Jenner eyes blockchain practice with Schiff Hardin partner hire

Signage is seen outside of the law firm Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • New Jenner partner says demand for blockchain-related legal services growing
  • Hire comes as Schiff Hardin prepares to merge with Arent Fox

Dec 7 – Jenner & Block said Tuesday it has tapped a Schiff Hardin partner who will build the firm’s blockchain practice.

Kayvan Sadeghi will be a Jenner partner in New York, working within its securities litigation and enforcement group.

Several other large law firms have built out blockchain and cryptocurrency practices with lawyers who work on litigation and emerging regulatory issues as well as on securities and deal work.

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Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Allen & Overly are among the major firms to recently hire lawyers in the area.

Chicago-founded Jenner’s lack of Wall Street ties make it an ideal place to launch a blockchain practice, as the firm will be able to take on clients and work that might be adverse to traditional financial institutions, Sadeghi said.

Firm litigation leaders said in March Jenner was looking to handle more of this litigation in the wake of COVID-19.

Sadeghi said demand in his practice is growing as existing blockchain and cryptocurrency companies, as well as others moving from traditional financing to a blockchain, are encountering legal issues.

Sadeghi said his blockchain clients are coming with him to Jenner.

He is the first known Schiff Hardin partner to leave since the Chicago-founded firm said last week it was merging with Arent Fox, effective in March.

Sadeghi said the merger did not factor into his decision to move to Jenner.

A Schiff Hardin spokesperson wished Sadeghi well at his new firm.

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David Thomas

David Thomas reports on the business of law, including law firm strategy, hiring, mergers and litigation. He is based out of Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @DaveThomas5150.

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