Felix Shipkevich

Principal - New York, NY

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Practice Emphasis

Mr. Shipkevich is a principal of Shipkevich PLLC. His practice concentrates on futures, commodities, and derivatives regulatory, transactional, and enforcement matters. Mr. Shipkevich has a strong legal background in corporate governance, compliance, regulatory, and collateral issues associated with these areas.

He performs transactional work for Futures Commissions Merchants (FCMs), Retail Foreign Exchange Dealers (RFEDs), Introducing Brokers (IBs), Commodity Pool Operators (CPOs), Commodity Trading Advisors (CTAs), Swap Dealers (SDs), Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs), and domestic and offshore hedge funds. Mr. Shipkevich guides clients on procedures related to registration with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and National Futures Association (NFA), as well as domestic and international regulators in local jurisdictions. He has also been involved with various regulatory and legal aspects of token sales and FinTech cryptocurrency firms. Mr. Shipkevich is a frequent speaker on the subjects of Bitcoin ATM regulations, defining Bitcoin legality, and how government agencies regulate ICO Compliance (SEC, IRS, FinCen, DOJ, State Regulators, NYDFS, CFPB). Mr. Shipkevich regularly represents some of the largest non-bank foreign exchange dealers and money transmitters. Blockchain-based technologies regulations are his area of expertise and he has spoken at various panels for Cryptocurrency and Capital Markets law.

He has represented clients in China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Ireland, Europe, Bermuda and the Caribbean, South America, and he is recognized as a solicitor by the Law Society of England and Wales. Mr. Shipkevich prepares and assists with implementation of compliance procedures for clients in the commodities and derivatives fields. He prepares procedures for anti-money laundering (AML) policy, Electronic Transmitter Service (ETS) policy, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plans, and procedures for training staff on AML, ethics, and fraud detection. Mr. Shipkevich has defended hedge funds, traders, forex firms, broker-dealers, and investment advisors as clients against enforcement actions in federal and state courts.

Prior to founding his private practice, Mr. Shipkevich was General Counsel of CMS Forex, a FCM and RFED, where he oversaw the firm’s offices located in New York, Bermuda, Saint Petersburg, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Prior to CMS Forex, he worked as a New York litigation attorney representing financial firms. Mr. Shipkevich also worked at AIG’s Financial Institutions Group, where he supervised and managed litigation against the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) brokers. He acquired his earliest legal experience at such prestigious institutions as the division of enforcement at the SEC, New York Stock Exchange, and UBS and Bear Stearns.

Mr. Shipkevich is frequently quoted and published in Compliance Reporter, CoinDesk, e-Forex, and FX Week.

Representative cases

▸ Counsel to Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs)

▸ Counsel to CFTC Swap Dealers

▸ Counsel to a Swap Data Repository

▸ Counsel to US and international FX money services business

▸ Counsel to largest Luxembourg private bank

▸ Counsel to Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs)

▸ Counsel to several Introducing Brokers (IBs)

▸ Counsel to US and international foreign exchange brokerages

▸ Counsel to US and international foreign exchange technology companies

▸ Counsel to US and international money services business (MSBs)


▸ New York County Lawyers Association (Chair of Futures and Derivatives Committee) 2008-2011
▸ New York County Lawyers Association Board of Directors 2012-2015


▸ New York
▸ Connecticut (Ret.)
▸ Pennsylvania (Ret.)
▸ U.S. Tax Court
▸ U.S. Supreme Court
▸ U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York
▸ U.S District Court for the Eastern District of New York
▸ England and Wales


▸  J.D. Hofstra University
▸  B.A. Economics and Political Science, SUNY Binghamton

Speaking Engagements

July 14, 2019, New York, NY

Legaltech News on 4 Considerations to Mull Over Before Joining a Blockchain Consortium.

Quoted in Law.com Legaltech News


May 9, 2019, New York, NY

The Reg A Conference: Security Tokens, Reg A, Liquidity and Payments Law – Panel Moderator

ICO Attorney


February 20, 2019, New York, NY

NFT.NYC: NFT Regulations Panel

ICO Attorney


September 27, 2018, Black Hawk, CO

CX4 2018: The Legal Landscape -  Legal Regulations 2018 and Beyond

ICO Attorney


September 16, 2018, Las Vegas, NV

RevCon2018: Legal and Regulatory Panel

Regulatory Compliance Attorney


September 13, 2018, New York, NY

Federal Bar Associaion: Blockchain: From Innovation to Regulation

ICO Attorney


August 15, 2018, New York, NY

CryptoBlockCon 2018: ICOs - Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

ICO Attorney


June 12, 2018, New York, NY

Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Investment Summit: Anticipated Regulations and The Future of Cryptocurrency

ICO Attorney


June 12, 2018, New York, NY

The Reg A Conference: Dealing with Security Tokens and Ensuring Compliant ICOs – Panel

ICO Attorney


May 24, 2018, Los Angeles, CA

Blockchain Law Summit 2018: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulations in U.S and Aborad

ICO Attorney


April 18, 2018, Live Webinar

Cryptocurrency: Evolving Regulatory Landscape, Recent SEC, CFTC, FinCEN, IRS Enforcement Actions

ICO Attorney for Strafford CLE


March 14, 2018, New York, Hofstra University

Payments Processing Roundtable: The Future of Payment Processing and Money Service Businesses

Co-Chair and Moderator


February 15, 2018, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Blockchain EventThe Rise of Cryptocurrency

ICO Attorney for The Rise of Cryptocurrency Panel


November 30, 2017, Miami, FL

IMTC World 2017Fintech/ Blockchain Panel

ICO Attorney and Regulations for Blockchain Panel


September 19, 2017, Las Vegas, NV.

RevCon2017Regulatory Panel

Regulations Attorney


March 3, 2016, New York, Hofstra University

The Developing Legal and Regulatory Challenges of Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency

ICO Attorney for the University's Commodities Law / Foreign Exchange Panel on Bitcoin Commodities


August, 2014

Legality of Bitcoin Webinar Series

August 5, 2014, New York, NY

Part 1- Defining Bitcoin Legality

August 12, 2014, New York, NY

Part 2 – Bitcoin on Wall Street

August 19, 2014, New York, NY

Part 3 – Bitcoin ATM Regulation

August 26, 2014, New York, NY

Part 4 – Bitcoin vs. the World