Brooklyn Heights, NY, she now resides in Breezy Point, NY with her husband and two sons. Active in her community, Ellen serves on the Lawyers and Hearing Committees of her residential cooperative, was Chair of the St. Matthias Catholic Academy Board, and is a past Board member of the Cobble Hill Health Center and Stella Maris High School.
Debbie Hoffman

Debbie Hoffman, Esq.

Founder and CEO Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc
Debbie Hoffman is Founder & CEO of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc. where she works with clients in their endeavors related to education, strategy and development of blockchain solutions. With her experience in financial services, law and technology innovation, Debbie brings a unique perspective in working with Symmetry’s clients. Debbie was previously the Chief Legal Officer at a financial services company where, in addition to overseeing all legal and compliance matters, she was an integral part of the executive team in the strategy and implementation of client solutions. She spent a decade of her career as a real estate finance attorney at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. Debbie has also been a professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law and the University of Central Florida. In 2018 Debbie was named as a NAWRB Roaring Thirty Winner in the category of “The Visionary.” In 2017, Debbie was awarded as a Top General Counsel by the First Chair Awards, received an Honorable Mention as a Leading Lady in the MReport’s Women in Housing issue and was named as a 2017 “Hot 100” in Mortgage Professional America. She was selected as a 2018, 2016 and 2014 Woman of Influence by Housingwire Magazine and was awarded a 2015 Stevie® Award, Woman of the Year and a 2014 Stevie® Award, Female Executive. She is a frequent author in industry periodicals, a speaker at conferences and events, as well as a guest lecturer at universities of higher education.
Joshua Klayman BlockDrop Advisor

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Charles Nesson

Charles Nesson, Esq.

Weld Professor of Law | Harvard Law School Founder of Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Professor Nesson charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he founded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, which has since evolved to become the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He has taught Evidence, the American Jury, and Fair Trial for Harvard Law School and JuryX online for HarvardX. Professor Nesson is currently leading a project for restorative justice in Jamaica. More information can be found here.
Steve Roach

Steve Roach

Formerly of Citi - Chief of Staff to CTO Legal Compliance Technology
Steve Roach is a senior financial services executive with extensive experience across the operations and technology management spectrum. Mr. Roach is known to be effective at building and directing teams by defining strategic direction and delivering solutions through disciplined execution management, client centric MIS, and people development. Mr. Roach has directly managed both front and back office organizations, worked domestically and in foreign offices, been responsible for both line and staff departments, and has spanned both retail and wholesale financial services functions. This wide background allows him to bring a unique business perspective to the management process and accelerates productivity. Some representative background areas include: Business Risk Management - Managed the overall implementation and maturity evolution of the Management Control Framework Environment across the Prepaid Cards Business; assure the assessment of the effectiveness of the process controls and the development of the Key Metrics to manage, assess, and mitigate Operational Risk through a rigorous governance process. COO / CAO / CFO - Managed the organizational infrastructure and the financial reporting functions(Client Services, IT, Human Resources, Accounting, Payroll, Cash Management) for a receivables financing firm, during a period of rapid growth in which the client base quadrupled, and the funding levels rose five fold Strategic Planning and Analysis - Established product unit costs in all operations locations worldwide, for a global financial services business, providing the first comprehensive tool to focus the 1,200 person organization on uniform goals to manage the $70,000,000 expense budget; offsetting $6,000,000 in previously uncovered risks and implemented a foreign currency expense hedging process for our overseas facilities Security / Risk Management - Directed global security administration and encryption authentication in multiple geographic locations, managing system level and network access entitlements; safeguarded $13 trillion in daily client transaction volume Technology Management - Managed a multinational Compliance Technology Portfolio team that addressed compliance with Conflict of Interest policy for a 70,000 corporate banking employee base Wholesale Banking Operations, Internal Audit Department – Managed operational and EDP audit programs for several wholesale banking areas as well as for compliance to SDLC throughout the development lifecycle Identity & Entitlement Management – Managed an enterprise wide program for Identity and Entitlement Management, executing programs and process to assure only proper access to information assets was permitted for a multinational commercial bank (over 300,000 employees and over 100,000 non-employees); Directed the Enterprise Control of Identities and Entitlements initiative for BanamexUSA addressing over-entitlement risks to information assets throughout the entitlement life cycle and implementing processes to improve core identity, provisioning, review, and de-provisioning.
Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner

CEO | Tokes Platform
Michael hails from an eclectic background in finance, technology, and the blockchain & cryptocurrency industries. His traditional career work developed aptitudes in a number of disciplines within private wealth management, including securities analysis, investment selection, and portfolio construction and management. These techniques were further refined through the completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst program administered through the CFA Institute, a prestigious financial designation. Michael began analyzing cryptocurrencies in 2013 and quickly began introducing them as an alternative asset class, and potential diversifier in the portfolio construction process. With proficiencies in computer hardware management, he subsequently developed extensive mining operations focused on POW-mineable cryptocurrencies, with a specific emphasis on profit maximization techniques, and custom mining software development. After a number of successes in both finance and blockchain, he co-founded the blockchain technology company Tokes Platform as an initiative targeting payments in the legal cannabis space. The company now develops full crypto-based point-of-sale software, seed-to-sale tracking on blockchain, supply chain management solutions, and is seeing significant interest in adoption in a diverse range of industries.
Adnan Islam

Adnan Islam, J.D., LLM, CPA

Partner | Friedman LLC
Adnan Islam, Esq., CPA, is a partner with Friedman LLP, co-chair of the International Tax group, and leader of the Blockchain/Digital Asset Transactions group. He has nearly 15 years of public accounting experience as a licensed tax attorney and CPA. Adnan has served an array of industries and clients ranging from startups to publicly traded companies including Avon, MeadWestvaco, Honeywell, Verizon, Agilent, SunGard, Booz Allen, IDT, AMEX, Conair and various crypto (digital asset), private equity, and hedge funds. Adnan specializes in cross-border strategies, comprehensive inbound tax services, global information reporting, and structuring for crypto funds, blockchain, and digital asset services and trading companies.
As an industry thought leader, Adnan has lectured on international tax at TEI events, AICPA seminars, and has served as an adjunct professor for Golden Gate University Master’s in Tax curriculum. Adnan’s expertise includes advising clients at all stages of business and restructuring, with respect to FDII, GILTI, and subpart F and Section 956 exposure to avoid undesirable phantom income taxed at ordinary rates. Additionally, Adnan empowers his clients’ decision-making and improves their supply chain and operational efficiency, by utilizing holding companies, treaty country networks, and the FDII incentive within the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. Adnan is advising companies, business owners, and fund partners, as they navigate the complex blockchain and crypto currency spaces to optimize their tax positions and stay compliant.
Adnan is a licensed attorney admitted to practice law in New Jersey, DC, and California and a Certified Public Accountant (NY & CA). He holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University; and an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.
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