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Pantera Capital counsel appointed chief of staff and senior counsel by CFTC commissioner

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Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero has appointed Joseph (Joe) R Cisewski, the legal counsel of cryptocurrency specialist Pantera Capital, as chief of staff and senior counsel.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero has appointed Joseph (Joe) R Cisewski, the legal counsel of cryptocurrency specialist Pantera Capital, as chief of staff and senior counsel.

Prior to his role at Pantera Capital, a $5 billion blockchain-focused venture capital and hedge fund group, Cisewksi served as the global head of US Securities and Derivatives Advisory within the Global Banking and Markets Division of HSBC Bank plc in London, which followed similar work in the Corporate & Investment Bank at JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York. 

Cisewski has also spent approximately 14 years in public service and public interest roles, including in legal roles at the CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). At the CFTC, he most recently served as Senior Special Counsel and Policy Advisor to Commissioner Mark P Wetjen (and also served as the agency’s co-chief of staff and co-chief operating officer under acting chairman Wetjen). At the SEC, Cisewski served in the Division of Trading and Markets, where he managed a team of lawyers responsible for the oversight of systemically important clearinghouses.

Joe attended the Georgetown University Law Center and graduated from Marquette University Law School in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his Master of Arts in Economics, completing PhD.course concentrations in industrial organisation and economic development, and Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

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