The thinkBLOCKtank aims to be the association with the broadest and deepest knowledge in the crypto-space, especially when it comes to regulatory issues. This can only be achieved by bringing high-profile individuals together. Some of the members can be found on this page - but please note that this list is not exhaustive.
Melvin Tjon Akon
Melvin Tjon Akon is a lawyer and economist who uses data science to assist financial institutions and corporates with the implementation of their financial strategies. He currently works as an associate at a major Luxembourg law firm, where he specializes in capital market transactions, structured finance and financial services. Melvin studied Finance (Rotterdam School of Management) and Law & Economics (University of Chicago). He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2016. Prior to practicing law, Melvin worked as a research assistant for several multinational law firms and the Dutch Competition authority, as a judicial clerk for the Dutch Industry & Trade Tribunal and as a business analyst for an international consumer electronics company.
Prof. Dr. Heribert Anzinger
Prof. Dr. Heribert Anzingers research focus lies on corporate tax law as well as corporate law and capital markets law. Current research projects include Smart contracts, Computational Methods in Law, Private and Tax Law issues of applications of data science and distributed ledger technologies.
co-initiator joint interdisciplinary research initiative Universities Heidelberg
and Ulm on Computational Methods in Law and supervising member of the Digital
Law Doctoral College at the University of Heidelberg. He is founding member of
Audrey Rouach Bavarel
Audrey Rouach Baverel is a Digital and Crypto tax / Fintech advisor / ICO advisor. She has strong tax experience from a senior position within the big 4 and bank industry (10 years) followed by in-house key tax position in a worldwide leader of e-commerce. She focusses on digital and blockchain related projects (e.g. development VAT modules, cryptoeconomics, digital financing platforms) and is an active promoter of cryptoassets, co-leading the discussion with Luxembourg tax and accounting authorities. She also serves as the Treasurer of Letzblock, the Luxembourg Blockchain and DLT Association.
Catarina dos Santos Veloso
Catarina Veloso is Junior Legal Counsel at Fractal Blockchain. She conducted academic research on the topic “Reshaping the Management of the Electricity Grid through Blockchain Technology” and specializes in energy law, corporate law and various Blockchain/DLT related topics with focus on regulatory compliance. She is founding member of the thinkBLOCKtank.
Prof. Tina Ehrke-Rabel
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Natalie Eichler is Associate at DWF with a specialization in e-commerce, contract and data protection law and blockchain related topics. She is founding member of the thinkBLOCKtank as well as Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association), and Co-Speaker of the Privacy Working Group as well as member of the Finance Working Group at Bundesblock.
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Niels Gade-Jacobsen is Partner and Head of Blockchain of Njord Law Firm. He specializes in tax, company law, capital markets and various Blockchain/DLT related topics with afocus on governance and financing questions. He is furthermore Chairman and partner of the Morph Capital A/S (venture capital fund strongly focused on cryptocurrency and DLT) as well as Chairman of the Liquidblocks ApS (IT Company focused on DAO cryptocurrency exchange technology). He has published several books and articles within his field of expertise.
Dr. Christoph Gringel
Dr. Christoph Gringel is Partner in the Regulatory and Investment Funds Department in the Frankfurt office of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. He specialized in financial regulatory and investment fund questions including Blockchain/DLT related topics. He is founding Member of the thinkBLOCKtank as well as Member of the Finance Working Group of Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association).
Klaus Himmer is CEO & Co-Founder of CryptoTax. He specializes in corporate taxation and accounting in the financial services sector as well as capital market products and blockchain-based assets. He is Member of the Executive Committee of ITSA (International Token Standardization Association), Advisor of Blockwall Capital as well as member of the taxation working group of Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association). He furthermore functions as Tax expert at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center.
Dr. Sebastian Keding
Dr. Sebastian Keding
Dr. Sebastian Keding is a finance lawyer at McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP with a focus on automotive financing. He is founding member of the thinkBLOCKtank and a member of the finance working group at of the finance group of Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association).
Thomas Kulnigg is Partner of Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH and Head of Start-Up and Venture Capital Practice as well as Head of Technology & Digitalization Group. He specializes in M&A and venture capital transactions, start-ups and technology & digitalization matters. He frequently acts for clients, advising them on their inbound and outbound investments in Austria and CEE.
Lennart Lorenz is associated partner in the Regulatory and Investment Funds Department at Schnittker Möllmann Partners. He specializes on advising financial market players in connection with blockchain-based business models, including advising on (banking) regulatory licensing procedures, crypto-specific regulatory issues as well as representing clients before German regulatory authorities.
Additionally, he advises fund initiators, fund management teams and fund investors in the
field of alternative investment on all matters of regulatory law as well as on the structuring of funds and other investment vehicles.
He is founding member of the thinkBLOCKtank, speaker of the working group “Fraud Detection
& Prevention incl. AML” and Member of the Finance Working Group of Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association)
Dr. Ian Maywald
Dr. Ian Maywald is senior associate corporate department of Ashurst in Frankfurt since 2014. Prior experience includes positions as associate at a major international UK and at a major international US law firm in Frankfurt, and secondments to two Swiss based banks. Ian specializes in corporate finance and capital markets law, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions, ECM deals as well as digital economy. He is member of the Template Working Group at thinkBLOCKtank and member of the Finance Working Group at Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association).
Dr. Ian Maywald
Stephan D. Meyer
Stephan D. Meyer
Stephan D. Meyer is Legal Advisor, LL.M., in the Crypto Team of MME Legal | Tax | Compliance in Zürich and Zug's "crypto valley". He specializes in assets tokenisation, tokenised trading systems, decentralised organisations and data protection law and is a founding member of the thinkBLOCKtank. He furthermore is a PhD researcher on the private and securities law classification of blockchain-based tokens at University of Zurich, Core team member of a Swiss National Science Foundation research project on the regulation of virtual currencies and university lecturer in blockchain & law at ZHAW School of Engineering.
Nejc Novak, Founder of Novak Law, devotes most of his work to issues related to business and commercial law, in particular statutory law, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency. He is focused on advising clients on complex commercial transactions. Nejc pays particular attention to start-ups and angel/VC investors. He is a regular guest and lecturer at professional development conferences and events. Since 2010 he has been acting as an arbitrator at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. He furthermore is a member of the EU Blockchain Forum and Observatory.
Daniel Resas is associated partner at Schnittker Möllmann Partners, responsible for digital assets and blockchain-related business models. He specializes in all matters related to blockchain-based business models, in particular regarding governance and financing issues (including the generation and sale of all kinds of digital assets) as well as regulatory questions of financial infrastructure providers and other intermediaries. He is founding member of thinkBLOCKtank, Co-founder of the Wharton Reg@Tech group and member of the finance working group of Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association).
Tobias Seidl is a fintech and investment structuring expert with more than ten years of experience in the financial industry. As co-founder of SICOS and project lead of the blockchain powered crowd investing platform STOKR he focuses on the challenges small and medium sized companies face when seeking funding in Europe. He is founding member of the thinkBLOCKtank and member of the finance working group of the Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association)
Alireza Siadat is a German regulatory lawyer with Simmons & Simmons LLP wh supports banks, financial institutions and Crypto players on entering the regulated market and providing compliance advice post market-entry. He advised some of the first German ICOs on regulatory and civil law issues and banks on joint-venturing with Crypto players. Ali is founding member of thingBLOCKtank, speaker of working group “Market Integrity” and member of the working group “Fraud Detection & Prevention incl. AML”. He is also member of the German Blockchain Bundesverband (German blockchain association) finance working group.
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