Allison Baker Shealy

Should Your Business Jump on the Blockchain or Cryptocurrency Bandwagon?

Over the last year, hundreds of entities have issued “initial coin offerings” and created their own cryptocurrencies that make use of Blockchain and/or distributed ledger technology.  Everyone’s doing it right?  But is an ICO right for every business? Besides Bitcoin, what can blockchain technology do?  Learn some of the many uses of Blockchain and distributed ledger technology and the factors to consider if you’re considering an ICO. 

Helping clients navigate complex financial transactions, Allison Baker Shealy draws on her extensive experience on both sides of the enforcement aisle to guide them through the complicated national and international regulatory environment.  Whether it is futures, Forex, swaps, securities, cryptocurrencies or complex lending and/or organizational arrangements, she is able to quickly get to the heart of the matter and work with clients for the best possible resolution.  Regardless of the size or complexity of a matter, clients receive the same thorough and effective representation.

As a Senior Trial Attorney in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement, Allison investigated and litigated matters involving manipulation, spoofing, wash trading, solicitation fraud, misappropriation of customer funds, commodity pool fraud, Ponzi schemes, and unauthorized trading.  She also worked with futures commission merchants (“FCMs”) and retail foreign exchange dealers (“RFEDs”) to bring them into compliance with the CFTC’s requirements regarding regulatory capital and segregation of customer funds and to engage in undertakings to reduce the likelihood of such violations in the future.  While at the CFTC, Allison worked on such precedent setting matters as the first case charging a manipulative device and the first case bringing charges pursuant to the business conduct standards for swap dealers under the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as one of the first cases to charge an RFED with a failure to supervise its employees and agents.

In difficult situations, clients appreciate that Allison has experience with all aspects of representation and is able to provide legal and strategic guidance on matters involving general regulatory compliance, criminal investigations, private civil lawsuits, government enforcement actions, Congressional investigations, as well as having conducted numerous internal investigations.  As a government attorney, she worked successfully on cooperative enforcement matters with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Secret Service, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, National Futures Association, and various state corporation commissions.