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Anderson Kill welcomes Hailey Lennon as Shareholder in Technology, Media and Distributed Systems Group

Anderson Kill are pleased to welcome Hailey Lennon as a Shareholder in the firm’s Technology, Media and Distributed Systems Group.  Hailey will join the LA office and she will be based in San Francisco.  Hailey is a former regulatory counsel at leading cryptocurrency platforms Coinbase and bitFlyer.

At Coinbase, Hailey helped oversee regulatory relationships with the SEC, CFTC, OFAC and state regulators.  In particular, she worked with the New York Department of Financial Services to obtain approvals for new products, services and digital assets and managed the companies’ Bitlicense and Trust Company supervisory relationships, reporting and audits. She also assisted with the Crypto Rating Counsel and reviewed securities law analysis of coins considered for listing and custody; managed external law firm relationships and lobbying efforts; obtained state lending licenses; and assisted with the launch of Coinbase’s margin product in 23 states.

Prior to joining Coinbase, Hailey helped bitFlyer Japan’s expansion into the United States, obtaining money transmitter licenses for 33 states, as well as the coveted New York BitLicense. She oversaw bitFlyer’s BSA/AML program including internal policies and procedures, training, audits, and required reporting. She also managed meetings with FinCEN, DEA and other regulatory agencies as well as the company’s strategy with respect to CFTC and SEC. Her regulatory responsibilities included response to subpoenas requesting customer information, to questions from FinCEN and OFAC, and to Attorney General requests.

During her tenure at Coinbase and bitFlyer, Hailey served as board secretary for the Virtual Commodity Association, a working group seeking to establish an industry-sponsored self-regulatory organization for the cryptocurrency industry.

 Hailey is a frequent speaker at cryptocurrency conferences and is a contributing author for Forbes and Bitcoin Magazines. She is frequently quoted on cryptocurrency matters in financial and cryptocurrency media including Coindesk, Yahoo, Bloomberg and CoinCentral.

Hailey is admitted to practice in California and in U.S. District Courts in that state. She is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She holds a J.D. cum laude from University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Law, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University. She also completed a Fintech Future Commerce Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hailey is available at (213) 943-3010 or at hlennon@andersonkill.com.