What started as a white paper became a movement and is now the future of finance. Our community knows and regulators are catching up. The next 18 months will be crucial in creating and rolling out a permanent regulatory framework for crypto around the world – but if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu! So I am pleased to announce that Ian Mair has joined us as Head of US Public Policy.
Based in Washington DC, Ian was most recently Vice President at The Smith-Free Group. For the past eight years, he has played a key role in advising fintech and crypto clients on legal and regulatory matters, representing the industry both before lawmakers and regulators. At Smith-Free, Ian met regularly with congressmen, congress staff, think tanks, stakeholders, and many other stakeholders in the policymaking ecosystem. He closely followed congressional and regulatory processes to formulate and implement detailed advocacy strategies, and assisted in lobbying several bills, from bill to public law. As a scholarship holder of the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, he was immersed in the legislative and regulatory process for cryptocurrencies from the start.
Last year, the U.S. Congress passed more than 30 bills related to crypto and nearly a dozen federal agencies passed digital currency regulations. As the U.S. federal government and states alike begin to delve into crypto, it is vital for industry leaders like Blockchain.com to get actively involved. Ian’s focus is on building Blockchain.com’s state and federal US policies as the company works with policy makers and regulators. By working together on the bypass and in the state capitals, we can set the rules by which crypto will continue to thrive.