Meet Europe’s largest crypto team

June 20, 2023

gunnercooke has the biggest and leading FinTech, crypto and blockchain full-service practice in Europe and last year became the first law firm to accept payments in cryptoassets. The award-winning team has a breadth of experience and is regularly published in leading legal publications.

The team consists of five dedicated crypto partners in the UK and Germany, two associates, one trainee, two operating partners, in addition to five further partners from other practice areas with experience in the sector. The team provides a full-service experience for clients with levels of service and expertise that are unparalleled. To find out more about the team, please see below.

Gareth Malna, a Financial Services & FinTech Partner, is one of the top blockchain lawyers in the UK. He has been published in the Financial Technology Law Review, the Law Society’s Blockchain: Legal and Regulatory Guidance publication and others. He has particular expertise in regulatory guidance and investment funds.

James Burnie, a Financial Services Regulation & FinTech Partner, is an award winning crypto & FinTech lawyer. He is regularly quoted as an expert in the press, appearing in the FT, Reuters and Law360. He has also advised the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain. He has particular expertise in regulation.

Will Foulkes, a Blockchain Partner, is one of the top blockchain lawyers in the UK. He has contributed to the Law Society’s Guide to Blockchain and has worked for companies such as WeTransfer, Gymshark and the University of Cambridge. He has particular expertise in corporate, commercial and regulatory law relating to blockchain technologies.

Wolfgang Richter, a Finance, Corporate & Regulatory Partner, is dual qualified in both Germany and Spain. He is the managing partner of gunnercooke Germany and is one of the top lawyers in Germany. He has particular experience in regulatory set-ups in the crypto space and is an expert in digital transformation issues.

Sebastian Förste, a Banking & Finance Partner, is a leading FinTech lawyer in Germany, where he’s qualified. Sebastian is an experienced speaker at Blockchain conferences and hosts webinars on cryptocurrencies. He has over 11 years of level experience and has particular expertise in FinTech, blockchain and crypto.

Kathryn Dodds, a FinTech Senior Associate, is an experienced crypto lawyer with particular experience working with companies in the creative industries space. She has experience working with metaverses, NFT and regulation.

Yuliya Prokopyshyn, a web3 Associate, is an experienced lawyer in the crypto, blockchain and metaverse space. Yuliya has spoken at numerous conferences and has been published by online legal journals. Yuliya has particular expertise in regulation.

Meghan Millward, a trainee solicitor, works in the Blockchain & Cryptoassets space.

Mark Winters, a Operating Partner, is highly experienced in risk and compliance with a particular focus on compliance in crypto. He advises on risk assessments, policies and procedures and alert management. He has previously worked on behalf of the US Department of Justice, Barclays, HSBC and a number of cryptocurrency firms.

Brandon Holdsworth, an Associate Operating Partner, has significant industry insight of UK FCA registered crypto firms and various FCA regulated banks.

gunnercooke is an international corporate and commercial law firm with a team of more than 500 professionals. Clients span from multinational enterprises through to unicorns and non-for-profit organisations and expertise includes disciplines from ESG and charity law, to blockchain and competition.

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