October 27, 2021

Chris offers a firsthand account of his central role at the intersection of markets, technology, and public policy, and makes a case for the future of cryptocurrencies.

J. Christopher Giancarlo, former chairman of the CFTC and senior counsel at the Firm, has published CryptoDad: the Fight for the Future of Money. The book details Chris’s role at the center of financial market regulation as CFTC chairman, and discusses the rise of Bitcoin, crypto, and central bank digital currency, and how they are transforming financial services, and most importantly money.

Dubbed "CryptoDad" for his plea to Congress to acknowledge and respect cryptocurrencies as the inevitable product of a fast-growing technological wave and a free marketplace, Chris discusses his efforts during the Obama and Trump Administrations to modernize oversight of America’s financial markets. The book argues the importance of updating our financial organizations, particularly the infrastructure of money itself, laying out the argument for a Digital Dollar. The book also contends that the next digital wave will be the coming Internet of Value, where cryptocurrencies will do what the Internet of Information did to immaterial things: make them accessible, distributable, and movable instantly across the globe.

Chris is the founder and director of The Digital Dollar Project, a multi-stakeholder initiative to advance exploration of a United States central bank digital currency.

Chris serves as co-chair of Willkie’s Digital Works team, which offers deep experience in the digital assets regulatory, policymaking and enforcement arenas. Representing both startups and established institutions, the team offers sophisticated understanding and guidance on the treatment of digital assets under securities and commodities laws and regulations; banking and Treasury laws and regulations; AML/KYC law; and state law matters, such as the NY BitLicense regime.

Access more information on the book here.

Listen to Chris introduce and discuss his book here.

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