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.
▸ 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
▸ Connecticut (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
▸ New York County Lawyers Association (Chair of Futures and Derivatives Committee) 2008-2011
▸ New York County Lawyers Association Board of Directors 2012-2015
June 12, 2018, New York, NY
The Reg A Conference: Dealing with Security Tokens and Ensuring Compliant ICOs – Panel
May 24, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
Blockchain Law Summit 2018: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulations in U.S and Aborad