Lilya Tessler is a partner and the New York head of Sidley’s fintech and blockchain group. She focuses her practice on representing digital asset trading platforms, blockchain technology companies, US and non-US broker-dealers, financial services firms and cryptocurrency funds. Lilya advises technology companies on blockchain token offerings, including ‘ICOs’. She also counsels financial institutions and digital asset exchanges with day-to-day securities issues, private placement agent requirements, custody rule requirements, cross-border regulatory issues, money services business registration requirements, as well as FINRA and SEC regulatory inquiries. She advises several US and non-US fintech companies, including robo-advisers and high-frequency trading firms in evaluating the broker-dealer and investment adviser registration requirements. Lilya works with transactional lawyers on structuring deals involving financial services and technology companies, digital asset exchanges and blockchain token offerings. She regularly assists both financial services firms and their vendors in negotiating US and cross-border technology agreements for all types of services and considering the US securities laws and broker-dealer regulatory issues associated with such technologies.