Jason is a financial services professional with over a decade of experience working for global investment banks in London and New York City. With his extensive background in finance and his deep understanding of the blockchain space, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the clients he serves.
Jason’s expertise is further evidenced by his designation as a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and his membership of Global Digital Finance. These industry associations showcase his commitment to promoting the adoption of best practices for crypto and digital finance technologies.
Beyond his professional achievements, Jason is also the Chairman of Crypto Club Global (CCG). Under his leadership, CCG acquired Blacks Club, the UK’s first crypto-focused private members’ club. This accomplishment highlights Jason’s commitment to advancing the growth of the crypto industry and his ability to build successful ventures in the space.
With Jason at the helm, Venrai is well-positioned to provide clients with unparalleled expertise and guidance in navigating the rapidly evolving world of blockchain and crypto.
James is a regulatory specialist partner at law firm gunnercooke advising blockchain, digital asset and FinTech enterprises. His experience includes advising: on the first successful UK-based ICO; on the first equity issuance settled on-chain; a sandbox business on becoming one of the first entities in the UK to become authorised as a blockchain-based business; four firms through the FCA sandbox (three of which were blockchain / cryptoassets products); on setting up a tokenised gold exchange; a regulator on setting up a sandbox; several custodians setting up safeguarding solutions for cryptoassets; and a range of hedge funds on set up and regulatory issues. His practice is broad, with clients including digital asset firms, token developers, cryptoasset custodians, blockchain platforms, crypto-exchanges, exchanges run using distributed ledger technology, crypto-custodians, crypto-brokers and crypto-funds.
James lectures on FinTech, is co-author of both the RegTech book and the PayTech books, whose authorship is crowd-sourced through a voting process, and has published on blockchain with the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, and co-published one of the first function-based cryptoasset taxonomies. He has given evidence to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain and Cryptoassets, is a named contributor to the UKJT legal statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts, and his work is award winning including receiving runner-up at the Crypto A.M. Awards 2020, “Standout” at the FT Innovation in Legal Expertise Awards 2018; “Highly Commended” at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2017 and “Highly Commended / Runner Up” at Legalweek: The British legal Awards 2017.