Robert A. Musiala Jr.

Counsel

Chicago
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F +1.312.416.6201

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 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.

Robert’s practice includes advising blockchain industry 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 advising blockchain technology firms on strategies for achieving compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
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Experience

  • 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.
  • 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 writer of multiple RFI/EOI responses on behalf of "Big Four" accounting and professional services firm detailing global blockchain solution set for two major international organizations.
  • Acted as liaison for relationships with blockchain investigations tool providers.
  • Served on delegation to annual summit held at United Nations headquarters and dedicated to improving lives through digital identity and blockchain technology.
  • 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)

Blog Posts

Community

  • Evans Scholars Par Club: Member

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
Advancements in Blockchain-Powered Property Sales and Energy Grids; New Stablecoins, Payment Products and Enforcement Actions
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike
April 12, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Property Records Trial Completed, Energy Grid Project Continues, New Patents Granted • New Stablecoins Announced, New BitLicense Granted, New Crypto Debit Card Launched • Blockchain Capital Markets Solutions...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: Supply Chain, IDs, Financial Products, UN Warnings, Regulator Actions
By Brian P. Bartish, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
March 15, 2019
In this Issue: • New Blockchain Solutions Seek to Secure Tuna, Ports, Identity and Communications • Institutional Crypto Products and Blockchain Infrastructure Pilots Announced • Crypto Regulators Display Flexibility, Enforcement Agencies...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Pilots Announced, Global Laws Evolve, Exchanges and Payment Processors Make News, Enforcement and Threats Continue
By Brian P. Bartish, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Alexandra Royal, Joanna F. Wasick
March 1, 2019
In this issue: • New Blockchain Projects Announced in Supply Chain and Digital Identity • Blockchain Legal Frameworks Continue to Evolve in the US and Abroad • Headlines From Bitcoin Payment Processors, Decentralized Exchanges and...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Applications Advance for Healthcare and Payments, CFTC Prioritizes Cryptocurrencies, QuadrigaCX Saga Continues
By Brian P. Bartish, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
February 15, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Initiatives in Healthcare and Other Industries Target Data Integrity, Speed and Analytics • Blockchain Payment Systems Announced by Major Banks and Online Payment Processors • Forthcoming SEC Guidance Confirmed...
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Blockchain Monitor
Supply Chain Pilots Advance, Bitcoin Decentralization Improves, Hacks Continue, Foreign Regulations Evolve
By Brian P. Bartish, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern
February 8, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Pilots for Supply Chain and Land Titles, Improved Analytics, and Decentralization • Blockchain Capital Markets Initiatives Continue Across the Globe • Canadian Exchange Claims Lost ‘Cold Storage’ Funds Amid...
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