Two New Blockchain Legal Experts Join Perkins Coie

Jacob Farber from R3 and Frederick Fedynyshyn, formerly of BitPesa (and ex-NSA), join the law firm's blockchain practice.

Perkins Coie LLP, a US-based international law firm, has announced that Jacob S. Farber and Frederick B. Fedynyshyn have joined the firm as senior counsels in its Technology Transactions & Privacy practice.

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Farber rejoins Perkins Coie in its Washington, D.C., office after spending the last year as General Counsel and co-head of regulatory affairs at R3. “I am tremendously pleased to welcome Jacob on his return to Perkins Coie,” said William Malley, Managing Partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. “Jacob is admired by clients and peers for his deep understanding of the workings of government regulatory agencies. He is well-versed in evolving blockchain and fintech issues and a valuable resource to the firm and its clients in these complex matters. It is great to have him back.”

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Fred, based in Perkins Coie’s Seattle office, brings hands-on experience with the commercial applications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, He was chief legal and compliance officer of BitPesa. Earlier in his career, he spent three years with the National Security Agency providing legal support to counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and national security operations and investigations.

“Fred comes to Perkins Coie with knowledge of the comprehensive regulatory issues specific to the blockchain and fintech space,” said Marcelo Halpern, Co-Chair of Perkins Coie’s Technology Transactions & Privacy practice. “His significant experience in financial technology and cybersecurity issues is especially relevant to Perkins Coie’s tech practices and acknowledged reputation as the ‘go to’ firm in blockchain and electronic financial transactions.”

Perkins Coie recently helped form and currently serves as legal counsel to the newly established Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.

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