Partner, Blank Rome
Michelle Gitlitz is a securities lawyer who represents corporations, investment companies, and funds on a wide range of issues, including corporate, regulatory, and litigation matters. Michelle regularly advises companies as they bring blockchain technology applications to market, raise capital through coin/token issuances and digital security offerings, create digital currency exchanges/platforms, establish digital currency mining operations, and navigate through state and federal money transmission issues.
Michelle counsels clients on the following:
• Investment Company Act/Investment Advisers Act for open-end, closedend, Boards of Trustees, and business development companies with registration, regulation, and governance matters;
• Fund formation for private investment funds and hedge funds, including funds that invest in emerging technologies such as distributive ledger technologies, blockchain, Internet of Things (“IoT”), and artificial intelligence as well as in digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other tokens offered through initial coin offerings; and
• Government investigations, specifically representing companies, officers, and directors in connection with investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, FINRA, National Futures Association, and other state and federal regulatory agencies arising out of possible violations of law.
Michelle is a frequent presenter on the legal and regulatory aspects of blockchain technology and tokenization. She has participated in MIT’s Legal Forum for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain and lectured on blockchain and tokenization at MIT's Computational Law Course. Michelle also participated in the United Nations' Blockchain for Impact Global Summit.
She frequently writes on blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and other legal topics, and has on a quarterly basis authors a publication titled, Fund and Investment Management Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Actions.