Jonathan A. Beckham
Jonathan Beckham focuses his practice on technology, intellectual property and corporate transactions. He has negotiated countless Cloud and telecommunications infrastructure transactions (e.g. data center and colocation leases, subsea cable systems, and network capacity and services transactions), along with Cloud enterprise license transactions, on behalf of a leading Cloud platform and content provider. Other clients include leading enterprise customers in financial services, retail, manufacturing, health care and technology services engaged in various technology transactions such as Cloud and software-as-a-service licensing, patent licenses, outsourcing and other procurement transactions, joint venture transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Jonathan drafts and negotiates patent license and other intellectual property agreements for a leading aluminum manufacturer and value-added supplier, specialty chemical company and others. He counsels clients on all aspects of M&A and corporate finance transactions, to include IP and data licenses, data privacy and information technology risks. Jonathan previously served as senior in-house counsel for Tata Communications International and Teleglobe International Holdings for approximately six years, with responsibility for a variety of commercial, procurement and corporate matters.
Rebecca G. DiStefano
Rebecca DiStefano concentrates her diverse practice in the areas of securities regulation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions law and serves on the firm’s Blockchain Task Force. Rebecca counsels public and private companies in areas including private placements, registrations, Regulation A+ qualifications, and crowdfunding under the JOBS Act of 2012 and the Securities Act of 1933. Related to these transactions, she advises companies and their boards regarding attendant corporate governance best practices, fiduciary duties, continuing disclosure and reporting requirements of Regulation A+ and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as secondary trading issues and the initial and continued listing of corporate securities on the stock exchanges and electronic quotation systems. Additionally, she structures and organizes for clients non-U.S. regulated investment vehicles including private equity funds, funds of funds, and hybrid funds. Rebecca regularly represents her clients before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA.
Carl A. Fornaris
Co-Chair, Blockchain Practice and Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice
Carl Fornaris is Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice and the Blockchain Practice. With 26 years of legal experience, Carl advises a broad range of financial services firms – banks and their holding companies, money services businesses, investment advisers, securities broker dealers, gaming firms, Fintechs, cryptocurrency firms and other institutions – on all aspects of their business. These include licensing, capital-raising transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, USA PATRIOT Act/BSA/AML compliance and OFAC sanctions programs, cryptocurrency regulation, mobile money and FinTech, federal and state agency enforcement proceedings, Dodd-Frank Act compliance and COVID-19/CARES Act economic stimulus program advice. Throughout his career, Carl has counseled clients in their dealings with the Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, FinCEN, SEC, FINRA, Florida Office of Financial Regulation, New York Department of Financial Services and other state supervisory authorities.
Barbara A. Jones
Co-Chair, Blockchain Practice
Barbara Jones is a member of the firm’s Global Securities practice group and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s interdisciplinary Blockchain practice group. She is also co-coordinator of the firm’s interdisciplinary Conflict Minerals Compliance Initiative. Barbara maintains a diverse corporate and securities law practice across industry groups, emphasizing complex international and domestic transactions, including blockchain and cryptocurrency transactions, private and public financings (including token offerings), dual listings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic collaborations and joint ventures, and licensing transactions. Her practice includes serving as a trusted advisor to public and private company boards of directors on governance and complex regulatory reporting and compliance issues. Barbara’s clients include financial institutions, private equity and venture capital groups, and companies in blockchain, life sciences and biotechnology, information technology, energy (traditional and renewable), mining, defense and security, telecommunications, media, entertainment and sports.
William B. Mack
Co-Chair, Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice
William Mack is a co-chair of the firm’s Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice. He is experienced in advising companies on regulatory and compliance matters relating to the Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, the Exchange Act, Anti-Money Laundering laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules.
William’s practice involves all aspects of broker-dealer regulation, including Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO) membership, supervision, employment, research, soft dollar arrangements, chaperoning of foreign broker-dealers, social media, use of foreign finders, anti-money laundering rules, alternative trading systems (ATS), exchanges, and market making issues. He also provides regulatory guidance to investment banking clients in connection with securities offerings and related trading issues.
Maria Sendra has built a disruptive technology and finance practice that helps companies to scale innovation globally by leveraging capital markets, private equity, and technology relationships in key jurisdictions around the world. She has managed international teams of over 500 experts, in helping to globally scale start-ups, as well as Fortune 500 companies, venture capital, private equity and investment banking efforts in disrupting a wide variety of industries, including data analytics, finance, IoT, energy, cleantech, biotechnology and genomics, digital healthcare, entertainment, consumer goods, real estate, digital and smart cities, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, retail and e-commerce sales and scaled revenue strategies. She has structured and managed domestic and international manufacturing, R&D, distribution, financing, licensing and strategic alliances and businesses linking California innovation to financial markets in New York, London, all over Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.