Jeff Bandman is Founder and CEO of BlockAgent Inc., an independent SEC-registered transfer agent focused on blockchain-based digital securities. BlockAgent is the new regulated market infrastructure bringing trust and compliance to digital securities. He is also Founder and Principal of Bandman Advisors, an advisory practice helping clients ranging from start-ups to global firms meet strategic innovation and regulatory challenges to find new business opportunities. Bandman Advisors bridges the gap between business and regulation.
Jeff is widely recognized as a thought leader, speaker and educator on blockchain and cryptoasset law, regulation and policy. He is co-Founder and Board Member of the Global Digital Finance policy initiative and leads its regulatory engagement globally. As Lecturer in Global Affairs at Yale, he taught the seminar on blockchain, cryptoassets and public policy in the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in the 2018-2019 academic year. He is a member of the RegTech Council and acts as FinTech regulation mentor for the Techstars Barclays FinTech
Accelerator. Jeff is an Industry Fellow of the University of Nicosia Blockchain Initiative and Research Fellow of the Blockchain for Algorithmic Regulation and Compliance (BARAC) initiative
at University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
Previously, Jeff was a senior official at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2014-2017. As FinTech Advisor to Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, he was Founding Director and architect of LabCFTC, the CFTC's hub for engagement with FinTech innovation (the first
launched by a U.S. market regulator). He established and chaired the CFTC blockchain, virtual currencies and FinTech working group from inception in 2015. Jeff led FinTech and RegTech
coordination with domestic and international regulators, and led work by international regulators on post-trade digital innovation. Jeff previously led the CFTC's Division of Clearing and Risk, which oversees many of the world’s largest clearinghouses. He led the negotiations resulting in “Clearinghouse Equivalence” with the European Commission. He joined the CFTC as Special Counsel to Chairman Timothy G. Massad, and also led the CFTC’s Office of International Affairs. Jeff worked for many years in the financial industry in New York and London. As Head of
Partnerships & Alliances of LCH’s SwapClear, he helped design and launch the SwapClear "FCM service" for clearing interest rate swaps through US intermediaries. He also devised the
innovative CCP2 partnership program and led the award-winning SMART margin simulator. Jeff earlier worked on a variety of new market structure and FinTech initiatives, including LiquidityHub and the Project Rainbow consortium. Before that he rebuilt Cantor Fitzgerald’s market data business after the events of September 11. Mr. Bandman started his career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and was Americas General Counsel for Prebon Yamane, now part of the ICAP group.
He graduated from Yale magna cum laude, with honors in History and English. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School, with honors as a member of the “Order of the Coif." He is a five-time Jeopardy! Champion and spent his winnings backpacking around Africa, Asia and Europe.