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Marco Santori

Partner, Cooley


Marco Santori leads Cooley’s fintech practice, and is an authority in the law of blockchain technology. He is the Legal Ambassador for the Delaware Blockchain Initiative, the drafter of the New Jersey Digital Currency Jobs Creation Act and was called “The Dean of Digital Currency Lawyers” by an American Banker journalist. Marco focuses his practice on structuring innovative products into existing regulations, as well as crafting new regulations where required. He counsels on compliance with and disputes over money services, securities and derivatives laws, with both high-growth fintech companies and international financial institutions.

Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation Regulatory Affairs Committee since 2013 and Global Policy Counsel for Blockchain, Marco is a highly sought after advisor to the fintech and blockchain industries.

He is a frequent speaker on the topic, including recent engagements at the ABA’s 2016 Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology National Institute, the Cato Institute’s Cryptocurrency: The Policy Challenges of a Decentralized Revolution Conference, the North American Bitcoin Conference and the Consensus Conference. He is also a frequent contributor at CoinDesk, and has appeared on CNBC, Al Jazeera America’s Real Money with Ali Velshi and Bloomberg TV. He has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Wired, and Crain's New York Business.

Before beginning his legal career, Marco founded and operated a successful home-decor distribution company, which imported textiles from India, China and Canada and sold to institutional customers in the Americas and across Europe.