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Advances in Blockchain and DLT are poised to change the world. We know this. You know this. Unfortunately, government agencies and corporate stakeholders are still trying to play catch up. Regulatory bodies have yet to develop sustainable frameworks necessary for the DLT industry’s growth potential. Trying to guess the appropriate next steps for your DLT project is not only frustrating, but could result in dangerous legal ramifications for your best intentions.
That’s where we step in. We are a group of blockchain attorneys who stay up to date with recent trends in the industry, and monitor developments in the regulatory bodies across the world. We help entrepreneurs reach their industry changing potential, while ensuring that regulatory demands and necessary corporate frameworks are met. We helps companies apply DLT innovations to their existing businesses, while ensuring that regulatory concerns are considered and implemented.
We believe in the Blockchain and DLT industry, and want to ensure that innovators and market participants have access to competent and affordable legal and consulting services for their projects.
2020 Update: Support for DeFi Projects
Decentralized Finance or “DeFi” is one of the hottest areas in the crypto/blockchain world in 2020. This space can be roughly defined as the provision of financial market-like services and facilities completely within the crypto space, typically, and sometimes completely, mediated by smart contracts published immutably on the blockchain. DeFi encompasses borrowing and lending, margining, derivatives, token/coin exchange (as in decentralized exchanges, or “DEXes”), and more. The opportunity to earn “yield” by participating in DeFi (sometimes in a conveniently-mediated way) has earned the excitement of those thirsting for returns in a world of suppressed banking rates, while the potential to finally supplant outmoded aspects of the old financial system — seen to be a “promise” on the horizon since the advent of bitcoin over a decade ago — has captivated imaginations.
However, those spearheading DeFi projects should know that there are many legal considerations implicated by these activities. DeFi occurs at the intersection of many areas of law — including, but not limited to, securities law, banking law, lending law, anti-money laundering (AML) law, commodities and derivatives law, and even gaming/wagering law. Further, as many DeFi projects integrate a Decentralized Autonomous Organization, or “DAO”, areas such as corporate, nonprofit and/or foundation law, as well as international law and the specific law of various jurisdictions come into play. Project founders and other participants should be aware that they may create additional liability — including for themselves as individuals — by launching a DeFi project without checking to make sure there are not significant legal tripwires ahead of them. Often times, these hazards can be avoided or mitigated by consulting with legal advisors who are well-versed in DeFi and crypto generally, and who understand their interactions with both established legal disciplines of relevance, as well as more fluid and nebulous aspects of regulatory concern. A “DeFi legal checkup” with IBL is well worth it — especially done in advance!
Alexander Rodriguez, Esq.
Alexander is an attorney focusing on Blockchain & DLT structuring, Business Transactions, and Capital Formation. He earned his JD & MBA from St. Thomas University, a Master’s degree in finance from Harvard University with certificates from both Harvard Law School & Harvard Business School, and his BBA from Florida International University. He is licensed to practice law in both Massachusetts and Florida. Alexander has experience with multiple tech startups, as a founder and/or general counsel in the areas of legal-tech platforms, entertainment firms, and employment staffing firms. He is also the President of Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, served as a Vice President of the Harvard Graduate Council, and regularly speaks on panels regarding policy, advocacy, and innovation.
Aaron P. Krowne, Esq.
Aaron Krowne is a New York city-based attorney who primarily works with small businesses and startups, and in particular, blockchain-based ventures. Mr. Krowne has represented a number of well known clients in the blockchain space, helping companies reach their business structuring, capital formation, and go-to-market strategy goals.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Krowne was a serial internet entrepreneur with multiple lauded successes, a software developer and a data scientist (he holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics).
He is certified in privacy law, and possesses years of legal practice experience and a full educational background in intellectual property law. He enjoys bringing his technical and venture experience directly to bear on blockchain legal practice.
Maria Mendoza, Esq.
María G. Mendoza is an experienced lawyer and her practice focuses on a wide range of complex civil litigation, immigration, and appellate matters. Internationally, Ms. Mendoza represents clients in all facets of the employment-based immigration arena, real estate developers on various issues, and corporate clients.
