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Joel S. Telpner, JD

Joel Telpner, JD

Joel Telpner is a highly sought-after legal advisor in the blockchain space, actively working with a large number of clients in structuring token distributions and enterprise blockchain applications. He brings more than 30 years of legal experience in a career that includes time as an AmLaw 100 partner, the former U.S. general counsel of a global financial institution and a venture capitalist.

Telpner is leading policy initiatives on global regulatory issues for blockchain on behalf of the Global Blockchain Business Council and the Blockchain Research Institute. He is also a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group, which is developing guidance on best practices for ICOs. His ability to deftly manage complex financial transactions, especially those involving sophisticated structured finance and derivatives matters set him apart from others. Telpner gave the keynote speech "ICOs – Best Practices" at the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Central in Davos, Switzerland in January of 2018.

He represents a diverse client base, including financial institutions, top 10 cryptocurrencies, governments, dealers, corporations, investment managers, mutual funds, hedge funds, and pension plans.

His practice focuses on the following:

  • Complex, structured finance and derivatives transactions
  • Private mergers and acquisitions transactions
  • Capital raising transactions in public and private U.S. and foreign markets
  • Risk management and assessment
  • Advising early-stage companies on business and strategic plans, budgets, capital structures and raising capital
  • Advising senior management on corporate governance, regulatory and compliance matters
  • Developing compliance and regulatory policies and procedures
  • Providing road maps for managing complex and conflicting financial global regulatory requirements


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1633 Broadway, New York, NY, USA
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