Karen Ubell is a partner in Goodwin’s Technology group and Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology practice. She practices general corporate and securities law, focusing primarily on transactions and regulatory compliance in connection with the implementation and adoption of novel technologies, including but not limited to blockchain, distributed networks, cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Ms. Ubell represents investors and issuers in digital asset offerings, private financings and securities offerings, and advises startups and existing companies in the implementation and development of blockchain technologies and tokenization models. Ms. Ubell also advises blockchain projects, digital asset trading platforms and blockchain industry groups on regulatory compliance as well as direct interactions with regulators, offering unique perspective and insight gained from her experience in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  
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Ms. Ubell’s experience in the blockchain, cryptocurrency and financial technology industries and deep knowledge of blockchain technology and applicable laws allows her to propose creative solutions and actively partner with clients to identify and design potential alternatives amid a complex and evolving regulatory landscape.

She has extensive experience serving as corporate counsel to emerging companies developing and implementing cryptographic tokens, digital assets and blockchain technologies. Ms. Ubell advises companies on general corporate matters such as entity formation, debt and equity financing transactions and corporate governance matters and counsels companies on regulatory matters associated with launching blockchain networks and distributing digital assets. She also assists investors in creating novel structures or terms specifically designed to align and capture shareholder value in blockchain networks and digital assets.

Ms. Ubell’s experience includes:

  • Advised industry-leading projects regarding developing and structuring blockchain networks including compliant distributions of digital assets and project launch.*
  • Facilitated first of their kind regulatory settlements on behalf of financial technology companies including digital asset issuers.*
  • Member of Silicon Valley based virtual currency working group that proposed regulatory solutions including proposed securities law safe harbor.*
  • Advised leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds regarding token-based investments and equity investments in blockchain technology companies.*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.



Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Ubell served as Special Counsel at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto. Before Cooley, she served as an attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
(with Honors)
B.A., Public Policy, 2003
Duke University



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