WASHINGTON D.C. – Global law firm Reed Smith announced today that Celisa Morin has joined the firm as counsel in its Financial Industry Group. Morin, who will also spearhead Reed Smith’s On Chain: Crypto and Digital Assets Group, brings to the firm deep cryptocurrency and blockchain experience covering both legal and commercial matters in the United States and Asia.

Avocats associés à cet article: Celisa Morin Jodi E. Schwimmer Constantine Karides

Prior to joining Reed Smith, Morin served as vice president of platform distribution at Grayscale Investments, the largest digital currency asset manager globally, which provides access to digital currency investment products. As a key member of the Grayscale team, Morin executed on the firm’s strategic planning and partnered with financial institutions, private banks, wealth management firms, and fintechs to onboard SEC reporting digital assets products onto their platforms. Morin led the platform deal cycle, securing partnership opportunities, overseeing due diligence processes, structuring commercial terms, and ensuring successful implementation and ongoing support. She also developed digital asset educational content for platforms covering products, innovations, regulatory developments, best practices, and risk assessment.

Prior to that, Morin served as general counsel and chief commercial officer of Singapore-based digital asset exchange, Tokenomy, subsidiary of the largest regulated digital asset exchange in Indonesia. She provided strategic advice and solutions for new projects and product launches, developed business and partnership opportunities, engaged with international regulators, and oversaw licensing processes, regulatory approvals, internal controls and compliance matters. Before joining Tokenomy, Morin held banking positions with several major international financial services firms. Prior to that, Morin was a commercial litigation attorney at another global law firm representing clients across various industries, including financial services, banking, energy and technology.

“We have developed a robust practice capable of advising clients in the crypto space on a variety of finance and operational issues, including fundraising, digital asset fund formation, broker-dealer compliance, tokenization, and digital asset custody,” said Jodi Schwimmer, global co-chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group. “Adding Lisa, whose experience as a key member within one of the most important digital asset players and as a GC of a digital asset exchange, will bring an in-house perspective to our practice that will serve our clients well.”

Reed Smith’s On Chain: Crypto and Digital Assets Group is at the forefront of providing advice about blockchain-based platforms, cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. The On Chain group has more than 100 lawyers working across the U.S., United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Middle East, and provides a full range of support in this rapidly growing space, including advising on initial company structures, funding transactions, navigating global regulatory frameworks, and designing and launching NFTs, platform tokens and other digital assets.

“The digital assets sector is rapidly transforming, with standards and precedent being set every day,” said Constantine Karides, co-chair of Reed Smith’s On Chain: Crypto and Digital Assets Group. “Companies in this market expect the firms they work with to be more than providers of legal services, they expect their counsel to understand the complexities of how their businesses operate as well as the implications of every decision they make, be it transactional, regulatory, financing or litigation.”

Karides added, “Celisa’s arrival is of critical importance to reinforcing our position as the law firm of choice for businesses throughout the digital asset ecosystem. Her deep sector knowledge, legal and business acumen, and the gravitas she brings to the firm will be of great value to our clients. We are excited to have her aboard.”

Morin earned a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, an M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business, and a B.A. from Pepperdine University. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.