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Legal OG Marco Santori of Blockchain.com on Advocating for Bitcoin, Countering the Media Narrative, and Changing the Landscape in Bitcoin's Early Days
Jan 30, 2020 · 1 hr 21 min
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Marco Santori, president & chief legal officer of Blockchain.com who’s also known as the ‘Dean of Digital Currency Lawyers’ joins us today on Untold Stories. Marco believes that a good lawyer doesn’t just say ‘no’ but rather explains the law, risks and potential rewards of a given strategy. He goes on to state that a great lawyer has to be involved in both advocacy and advisory work which can eventually change the law in order to reduce risk. Marco reminisces on his work developing the 1st FINCEN guidance and how it was vital to engage and not ignore the regulators. He points out that the press at the time were only reporting on negatives and how they had to wrestle control of the narrative in crypto. Marco also explains the funds travel rule and discusses the importance of maintaining non-custodial solutions in crypto. He explains his work with the SAFT project and expands on its achievements. In the end he states the core constant of Blockchain.com and its plans for the future.

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