11

October

2023

Press Release: DLx Law Bolsters Growing Blockchain Practice By Hiring Diana Stern as Special Counsel and Dr. Andreas Freund as Technology Advisor

Firm joined by all-star support staff, Stern, former General Counsel at Palm NFT Studio, and Dr. Freund, founder and president of Exp Technology Consultants

WASHINGTON, D.C.—DLx Law, a leading law firm serving the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors, today announced the hires of Diana Stern as Special Counsel and Dr. Andreas Freund as Technology Advisor.

Stern will help DLx Law clients across the blockchain, fintech and media sectors stand up and optimize their in-house legal functions as well as provide product counseling across the firm’s client portfolio. Dr. Freund and the Exp Technology Consultants team will be responsible for overseeing technical due diligence and development support across the firm’s client roster.

Stern has more than a decade of specialized legal expertise in the digital assets sector and other highly regulated industries. She has worked with startups and large brands to determine their product-market fits, generate significant cost savings and increase revenue. Stern joins DLx Law after serving as General Counsel at Palm NFT Studio, where she scaled the company’s legal and regulatory operations and led a successful merger with Candy Digital.

Stern was a founding member of the global blockchain team at Stripe, where she previously served as Payments Product Counsel. Before Stripe, she practiced at Orrick, an international law firm, and at BakerHostetler LLP, where she pioneered enterprise smart contracts for clients. In addition to her responsibilities at  DLx Law, Stern will continue in her roles as an Operating Advisor for Bessemer Venture Partners and a Board Member at MIT’s Computational Law Report.

“Diana’s track record of legal innovation and ability to transform legal compliance into a competitive advantage make her uniquely suited to deliver value to our clients and our firm,” said DLx Law Cofounder Angela Angelovska-Wilson.

In addition to his roles at Exp Technology and the Pratt School of Engineering, Dr. Freund currently serves as Interim CTO of MOBI (formerly known as. the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative). Dr. Freund is the Cofounder and former CTO of Treetrunk, the NFT 2.0 platform, and Cofounder of the ConsenSys Kapture NFT Fan Engagement platform.

Certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and recognized as the TCS 2017 Distinguished Engineer for his contributions to blockchain technology, Dr. Freund is a seasoned business and technology leader with more than 25 years of combined academic and enterprise experience. Dr. Freund received his doctorate in theoretical particle physics from Pennsylvania University. He has a proven international record of delivering more than $1 billion in enterprise value enhancements and led technology teams, both small and large, to build and refine their methods and practices. Dr. Freund now specializes in building blockchain-based projects for both startups and Fortune-500 organizations.

“Partnering with Exp Technology Consultants strengthens our commitment to serving the crypto market with legal advice that includes a deep understanding of blockchain technology, from the protocol layer to the application layer,” said DLx Law Cofounder Lewis Cohen.

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About DLx Law PLLC

DLx Law is at the forefront of law and regulation in connection with digital assets, blockchain, and other emerging technologies. DLx Law’s attorneys have the expertise to work with clients on an array of matters, especially on a growing variety of projects evolving out of the blockchain technology sector. It is one of the firm’s principal tenets to help guide clients through the frequent legal developments affecting this rapidly evolving industry and regulatory landscape. DLx Law’s approach is proactive, helping to shape the future of regulation while also keeping our clients informed about critical developments affecting their industries. This dedication to excellence has positioned DLx Law among the top financial technology and blockchain technology-focused legal practices in the U.S., as recognized by Chambers & Partners.

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Amil Malik

Amil assists with various client matters in connection with digital assets and the adoption of blockchain technology, including general corporate law, securities law, and financial services regulation. She joined DLx Law after receiving her J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, where much of her studies focused on national security and cybersecurity law.

Amil received her B.B.A./B.A. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Between university and law school, Amil worked as a mergers and acquisitions analyst in New York, where she performed financial valuations and analysis as part of advisory services provided to sell-side and buy-side clients across media, consumer, technology, shipping, and financial technology industries. Amil is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.

Tom Momberg

+17186645458 tom.momberg@dlxlaw.com

Tom advises clients in an array of matters related to blockchain technology, decentralized finance, banking and payments systems, financial products, and financial technology applications. He joined DLx Law as an attorney after working as in-house counsel for a payments and banking software service provider, advising on various legal and regulatory matters, operations, risk, customer due diligence, and corporate best practices.

Tom received his J.D. from George Mason University Law School in Virginia and his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tom is a former journalist, and, while in law school, he interned for DLx Law and served as a law clerk for several federal institutions in Washington, D.C., including the CFTC, FCC, and House Judiciary Committee. Tom is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Oregon.

Sarah Chen

+19296345691 sarah.chen@dlxlaw.com

Sarah advises clients in all matters related to the adoption of blockchain technology, including general corporate, venture financing, securities laws and financial regulatory. Prior to joining DLx Law, Sarah was a senior associate in the M&A group of an international law firm headquartered in New York City, advising public companies and private equity firms on mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.

Sarah received her B.A. from New York University, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Columbia Law School where she was a James Kent Scholar. During law school, Sarah also served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Debra Ann Livingston of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Sarah is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.

Gregory Strong

+3027665535 greg.strong@dlxlaw.com

Greg focuses on advising entities regarding legal issues associated with the adoption of blockchain technology. Prior to joining DLx Law, Greg was a Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Department of Justice. He served as the Director of the Investor Protection Unit for three years and was responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of the Delaware Securities Act. Prior to his appointment as Director of the Investor Protection Unit, Greg was the Director of the Consumer Protection Unit for three years.

Greg has successfully represented the State of Delaware in many complex civil enforcement matters alleging violations of Delaware investor and consumer protection statutes and has extensive litigation experience. Greg graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Finance and received his J.D./M.B.A. from Temple University.

Angela Angelovska-Wilson

+12023651448 angela@dlxlaw.com

Angela is an early distributed ledger technology adopter and a leading authority in the evolving global legal and regulatory landscape surrounding distributed ledger technology and smart contracts. Prior to co-founding DLx Law, Angela served as the Chief Legal & Compliance Officer of Digital Asset and was part of the founding team.

Prior to joining Digital Asset, Angela was a partner at Reed Smith where she regularly advised clients on the implementation of new technologies to finance and the complex regulatory schemes involved in the development, creation, marketing, sale and servicing of various financial services and products. Before Reed Smith, Angela spent most of her career in various roles at Latham & Watkins, where she was recognized by The Legal 500 US among the top finance attorneys in the U.S.

Angela has a deep understanding of the Fin-Tech industry and in particular the distributed ledger industry, having been involved in a number of startups in various roles, as an employee, entrepreneur and advisor. In addition to DLx Law, Angela is also co-founder of Sila Inc., an innovative technology company.