June 13, 2016
Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm, is launching a national Financial Technology (FinTech) and Regulation Practice led by Richard B. Levin, who joined the firm as a shareholder in the Denver and Washington, D.C. offices. With more than 20 years of legal and financial services experience, Levin will chair this new practice advising clients on FinTech and regulatory issues.

Working with the firm’s existing Financial Services, Corporate, Intellectual Property and Government Investigations practices, Levin will be building a national practice of Polsinelli attorneys specializing in corporate, securities, intellectual property, tax, transactional and regulatory issues to serve clients in the FinTech space. The practice will focus on the representation of banks, investment advisers, broker-dealers, crowdfund investment portals, and digital currency and blockchain technology firms. 

“The firm looks for opportunities to expand our services to better meet the needs of clients and address marketplace changes,” said Russ Welsh, Polsinelli chairman and CEO. “Richard’s extensive knowledge of the technology and regulatory challenges facing the global financial services industry makes him a valuable asset as the new leader for our Financial Technology and Regulation Practice. We’re pleased to welcome Richard and to have added his experience as we assist our clients to navigate these complex issues.”

Levin’s  practice focuses on representing early-stage and publicly-traded companies in the financial services industry, including investment banks, hedge funds, alternative trading systems, exchanges and digital currency platforms before the SEC, the CFTC, FINRA and foreign regulators. He advises these companies on the regulation of broker-dealers, alternative trading systems and digital currency platforms in North America, Europe and Asia, and before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Prior to joining Polsinelli, Levin was a partner and the co-chair and founder of the digital currency team at a global law firm. Levin has also served as the general counsel and chief compliance officer of two joint ventures of leading global investment banks, which operated several U.S. and European alternative trading systems. He has served in senior legal, business and compliance positions in publicly-traded and privately-held financial services firms. 

“Polsinelli is driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, and the firm is continuously working to be on the forefront of new trends in the industry,” Levin said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to create a new FinTech and Regulation Practice that demonstrates Polsinelli’s commitment to a focus on understanding our clients’ businesses, industry dynamics and opportunities.” 

Levin is a frequent speaker at conferences on regulatory and market structure issues and is the co-author of the chapter on U.S. regulation of virtual currencies for the Digital Currency Handbook published by Elsevier in May 2015.

He is licensed to practice in Colorado, the District of Columbia, and England and Wales as a registered foreign lawyer with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Levin is a member of the American and Colorado Bar Associations, Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association in the Legal and Compliance Division.
Outside of his practice, Levin serves as a board member for the Aurora (Colo.) Public Schools Foundation; Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado; The National Committee on U.S. – China Relations; and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Colorado and Wyoming.  

Levin is a regular source for reporters working on stories about: 
  • Securities regulatory matters
  • Corporate finance and securities
  • Financial technology and regulation
  • Digital currency and blockchain technology
  • Crowdfund investing 

For more information, please contact Dani Row,