Cointelegraph, the world’s leading source of news and information on the future of finance, is pleased to announce the addition of Zachary Kelman as General Counsel. Kelman is an early adopter of cryptocurrency and a managing partner of the crypto-based law firm Kelman PLLC. He is a New York licensed attorney specializing in political, legal, and regulatory issues related to Bitcoin, digital currencies, and blockchain technology.
Kelman is a frequent contributor to Cointelegraph and a popular guest on leading podcasts, in particular On the precipice with the castle island with Nic Carter from Castle Island Ventures. He offers a critical international perspective on how monetary policy and the legacy financial system continue to handle the surge in crypto assets, commenting on topics ranging from the stablecoin threat to the correspondent banking system to the impact of US government initiatives such as Operation Choke Point “Rich financial inclusion and the efforts of crypto asset companies to run their businesses.
“The future of finance is changing dramatically with blockchain technology and I am excited to be joining Cointelegraph, who is the focus of this conversation,” said Kelman. “Cointelegraph’s leadership and journalistic credibility in this area have made it a required goal,” which has won the trust and readership of institutions and private investors alike. “
“Cointelegraph is growing alongside the mass adoption of cryptocurrency to give our readers access to critical news, information, data and community-driven thought leaders so they can make smart decisions and formulate solid financial strategies,” said Jay Cassano, CEO of Cointelegraph. “As we grow with the rapidly evolving applications of distributed ledger technology, we applaud Zachary’s expertise in navigating this ever-changing landscape.”
About Zachary Kelman
Kelman began his legal career internally for large financial institutions such as Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley in areas such as Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC) and similar critical legal areas essential to the existing financial infrastructure. His intimate knowledge of international transaction monitoring mechanisms uniquely positions him to advise emerging fintech and venture capital crypto companies.
Kelman became known in 2014 when he met H.R. 5892 drafted the Online Market Protection Act of 2014 – which aimed to exempt on-chain transactions from most U.S. regulations – which was presented to Congress that year. He is also a member of the Florida Blockchain Business Association’s Legislative Committee and helped develop two bills (H.B. 1351 and S.B. 1758) that aim to position Florida as a leading destination for blockchain and cryptocurrency companies.
He previously served as the chief legal officer and director of the Caribbean crypto exchange Bitt, where he worked with Caribbean governments to draft early legislation to encourage the adoption of crypto assets in the region. Similarly, he worked for the Southeast Asian digital asset firm Coins.ph and worked with the Central Bank of the Philippines on legislative work in 2017.
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