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Manny Alicandro is an attorney with broad experience in compliance, risk management, regulation, controls, surveillance, supervision, and governance. He has worked in diverse leadership roles in alternative asset management, banking, management consulting, electronic markets, trading technology, and regulation, and is a frequent industry speaker, panelist, webcaster, and published author.

Presently, Manny is Principal of the Law Office of Manny Alicandro where he works with clients on crypto and blockchain projects. Manny was General Counsel at MANA Partners, trading, technology, and asset management firm, where he led all strategic and tactical legal initiatives and was involved in the firm’s incubation of new FinTech and RegTech.

Previous to MANA, he was Director of the Financial Services Risk and Regulatory Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory Services LLC where he advised clients on the overall management and performance of their business with a focus on compliance management, regulation, risk, controls, and governance.

Prior to PwC, Manny was Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase covering cash equities and electronic trading. Earlier in his career, through his almost ten years at NASDAQ where he was an Assistant General Counsel and President of BOX Regulation, he developed his experience in electronic trading, U.S. trading regulations, management of electronic exchanges, and market structure issues.

Prior to working for NASDAQ, Manny spent almost thirteen years in compliance and regulatory leadership roles working for several large securities firms and FINRA. During this time, he gained in-depth knowledge of legal and regulatory compliance issues pertaining to equities, derivatives, options and futures markets.

Manny has a BA from New York University, an MS from Pace University, a JD from New York Law School and an MBA from MIT. He is a member of the Bar, State of New York and is admitted in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, the US Tax Court and the US Supreme Court.

His advisory capabilities include:

  •  Providing legal and strategic counsel on founding and structuring of new companies and funds
  •  Designing and building electronic markets and regulation to support electronic markets across all tradeable asset classes and crypto
  •  Providing market and regulatory experience for FinTech and RegTech products
  •  Creating compliance programs

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