Robert A. Musiala Jr.

Counsel

Chicago
T +1.312.416.8192
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)

News

News

Press Releases

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

In The Blogs

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Blockchain Monitor
ICO Enforcement Actions, Applications for Wine and Web Browsers, AML Analyses
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike
August 16, 2019
In this issue: • Multiple ICO Enforcement Actions by SEC and State Regulators • Blockchain Applications for Enterprise Networks, Wine, Web Browsers and Drones • Blockchain Analytics Firms Publish Reports, Details Emerge on North Korea...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto Exchange and Payment Solutions Expand, New UK Guidance Issued, US Enforcement Actions Continue
By Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Joanna F. Wasick
August 2, 2019
In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Exchange and Payment Solutions Continue to Expand • New UK Guidance Published, Licenses Received by Cryptocurrency Firms Across Globe • Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions Continue From IRS and DOJ...
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Blockchain Monitor
SEC Issues No Action Letter, Pilots Announced Across Industries, U.S. Enforcement Agencies Remain Active
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
July 26, 2019
In this issue: • SEC Issues No-Action Letter, Financial Services Firms and Major Exchanges Make Moves, New Products Launched in Europe • New Pilots Announced for Voting, Autonomous Vehicles and Digital • Multiple U.S. Enforcement Actions...
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Blockchain Monitor
Crypto and Blockchain Markets Signal Growth Amid Regulator Skepticism, Hacks and Sanctions Warnings
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
July 19, 2019
In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Exchanges Obtain New Licenses Across Globe Amid Market Growth • Corporations Continue New Blockchain Pilots, New Market Projections Released • Libra Faces Skepticism, Virtual Commodity Organization Launches...
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Blockchain Monitor
Reg A+ Token Offerings Approved, Custody Guidance Issued, Supply Chain Pilots Announced, Regulators Take Action
By Brian P. Bartish, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike
July 12, 2019
In this issue: • SEC Issues Statement on Digital Asset Custody, Approves First Reg A+ Token Offerings • More Pilots Emerge for Food Supply Chain and Academic Records, Cargo Solutions Gain Momentum • US and International Regulatory...
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