Former acting CFTC chair joins New York law firm taking on a fintech role

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  • Former chair of the CFTC is moving into a fintech role at New York law firm.
  • Giancarlo has been dubbed “Crypto Dad” via his 45,000-strong Twitter following. 

 

Chris Giancarlo, a former acting chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) until July, has been named senior counsel to New York-headquartered law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, according to an official company statement, as reported by Reuters. 

Giancarlo has been dubbed the “Crypto Dad” with his 45,000-strong Twitter following. He has emerged as a leading advocate for digital innovation in the financial markets during his tenure at the CFTC. Under his leadership, the CFTC allowed the first Bitcoin futures products.

At Willkie Farr & Gallagher, within his role, Giancarlo will continue to focus on digital innovation in areas such as cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

He said:

I want to continue to help build the digital financial markets of the future,” Giancarlo wrote in an email on Monday.

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