Graduated from University of Notre Dame Law School
Marco Santori leads Cooley's global fintech practice.Recently described by an American Banker reporter as 'the Dean of Digital Currency Lawyers,' Marco is a recognized authority in the law of digital currencies and blockchain technologies. He counsels banks, broker-dealers, exchanges, wallets, payment processors, institutional miners, and other companies making new and exciting uses of distributed ledger technology.Marco advises his clients on regulatory matters, including compliance with money services and securities regulations. The winner of the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert, Marco is fluent in the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Patriot Act's application to digital currency businesses, including Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation. Securities laws, too, apply to many integrations of blockchain technology, and can require registration as a broker-dealer, transfer agent, alternative trading system (ATS) or clearing agent. Marco works closely with his clients to structure their business plans to comply with these regulations, and where appropriate, avoid them entirely.Marco’s technology transactions practice focuses on early-stage companies in the high-technology sector, including web, e-commerce, financial technology (FinTech), and the emerging digital currency space. Marco assists his clients in structuring complex international technology transactions – often in heavily regulated industries. He is well-versed in the corporate requirements of early-stage businesses, including seed, angel and venture-backed fundraising.Marco's litigation practice focuses on commercial and high-technology matters. He litigates disputes arising out of intellectual property, trade secrets, defamation and securities fraud. He is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and lectures on the topics of mediation and arbitration.