Daniel Forester


New York

Daniel advises clients in the Fintech, blockchain, defi, Web3 and NFT ecosystems – and those who interact with them – on the strategic and commercial issues core to their business models, particularly at the intersection of intellectual property and data. He serves as global head of Orrick’s multi-disciplinary Fintech practice.

Daniel works with a variety of innovative tech companies at all stages that are adapting to the fast-changing tech and regulatory ecosystem by helping them develop practical, risk-adjusted solutions, including:

  • Personal data collection, processing, sharing and commercialization strategies and transactions;
  • Intellectual property and personal data concerns involved in the development, deployment and analytics of public and private blockchains;
  • Cryptocurrency ecosystem development, foundation formation and operations;
  • Cryptocurrency API, analytics, custody, staking and liquidity collaborations;
  • Data licensing in the Fintech, adtech and cryptocurrency ecosystems;
  • NFT strategy and program development for brands, talent, agencies, minters and marketplaces;
  • Development, licensing and software-as-a-service, hosting-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service arrangements for emerging and leading technology companies;
  • Patent acquisition and cross-licensing arrangements in the financial and semi-conductor industries;
  • Synthetic joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions across an array of industries; and
  • Intellectual property and personal data drop-down financings in the mobility space.

Daniel has been recognized by Legal 500 2022 as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ for Technology Transactions. He has written extensively on cryptocurrency ecosystem matters, privacy and personal data structuring and compliance issues. He serves as adjunct professor at Cornell Tech, where he teaches a course on Fintech and Crypto start-up issues. Before becoming a lawyer, Daniel spent several years teaching physics in Doha, Qatar.