New York; Silicon Valley
Austin is global head of Orrick’s Capital Markets practice and global cochair of Orrick's Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice. He focuses on
capital markets, cryptocurrency, venture capital and corporate law, with extensive experience
in public offerings, public and private company governance and securities law
counsels technology companies of all sizes and stages of development, including
advising on formation, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial
public offerings, corporate governance, and intellectual property issues. He is
a recognized leader in capital markets work for both companies and investment banks, leading deals involving BAML, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley, in connection with initial
public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology and life sciences
With a combination of securities law, fintech and startup experience, Chris has become a recognized leader on cryptocurrency and blockchain matters, working with companies such as Hedera (Hashgraph), Shapeshift, Threefold Foundation and others on issues around token sales, SAFT offerings and securities law compliance. He leads a multi-disciplinary team of money transmission, derivatives, broker dealer, litigation and comp and benefits experts to provide holistic advice in a rapidly changing regulatory environment.
Chris also works with many of Orrick's financial industry tech clients, including Betterment, SoFi, Debtsy, Kabbage and Galaxy Digital.