Block.one names Lee Schneider general counsel

Block.one, a blockchain developer and author of the EOSIO software, today announced it has appointed noted fintech lawyer  Lee A. Schneider as its global general counsel, effective June 4.

Mr. Schneider will be responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs and will be involved in its proactiveregulatory and compliance initiatives. He joins after leading the blockchain practices at two major international firms, most recently McDermott Will & Emery. While at McDermott, Mr. Schneider led both the fintech and broker dealer practices and has played a role in structuring several of the largest and most successful blockchain-related projects.

Mr. Schneider co-hosts Appetite for Disruption, a bi-weekly fintech podcast with former SEC Commissioner Troy Paredes, and has contributed to the global-leading guidance, A securities law framework for blockchain tokens developed by Coinbase.

“Lee’s unique legal expertise and leadership in blockchain makes him an ideal fit for our business,”said Block.one CEO Brendan Blumer. “His background spans many of the most important companies and projects in the space and he has practical experience on both the technology itself and its real-world applications. We are thrilled to welcome him to the team.”

“I’m excited to join at this critical moment in the development of blockchain technologies,” Mr. Schneider said. “Block.one is a diverse business with grand ambitions and unprecedentedgrowth potential, and I look forward to contributing to the firm’s successes.”

Mr. Schneider holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.