Robert A. Musiala Jr.

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Counsel

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Overview

BakerHostetler’s Blockchain Counsel, Robert A. Musiala Jr., is esteemed for his roles in the areas of cryptocurrency anti-money laundering/counter-terrorist financing, and concept development for blockchain-based solutions. Robert’s practice includes advising blockchain industry clients on the application of the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and regulations issued by the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).  Robert also counsels clients that have previously completed “initial coin offering” events on strategies for mitigating personal and business risk, limiting business disruption and achieving regulatory compliance.  His experience also includes assisting clients with blockchain based alternative trading system (ATS) applications, advising blockchain technology firms on strategies for achieving compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and counseling businesses that are working with blockchain enterprise consortia.  

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Robert was a founding member of the blockchain practice at a “Big Four” accounting firm and one of the largest professional services firms in the world, where he was introduced to blockchain through his work as an intelligence analyst and financial crimes investigator. His achievements in threat finance include managing a team of investigators to collect intelligence and produce a threat/counter-threat analysis on cryptocurrency and blockchain for a U.S. national security community client. An innovative thought leader, Robert is the inventor of a patent-pending blockchain micropayments system. He is also the co-inventor and primary concept developer of a patent-pending system that leverages blockchain technology to promote transparency, speed and security, and mitigate economic crime in funds governance and aid distribution programs.

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  • Drafted complex BSA compliance analysis for blockchain industry client that involved several issues of first impression related to cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and money transmission.
  • Drafted U.S. alternative trading system (ATS) application for broker-dealer/ATS platform underpinned by a private/permissioned blockchain.
  • Drafted GDPR compliance analysis for major blockchain self-sovereign identity solution provider and designed “reg-tech” system architecture analysis.
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Experience

  • Drafted complex BSA compliance analysis for blockchain industry client that involved several issues of first impression related to cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and money transmission.
  • Drafted U.S. alternative trading system (ATS) application for broker-dealer/ATS platform underpinned by a private/permissioned blockchain.
  • Drafted GDPR compliance analysis for major blockchain self-sovereign identity solution provider and designed “reg-tech” system architecture analysis.
  • Advised ‘initial coin offering” issuer in responding to SEC subpoena and investigation.
  • Advises blockchain industry clients on regulatory compliance in connection with funding mechanisms, including seed/angel funding, Regulation CF crowdfunding, Regulation A+ limited public offerings and Regulation D accredited investor funding.
  • Advises blockchain industry clients in connection with systems architecture and off-chain storage to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Drafted and negotiated agreements with various types of technology vendors on behalf of blockchain industry clients.
  • Advised general counsels at major U.S. firms on contract negotiations involving blockchain industry consortia related to food supply chain, advertising impression data, and data security/encryption standards.
  • Managed team to produce 50-state analysis of U.S. money transmitter licensing regimes to facilitate strategic planning for cryptocurrency exchanges.
  • Attendee since 2016 of annual summit held in conjunction with the United Nations and dedicated to improving lives through digital identity.
  • Serves on global policy council of major blockchain based self-sovereign identity solution provider.
  • Managed team to produce threat/counter-threat analysis on blockchain for U.S. national security community client; prepared and presented case studies and other trainings to various U.S. intelligence agencies.
  • Managed team of anti-money laundering (AML) investigators on 15-month AML lookback, performed under consent order at major U.S. financial institution; acted as case investigator on 5-month AML lookback, performed under consent order at major U.S. financial institution.
  • Managed team of intelligence analysts to produce analysis on global trade-based money laundering threat environment for U.S. intelligence community client.
  • Primary drafter of over 30 policies, procedures and training materials to re-design comprehensive governance, risk and compliance program for a major global pharmaceutical company.
  • Inventor, author and primary concept developer of patent pending blockchain-based system to improve transparency and mitigate fraud in funds governance, procurement and aid distribution programs.
  • Inventor of patent pending blockchain micropayments solution.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (CFCS)
  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards: Top 10 Author in Finance & Banking (2020)

Memberships

  • Evans Scholars Par Club
  • Chicago Bar Association, Emerging Technologies Committee

Blog Posts

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Prior Positions

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services, LLC: Manager of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Financial Crimes Unit, Global Intelligence, Forensics Investigations, and more (2011 to 2017)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Education

  • M.S.A., University of Illinois at Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business, 2011
  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 2003
  • B.A., Creative Writing (with honors) and International Studies, Northwestern University, 2000; Chick Evans Scholar

Blog

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Blockchain Monitor
Market Actors Integrate Cryptocurrency into Payment and Investment Products, More NFTs Launched, SEC Staff Issues Crypto Statement, DeFi Hacked for $14M
By Teresa Goody Guillén, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
May 14, 2021
In this issue: • Market Actors Continue to Integrate Cryptocurrency into Payment Systems • US Firms Launch Bitcoin Investment Products and Enhance Crypto Offerings • Auction Houses Continue with NFT Sales, Dictionary Adds ‘Non-Fungible...
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Blockchain Monitor
CBDC Paper Released, Crypto Firms Launch Products, NFT Craze Continues, IRS Gains Access to Crypto Records, Task Force Addresses Crypto Ransomware
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
May 7, 2021
In this issue: • CBDC Paper Released, NY DFS Grants License, Study Cites Crypto Adoption • Traditional Financial Firms Launch Crypto Products, Data Shows DeFi Growth • Auction House Embraces Cryptocurrencies, NFT Sales Continue • Federal...
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Blockchain Monitor
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Initiatives Continue in Payments, NFTs and Media; Crypto Enforcement and Threats Also Continue Across Globe
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
April 30, 2021
In this issue: • Crypto Adoption Continues in Credit Cards, OCC Approval, Restaurant Payments • NFT Initiatives Continue, Advertising and Media Firms Integrate Cryptocurrencies • Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions Continue in US, Turkey...
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Blockchain Monitor
Financial Firms Launch New Crypto Products, NFTs Trending, Crypto Exchange Acquires Broker-Dealer, SEC, DOJ, IRS and CFTC Actions Target Crypto Actors
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Jordan R. Silversmith, Joanna F. Wasick
April 2, 2021
In this issue: • US Institutional Financial Firms, and Fintech Startups, Launch Crypto Products • Creative NFT Launches and Bitcoin Giveaways Continue To Trend • US Crypto Exchange Acquires Broker Dealer, SEC Action Targets Token Sales •...
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Blockchain Monitor
NFT Sales Launch, Fintech Firms Launch Crypto Initiatives, NY DFS Approves Crypto Firms, CFTC and IRS Target Crypto Crimes, DeFi Project Hacked
By Keith R. Murphy, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Veronica Reynolds, Joanna F. Wasick
March 12, 2021
In this issue: • NFTs Make Headlines, Global Payments Firm Launches Cryptocurrency Unit • Cryptocurrency Payment Options Expand Across the Globe • Cryptocurrency Firms Achieve NY DFS Approvals, IRS Launches Crypto Initiative • CFTC Action...
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