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
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, but not limited to:
Some of our cryptocurrency clients have included:
The Cogent Law Group FinTech Team
John “Jack” Baumann
Jack is a corporate attorney with more than 30 years of experience in corporate transactional work, securities offerings and mergers & acquisitions. Jack’s experience includes extensive corporate transactional work at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, as well as KPMG and as Chief Legal Officer of several public and private companies.
Jack has developed expertise regarding cryptocurrency transactions and currently counsels Cogent clients regarding securities law aspects of ICO transactions, and with structuring transactions and private placements under Regulations D, A and CF.
Jack’s combined experience includes more than 30 years advising boards of directors and senior management teams in all forms of complex corporate transactions, securities offerings, acquisitions, joint ventures, investment advisory registration and all types of strategic business development initiatives.
During his time as CLO at Public Storage (NYSE:PSA), Jack orchestrated Public Storage’s $5 billion hostile acquisition of rival self-storage operator, Shurgard Storage Centers, Inc., which was the first hostile and first all-stock acquisition of a Real Estate Investment Trust. In addition to his experience with REITS, Jack’s specialized industry experience includes the Insurance & Financial Services, as well as Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Distribution sectors. Jack is admitted to practice law in New York.
Tom has over 30 years’ experience in both domestic and international transactions and regulation with two large international law firms and as Deputy Assistant General Counsel with a major federal independent regulatory agency. His practice includes advising on legal and regulatory issues involving ICOs and blockchain, and he has been a speaker at numerous blockchain events to analyze these fast-paced topics.
His transactional experience includes complex multi-funded transactions ranging from $200-$500 million, representing both project sponsors, major lending institutions and rating agencies such as S&P. Tom has served as General Counsel for a high-tech firm and advised clients such as Rolls-Royce/SAIC companies, Advanced Engineering, and has advised startup companies on a variety of legal and technical matters including funding and development issues.
As a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the Graduate Business School at George Washington University, he teaches courses on Corporate Governance & Securities, and International Business Transactions which include, among other things, crypto-currencies, ICOs and blockchain issues, AML/KYC, and OFAC and FCPA compliance, intellectual property on the Internet, and structure and compliance issues for international transactions. His in-country experience includes over a dozen international countries in Southeast Asia, China, and Europe.
His background and education include a Master of Sciences in Applied Physics from Stanford University, work experience as a physicist in Silicon Valley and the Stanford Linear Accelerator, and several U.S. Government research laboratories such as Los Alamos and Livermore Labs. One of his recent publications addresses the Howey test and Securities in Cyberspace: https://gwbflr.org/cyberspace-securities-a-changing-world/.
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. As a registered patent attorney, 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 both Blank Rome and Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox.
Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit runs deep as he pitched in with his family’s business throughout his youth, and right up through law school, as he interned at various prestigious government bodies in the criminal law sphere. Following law school, Mark worked as a trademark specialist for a corporate investigations firm and then as an anti-money laundering analyst for a financial institution where he conducted hundreds of complex investigations. From there, he cofounded an educational media startup that turned news following into a fun game while starting a solo law practice in 2013.
Through his law practice Mark advises individuals and business in a wide range of areas, including business formation, intellectual property, employment, contract formation and litigation, compliance and real estate. Most recently, Mark’s practice has geared towards building, refining, and auditing AML/BSA compliance programs and providing ad hoc compliance counsel to registered Money Service Businesses (MSBs) and small banks with high-risk lines of business, including those centered on cryptocurrency/Bitcoin transactions and international trade financing. Mark also advises pro bono clients through the Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Law Project at the New York City Bar Association, where he also served on the International Trade Committee.
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 is a FinTech attorney and entrepreneur. Joshua 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. Joshua also communicates with state and federal regulators regarding client’s money service business status.
Some of Joshua’s clients include cryptocurrency miners and traders, exchanges, and hedge funds. Joshua is an active member of the cryptocurrency community here in the District and New York and currently assists the Government Blockchain Association through their Legal and Legislative branch.