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Joel S. Telpner

Joel 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. Joel 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. Joel 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. He is recognized for his ability to deftly manage complex financial transactions, especially those involving sophisticated structured finance and derivatives matters, and has an extensive and unique combination of transactional and regulatory experience. Joel gave the key note speech "ICOs – Best Practices" at the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Central in Davos, Switzerland in January 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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Asset Managers: Are You Ready for Your Exam? Steps You Should Take Now

Posted by Joel S. Telpner on Mar 17, 2017 10:49:35 AM

Last week we told you about the five biggest pet peeves of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) when examining investment advisers (see "The Top Five ‘Gotcha’ Deficiencies Plaguing Asset Managers and How to Avoid Them"). This week, we want to get you ready for your exam.  Here are the OCIE’s examination priorities for 2017 for registered investment advisers and affiliated broker-dealers.1 This year, when conducting examinations of registered investment advisers, the OCIE’s focus will revolve around three themes:

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Topics: OCIE, investment management, retail investors, elderly and retiring investors

The Top Five "Gotcha" Deficiencies Plaguing Asset Managers and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Joel S. Telpner on Mar 3, 2017 2:29:24 PM

Let’s start with this caveat: as we all know, under the still-new Trump Administration, priorities may and are likely to change. Now that we got that off our chest, it is nevertheless not the time to sit back and wait. The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) has just given us a list of potholes that investment advisers keep falling into. 

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Topics: Deficiencies, Compliance Rules, Regulatory Filings, Code of Ethics, OCIE, Custody Rule, Books and Records

Financial Regulatory Reform — It's Coming, Unless it Doesn't

Posted by Joel S. Telpner on Nov 21, 2016 3:30:52 PM

Many Unknowns 

If you're like me, you are constantly receiving alerts from consultants, law firms, policy shops and others, all predicting how the Trump Administration is going to dramatically change, or even gut, Dodd-Frank and other U.S. financial regulations.  As you read these prognostications, keep in mind just how well pollsters, experts and markets did in predicting the election outcome.  The reality is, nobody knows what changes the future Trump Administration may make.  The only certainty is that determining at this point how Mr. Trump might revamp our financial regulations is a fool's folly.

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Topics: Dodd-Frank, financial services, Trump, Financial Regulation

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