• FinTech Practice Overview

     

    The Cogent Law Group Financial Technology (FinTech) Practice is a multi-disciplinary group of attorneys, legal and industry professionals providing market-leading financial regulatory, technology and transactional experience to clients worldwide. Our FinTech team leverage years of expertise in Corporate Law, Digital Payment Processing, Financial Institutions, Tax Compliance and Reporting Issues, Transaction Structuring, Data Security and Privacy, Intellectual Property and more.

     

    Why Cogent Law Group

    • Cogent provides trusted advisors who understand the financial technology space, including blockchain/distributed ledger technology, in both legal and technical terms.

    • Years of experience in blockchain/distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrency, and banking, including business and regulatory issues.

    • Direct connections to regulatory environments in foreign jurisdictions that are friendly to FinTech companies, including businesses working with, transacting in, or developing cryptocurrency.

    • Cogent attorneys have held high-level positions in large international law firms, multinational corporations, and/or government agencies and have served as start-up CEOs/ CTOs/ COOs and general counsel. Cogent attorneys have been on both sides of the attorney and client table.

    • Cogent partners with FinTech industry leaders; banks, governments, NGOs, and countless other private innovative practices.

    • We are a one-stop shop for any and all FinTech matters providing full scale support from corporate formation, fund formation, funding, M&A, ICOs, IPOs, to regulatory compliance AML/KYC, employment disputes, litigation, smart contracts, intellectual property and technology transactions, cyber security and privacy, finance, capital markets, and tax.

     

    Clients

     

    Our clients range from Bitcoin ATM operators to some of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. We advise our clients on a wide range of FinTech related matters including:

    • Blockchain and distributed ledger technology

    • ICOs

    • Corporate formation

    • Fund formation

    • M&A and joint venture transactions

    • Securities

    • IPOs

    • Regulatory and compliance matters including the Bank Secrecy Act and state money transmission laws

    • Employment disputes

    • Data security and privacy

    • Intellectual property and patent litigation

    • Tax considerations including tax reporting of cryptocurrency transactions, structuring a new business, and operating in a foreign jurisdiction

    • Code auditing

     

    Team

     

    Adella Toulon-Foerster

    Adella is the Director of our FinTech Practice and has more than a decade of experience in financial services and digital currencies. Adella has expertise in the Banking Secrecy Act ("BSA"), Anti-Money Laundering ("AML"), and Know Your Customer ("KYC") rules. She also specializes in Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN") requirements and guidance, written and ongoing AML compliance programs, state-by-state money transmitter laws and licensure requirements, as well as Bitcoin and Blockchain-like platforms.

     

    In 2001, Adella co-founded an innovative company which built gold-backed payment systems; the second of its kind for immediate clearance and settlement of digitally backed micro-payments. She is both a legal and financial professional interested in Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, the blockchain, and the budding legislation and regulation surrounding these new technologies. As a result of Adella's passions, cutting-edge financial services has been the focus of her career since her work with digital coin currencies in the early 2000s.

     

    Jason Seibert

    Cogent is proud to partner with Jason Seibert. Jason’s practice includes securities law, intellectual property rights (trademark and trade secret infringement), cryptocurrency regulatory compliance, ICOs (legal, development, and strategy) and various contractual disputes. Jason has handled qui tam issues, arbitrations, administrative law matters, state court and federal court issues, and acted as special master to judges regarding securities law and cryptocurrency matters.

     

    Before law school, Jason spent over a decade as a data engineer in both the Air Force and in the private sector. He has advised governments on securities laws issues, cryptocurrency issues, written and delivered CLE’s on securities law and cryptocurrency and delivered that training in Oregon and California. He has taken on state pension funds for imprudent investments, and helped create new law when Bitcoin was first thrust on the scene in federal court. He spent two and a half years on a pro bono 1983 case to help a convicted felon retain his right to a lifesaving medical treatment because he believes that community service is vital to an attorney’s life. In addition to serving as Of Counsel to Cogent, Jason runs FJ Seibert, LLC his own boutique practice in Texas which focuses primarily on complex Crypto Securities issues.


    Evan Smith

    Formerly the head of the IP practice group for the main technology office of a large international law firm, Evan has advised executives on worldwide IP protection and enforcement and built valuable patent portfolios for major U.S. and international companies. His experience includes patent prosecution in the medical, electronic, computer, and mechanical arts industries and successful industry-wide enforcement of several patent portfolios, including a key power-over-ethernet patent that ultimately generated $38 million in royalties.

     

    Evan was general counsel for Autoscribe Corporation, CEO of Eye Controls LLC, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of EyeTicket Corp., a Partner at Greenberg Traurig and Sixbey Friedman Leedom & Ferguson, and senior counsel at Blank Rome and Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox.

     

    Cameron Heaps Ippolito

    Cameron is a former Assistant United States Attorney with more than 20 years’ litigation and investigation experience. She has tried over 70 jury trials in state and federal courts. Cameron has additional expertise in the Banking Secrecy Act ("BSA"), Anti-Money Laundering ("AML"), and Know Your Customer ("KYC") rules due to her participation on a monitorship team for the New York Department of Financial Services. A seasoned investigator herself, Cameron interfaces with state and federal regulators and investigators on behalf of financial services and digital currency clients.

     

    Cameron has conducted trademark infringement, licensing disputes, and other civil litigation, as well as AAA and international arbitration. She is an expert in handling large amounts of data for electronic discovery. She is licensed in Virginia.

     

    James Markwood

    Jim is a tax attorney with more than 30 years of experience working at a large international law firm, a Big Four accounting firm, and a Fortune 500 corporate tax department. He is also a former Congressional Legislative Assistant experienced in drafting and advocating for tax legislation before the U.S. Congress.

     

    Jim has a wealth of experience working with corporations, partnerships, entrepreneurs and private equity clients to solve their tax issues. He provides tax and structuring advice on corporate, partnership and cross-border transactions. In addition to advising on tax issues raised in transactions, James reviews and assists in drafting transactional documents, including Rep and Warranty insurance policies. He also assists clients with tax compliance and audit issues.

     

    Evgenia Sorokina

    Evgenia is an experienced corporate and business transactions attorney with more than 15 years of experience in complex financing transactions and domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. Evgenia has earned law degrees and worked as an attorney in both Russia and the United States. She has handled matters involving corporate structuring and organization of businesses around the world.

     

    She has experience in advising FinTech companies on regulatory issues involving state money transmitter laws and FinCen requirements. Prior to joining Cogent, Evgenia worked at several large international law firms, including Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, Baker and Hostetler, and Pepper Hamilton. Evgenia is licensed in the District of Columbia and New York. She is fluent in Spanish, French, Russian and English.

     

    Joshua Radbod

    Josh is an attorney and serial entrepreneur. He is licensed in Maryland and has advised FinTech entrepreneurs and other early-stage companies on corporate formation, intellectual property protection, negotiating and closing joint development and marketing agreements, licenses, sales and service agreements, leases, and capital investment transactions.

     

     

     

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