The Regulatory Landscape of FinTech

We are delighted to announce details of our seminar: The Regulatory Landscape of FinTech, in association with Multilaw.

Date: Tuesday, 20th November 2018


Harvard Club of New York City,
35 West 44th Street,
New York, NY 10036


09:30am – 10:00am Breakfast and Registration
10:00am – 11:30am Panel discussion
11:30am – 12:00pm Q&A/Networking & Close

Key topics:

• US and Americas regulatory landscape in relation to FinTech
• Key regulatory areas in relation to blockchain
• China's perspective on cryptocurrency
• Bitcoin ETF approval by the SEC
• Using and leveraging intellectual property protections 
• Choice of technology and its impact on the regulatory onus for a project
• Enforcement actions by the SEC    



Adam Cooke
Executive Director

Adam Cooke was born in Sydney Australia. He has degrees from the University of New South Wales, the University of New England, the University of Oxford, the University of London and City University.

After an early career in education he switched to law and gained experience in working for a law firm and in legal publishing. He is now Executive Director at Multilaw, a global network of law firms that has over 9,000 lawyers in 100 countries. He is based in the Multilaw Global Office in London but travels frequently throughout the world and is a frequent panelist, speaker and moderator at international legal conferences.

Jake Brukhman
Managing Director & CEO

Jake is Managing Director & CEO at CoinFund, a blockchain-focused cryptofund founded nearly three years ago as one of the world’s very first diversified portfolios of cryptoassets, regarding cryptocurrencies and tokens as a radically new asset class. CoinFund invests and works with companies of all stages in accelerating cryptoeconomic business models. In 2018, CoinFund announced a strategic partnership with Venrock to help evaluate, invest, and accelerate companies in the blockchain space.

Jake has worked as an advisor to companies like Kik Interactive and YouNow, the first major VC-backed technology companies to take on blockchain-based business models, as well as decentralization-focused projects like Decentraland, Aragon, and Cent. Previously, Jake was Partner & CTO at Triton Research, a technical product manager and engineer at, and spent five years as a financial technologist at Highbridge Capital Management and as a quantitative researcher at Kohera. Jake has nine years of experience in pure and financial technology, a background in computer science and mathematics, and an avid interest in blockchain and financial technology.


Pei Chen

Pei Chen is transitioning into the role of Director at ConsenSys. ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists and entrepreneurs building the infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world.

Prior to Consensys, Pei served as a Senior Product Manager at Goldman Sachs, leading a team of business architects and software developers to design and deploy key technology solutions across for multiple business divisions. She has over eight years of experience in the financial industry with a proven ability to drive large-scale technology initiatives and influence organizational strategy.

Pei received a Master's degree in Quantitative Finance from Lehigh University and holds a Bachelors in Economics with a Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship from Zhejiang University.

Alex Yong Hao

Alex is a partner at JunHe’s New York office. Alex has been practicing law in New York since 2003, and joined JunHe in 2011 after eight years at two leading U.S. law firms (White & Case; Vinson & Elkins). Alex has significant experience in corporate, M&A, finance and FDI matters involving China. He also advises US clients on complying with China’s rapidly developing laws in areas such as anti-bribery, anti-monopoly, labor and employment, and national security. In addition, Alex acts as outside general counsel for many Chinese clients doing business in the U.S. (including some of China’s largest developers, banks and manufacturers) and links them with U.S. lawyers and other professionals.

Clients report that “Alex has superb instincts, utmost discretion, a keen judgment, a unique ability to de-mystify the complex, and a phenomenal ability to bring in all the expertise that is needed, but never more than what's needed.” Because “he's always exactly where you need him, when you need him” and “extremely creative and responsive”, clients “would recommend Alex in a heartbeat" and “just can't imagine doing anything legal in China without his counsel.”

Alex frequently speaks and writes on China-related legal and business issues, and has been interviewed by leading Chinese and U.S. media. He co-chairs Practising Law Institute’s annual seminar on Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets. Alex considers himself a European history buff and a linguistics fan, and finds ultimate relaxation in long-distance driving. 

Richard Levin
Head of Financial Technology Practice

Richard B. Levin is the Chair of the Financial Services Technology (FinTech) and Regulation Practice at Polsinelli PC. His practice focuses on the representation of early stage and publicly traded companies in the FinTech industry, including broker-dealers, hedge funds, alternative trading systems (ATSs), exchanges, peer to peer lending platforms, robo advisors, crowdfunding portals, and digital currency platforms. He represents these firms before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Financial Industry and Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Richard has represented clients before regulators in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom. He also counsels companies that appear before the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

Richard played a leadership role in the launch of two joint ventures of leading investment banks, and has served in senior legal, business, and compliance positions in publicly traded and privately held financial services firms. Before entering private practice, he was the Global Head of Product Development for Compliance and Operations for Deutsche Bank. Richard also served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of two U.S. ATSs and a U.K. based multi-lateral trading facility (MTF). Richard began his career on Wall Street by serving as the General Counsel of one of the original Electronic Communications Networks (ECNs), and as Assistant General Counsel and Regulatory Affairs Officer of a leading investment bank.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences on regulatory and market structure issues and the co-author of the chapter on U.S. regulation of virtual currencies for the Handbook of Digital Currency and the chapter on regulation of digital asset platforms for the Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance and Inclusion both published by Elsevier. Richard is listed as one of twelve attorneys in the Chambers Global Spotlight on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.

Cindy Yang
Co-head of Financial Technology Practice

Cindy Yang is co-head of the FinTech Industry Practice Group at Duane Morris LLP. Ms. Yang focuses her practice on patent, trademark and copyright litigation, U.S. and foreign patent and trademark prosecution, opinion work, licensing, due diligence investigations in technology-based M&A deals, and issues and investigations involving U.S. federal regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Ms. Yang also counsels clients on legal and regulatory issues in the fast-paced world of cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency exchanges and fund formation, token technology, smart contracts, initial coin offerings (ICOs), security token offering (STOs), cryptocurrency mining and public and permissioned blockchain-based technologies in a variety of applications, and handles inquiries involving cryptocurrencies and other digital assets before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Ms. Yang has extensive multidistrict experience and represents a broad spectrum of U.S. and international clients before courts throughout the United States. Ms. Yang’s litigation and counseling experience involves an expansive array of products and technologies, such as blockchain and distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrency payment systems, cryptocurrency price prediction systems, gene and protein therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, vaccines, treatment methods, pharmaceutical compounds and formulations, medical devices, smart environmental monitoring systems, aquaculture production methods, light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and lighting systems, telemedicine, radio frequency identification systems, teleconferencing systems, magnetic fluid conditioning systems, website builders, music apps, public art works, jewelry and clothing designs. Additionally, Ms. Yang has counseled many clients on license agreements, joint venture agreements, settlements of complex lawsuits, non-disclosure agreements, media and entertainment agreements, research & development agreements, software development agreements, and asset acquisition agreements, and assists high tech, fashion, media and entertainment companies, nonprofit organizations and professional sports teams with their advertising and branding strategies.