Ms. Mendoza started her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Vanessa Ruiz of the D.C. Court of Appeals. Ms. Mendoza has worked as a litigator at a boutique firm in the District of Columbia, where she successfully litigated over fifty IDEA matters and represented clients in litigation before the District Court for the District of Columbia. As a law student, she also worked in Schering Plough’s legal department, where she worked on complex pharmaceutical and labor law litigation disputes, and she was a summer associate at a major law firm in the Southwest.
She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and served on the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia for several years at the beginning of her career. She currently serves as a Board of Director for the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and previously held leadership positions with the D.C. Bar and Gateway Community Development Corporation. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona, College of Law and her undergrate degree from New Mexico State University, and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Rogelio J. Carrasquillo, Esq.
Roy has been providing strategic guidance and advice to clients in a variety of complex and sophisticated legal transactions for almost 20 years. He advises domestic and foreign companies, multinationals, and entrepreneurs on their business activities and investment considerations in the United States and throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe, including in cross-border transactions. He earned his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, and his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.
Roy worked with various US and international law firms in New York, Puerto Rico and Shanghai, China. Roy began his career as an associate of the New York office of Fried Frank where he represented foreign and domestic issuers with their capital markets, securities and corporate needs. He has also been a partner with Akerman LLP, Fox Rothschild and Cozen O’Connor. He was also the Secretary of the Board of Directors of First BanCorp (NYSE: FBP), the financial holding company of FirstBank Puerto Rico and a member of the Board of Directors of Metro Puerto Rico, LLC and the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance in New York.
Roy assists clients in equity and debt offerings registered under U.S. securities laws, the issuance of equity and debt in global transactions not subject to the registration requirements of U.S. securities laws — principally Rule 144A, Regulation S and Regulation D offerings, 1934 and 1933 Act compliance — and with corporate governance and securities regulation matters. Roy also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, real estate transactions, and infrastructure development, with an emphasis on Puerto Rico and the Latin American region. He routinely counsels U.S. and foreign clients and high net worth individuals seeking to relocate to Puerto Rico on maximizing available opportunities under the Puerto Rico economic tax incentives pursuant to Puerto Rico Acts 20 and 22.
Gregory M. Karch, Esq.
Greg Karch is a lawyer admitted to the Florida bar practicing in business transactions, formation, governance, structuring and finance, including mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulation.
Greg works with public and private corporations, closely held businesses, and start-up and emerging companies. He has developed a practice focused on emerging blockchain technology and smart contracts. Greg brings over 20 years of non-lawyer experience in business and law to his business law practice.
Greg completed an LLM in Business Transactions from the University of Alabama in August 2017. Greg graduated cum laude from Florida A&M University School of Law, where he was a member of the Florida A&M Law Review. Prior to law school, Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University in 1993 and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University in 1994 while serving in the United States Navy.
Greg has published several scholarly articles related to business transactions, exploring policy and legal issues related to digital currency, blockchain, smart contracts, due diligence, risk management and cost controls. Greg is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association,and the American Bar Association. Originally from Colorado, Greg has lived in the Tampa area since 1999.
Louis B. Berk, Esq.
Louis Berk was born in Caracas, Venezuela where he lived with his parents and younger sister. In the Summer of 1994, his parents made the life changing decision to relocate to the United States. This move was challenging and forced Louis to learn a new language, make new friends and start a new life in Florida. However, Louis was up for the challenge and was excited for a new beginning. He grew up in Hollywood, Florida and later attended Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton. At FAU he received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Finance and Accounting. Following his graduation Louis moved to Orlando and attended Florida A&M College of Law where he received a Juris Doctorate degree in 2014.
In December of 2014 Louis took an opportunity presented to him to work at McBride, Scicchitano & Leacox P.A. He oversaw his own case load in the litigation department and put his fluent spanish to daily use. During his time at McBride, Louis oversaw thousands of cases and in his three year span recovered millions of dollars for his clients. While he took away various learnings every week, Louis always viewed his clients’ satisfaction as key to a successful business.
In January 2018, Louis embraced his passion for business, tech and blockchain and co-founded Blockchain Partners, PLLC. His firm specializes in security and utility token sales, SAFT and SAFE agreements, as well as handling any other matter involving digital currencies.
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