Jorge Pesok

Managing Associate

Washington, D.C.

Jorge Pesok is a managing associate in the Washington, D.C., office. He focuses his practice on blockchain and cryptocurrency, government investigations, white collar litigation and compliance matters.

Jorge represents technology companies, digital asset trading platforms, financial institutions, and individuals, in a variety of regulatory, compliance, and litigation matters. His work includes representing clients in enforcement and litigation matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He also counsels blockchain and cryptocurrency clients on the application of federal and state securities, commodities, and money transmission laws.

A decorated veteran, Jorge served on active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. Jorge retired from the United States Army National Guard in 2014 after serving eight years in the Judge Advocate General Corps and obtaining the rank of sergeant.

While in law school, Jorge was a member of the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court. Jorge also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard H. Kyle of the United States District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Blockchain Representations:

    • Counseled digital asset trading platform, and other entities that utilize blockchain and related novel technologies on the application of federal and state securities laws and transmission laws.

    • Developed AML / Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) / Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance policies and procedures for digital asset trading platform.

    • Drafted and implemented digital asset token review protocol to reduce the risk of listing unregistered securities.

    • Advised digital asset trading platform on its terms of service.

    Investigations and White Collar Representations:

    • Represents national accounting firm in connection with investigations into its former clients by the CFTC, DOJ, NY AG and others.

    • Represents and advises Fortune 100 company in FCPA investigations in India.

    • Represents an ETF promoter in an SEC investigation regarding various trading and ‘40 Act issues.

    • Represents a publicly held manufacturer and distributor of wood and wood products, in connection with investigations by DOJ and SEC.

    • Represented employee of publicly traded company in investigation by the SEC into misstated earnings.

    • Represented a broker-dealer in an arbitration related to excessive mark-ups on fixed income securities transactions.

    • Represented multi-national bank in a CME investigation regarding alleged spoofing by one of its traders.

    • Represented individual in a CME investigation regarding alleged spoofing.