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Perkins Coie Hires Former SEC Fintech Examiner Didiuk

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Law firm Perkins Coie has just hired Michael Didiuk, the former Securities and Exchange Commission official who headed exams of registered investment advisors to cryptoasset funds, as a partner in the firm’s Investment Management practice group in the San Francisco office.

During his eight years at the SEC, Didiuk was a member of the SEC’s Distributed Ledger Technology and Structured Products working groups and also served as counsel to two SEC commissioners.

“Mike’s extensive experience will be a terrific complement to Perkins Coie’s market-leading fintech practice,” said Michael Glaser, chair of the firm’s corporate practice. “Mike is poised to make immediate contributions in our clients’ leading-edge cryptocurrency and distributed ledger projects, and we enthusiastically welcome him to the firm.”

Didiuk joins Perkins Coie’s Investment Management, Fintech and Blockchain teams, and will represent clients on various federal securities laws and complex regulatory issues raised by blockchain technology and in connection with the emergence of digital asset sales and digital securities, the firm said.

“Mike is an exceptional addition to the firm’s fintech and blockchain practices,” added Dax Hansen, chair of Perkins Coie’s Blockchain and Fintech industry groups. “His deep experience and understanding of the complex regulatory, enforcement and investment issues in this fast-moving space will allow Mike to provide insightful and strategic counseling to our wide range of clients focused on fintech and crypto.”

Prior to his time with the SEC, Didiuk was a senior associate at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he worked on a team assembled by a former director of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management.

“It’s a particularly exciting time to be joining given Perkins Coie’s leadership in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space and I look forward to helping our clients successfully navigate the complexities of the regulatory landscape,” Didiuk said.

Perkins Coie’s Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group was publicly launched in May 2013 as the world’s first legal practice focused on decentralized cryptocurrencies and shared ledger technologies.