Sullivan & Worcester’s Joel Telpner Named Law360 2020 Fintech MVP

Press Release
October 5, 2020

Congratulations to Sullivan partner Joel Telpner, chair of the firm's Fintech and Blockchain Practice, for being named to Law360’s 2020 Fintech MVP list. The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360's 2020 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals. The MVP list highlights four lawyers in Fintech who are pioneering thought-leaders and dealmakers.

Telpner is a globally recognized trailblazer in the fintech, blockchain, and cryptocurrency space. His clients' size and nature vary from governments, top cryptocurrency companies, financial institutions, and large enterprises to startups. Clients describe him as a “very sharp and very experienced partner” who is "super pragmatic" and can "sort through the chaff and get to the nub of things impressively quickly."

Acknowledged as a worldwide authority on blockchain and digital asset issues, Telpner’s pioneering work includes working with the Marshall Islands to create the world’s first blockchain-based legal tender that will exist only in digital form and advising a blockchain platform that allows famers to buy crop protection through smart contract based weather derivatives. Telpner also worked on the very first issuance of an equity security on a blockchain for Overstock.com.

Telpner works with several of the industry’s leading research groups and has spoken extensively worldwide. Some of his recent engagements include work on global regulatory policy initiatives for the Chamber of Digital Commerce; the Blockchain Research Institute; the Global Blockchain Business Council; Wharton Reg@Tech; and the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group. He recently led the Chamber of Digital Commerce’s response to the Financial Stability Board’s report on Global Stablecoin Arrangements.

"We’re thrilled that Joel’s amazing work in Fintech has been recognized with this MVP honor," said Joel Carpenter, managing partner of Sullivan & Worcester. "His ability to forecast what’s next, to problem solve and to help clients reach their goals is indicative of what his work and this firm are all about."

About Sullivan
Sullivan & Worcester (Sullivan) is a leading AmLaw 200 law firm. With over 200 attorneys in Boston, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Washington, DC, Sullivan guides organizations that are rewriting the rules. Sullivan’s clients, including Fortune 500 companies and emerging businesses, rely on Sullivan’s strategic vision, comfort with complexity and intense focus on results. As a global law firm, Sullivan’s reach extends beyond the United States. With international practices in the United Kingdom and Israel, Sullivan has represented clients around the world and has a deep bench for working on a variety of matters and issues affecting clients globally. 

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