Are Digital Assets Securities? – Regulators Weigh In
PartnerNew York, Silicon Valley
Christopher 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 compliance.
Chris 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 companies.
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), 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.
Prior to joining Orrick, Chris was a partner at Goodwin Procter for four years, and a partner at Ropes & Gray for 16 years, including three years in its San Francisco office.
Chris's recent engagements include: