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Blockchain and FinTech Lawyer Lilya Tessler Joins Sidley as Partner in New York


Austin LLP
is pleased to announce that Lilya Tessler has joined the
firm as partner and New York head of Blockchain and FinTech in the
Securities & Derivatives Enforcement and Regulatory group. Ms. Tessler
joins Sidley from McDermott, Will & Emery, where she served as co-head
of the firm's Blockchain and FinTech group.

A prominent figure in the FinTech industry, Ms. Tessler focuses her
practice on representing digital asset trading platforms, blockchain
technology companies, financial services firms, and leaders of
cryptocurrency funds. Ms. Tessler advises technology companies on SEC
registered and exempt blockchain token offerings, and counsels financial
institutions on digital asset trading, securities issues, private
placement agent and custody rule requirements, cross-border regulatory
matters, money services requirements and FINRA and SEC regulatory

"Lilya's experience is perfectly aligned with exciting, evolving
developments within the FinTech industry, and she offers clients a
comprehensive approach to formulating and executing strategies to
address where technology and finance meet," said Sam Gandhi, managing
partner of Sidley's New York office. "Lilya's capabilities and deep
understanding of FinTech and related matters will further strengthen
Sidley's multidisciplinary approach to our work with clients
–particularly those in the fast-developing areas of blockchain and

A certified public accountant and FINRA dispute resolution arbitrator,
Ms. Tessler provides diversified counsel to her clients with a focus on
the implications of cross-border technology transactions, securities
laws and other broker-dealer regulatory issues associated with these
complex technologies.

With 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices around the globe, Sidley is a premier
legal adviser for clients across the spectrum of industries. Follow
Sidley on Twitter @SidleyLaw.

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