On 6th November, Law Firm giants Perkins Cole LLC announced that they have hired former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) counsel Kari Larsen to join the entity’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group and Investment Management practice in New York.
J. Dax Hansen, Chair of Perkins Coie’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group said:
“Kari brings to bear a deep knowledge of derivative exchange platforms and the commodities sector to represent traders and CFTC registered entities focused on launching innovative products, including cryptocurrency products. Her relationships span funds, payment companies, money transmitters, trading and investment companies, and exchange platforms. Kari’s experience in these sectors further establishes our firm in the upper strata of law firm practitioners in the blockchain ecosystem.”
Kari brings more than two decades of private, in-house and government expertise to her work advising fintech, blockchain and digital business clients on matters including domestic and international commodity regulations, data governance and exchange-related issues. She began her career as International Operations Counsel for the Enforcement Division of the CFTC, advising on cross-border policy matters.
She later moved into private practice and held in-house positions, where she gained experience navigating complex transactional and regulatory matters as general counsel to several exchange companies which including the first U.S.-based, banked and regulated digital currency derivatives exchange and clearinghouse and the world’s second-largest environmental futures exchange.
Keith Miller, Managing Partner of Perkins Coie’s New York office stated:
“Kari’s experience at the CFTC, in-house and in private practice make her a sought-after lawyer. Her work in the fintech exchange space right as it came into being gave her a front-row seat to concerns that still abound through the industry. That, combined with her deep understanding of commodity laws, particularly in relation to exchanges and brokers, makes Kari an excellent addition to our team.”
Earlier Larsen said that she has always been interested in emerging markets, and that was one f the main reasons she moved towards blockchain and crypto-related law.