Christopher Austin is a partner in the Securities & Capital Markets and Fintech practices of Paul Hastings, based in New York. He focuses his practice on capital markets, cryptocurrency, venture capital, and corporate law, with extensive experience in public offerings, public and private company governance, and securities law compliance.
Mr. Austin counsels public and high-growth technology companies on general corporate and transactional matters, including advising on formation, venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, corporate governance, and intellectual property issues. He has extensive experience advising both companies and investment banks on capital markets matters, including leading deals involving BAML, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley, in connection with initial public offerings and follow-on offerings of technology and life sciences companies.
With a combination of securities law, fintech, and startup experience, Chris has become a recognized leader on cryptocurrency and blockchain matters. Chambers USA ranks him Band 1 for Fintech. His experience includes working with companies such as Hedera Hashgraph, Galaxy Digital, and others on issues around token sales, SAFT offerings, and securities law compliance. He leads a multidisciplinary team of money transmission, derivatives, broker dealer, litigation, and compensation and benefits experts to provide holistic advice in a rapidly changing regulatory environment. Notable fintech companies he has worked with include Betterment, SoFi, Personal Capital, Debtsy, Credit IQ, and Galaxy Digital.
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November 13, 2020
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June 19, 2020
PH COVID-19 Client Alert Series: Availability of SBA Care Act Loans to Venture- and Private Equity-Backed Businesses
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