Association for Digital Asset Markets Names Jeffrey Blockinger As CEObr>
The Association for Digital Asset Markets (ADAM) has appointed Jeffrey Blockinger as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
ADAM is a private organization of member firms seeking to build a safer, stronger and more efficient digital assets marketplace where participants can transact with confidence. In collaboration with leading financial firms, entrepreneurs, industry and legal experts, academics, and regulators, ADAM created a Code of Conduct to promote integrity, fairness, and efficiency in digital asset markets. The ADAM Code is intended to inform market participants on best practices and to complement, not replace, existing regulation as part of a long-term effort to define and promote ethical conduct by all digital asset market participants.
Blockinger has more than 20 years of experience structuring investment advisers, investment funds and broker-dealers while protecting their firms from legal risk. He is known for his advocacy with regulators and other key market participants on behalf of entrepreneurial asset managers.
Prior to joining ADAM, Blockinger built out a global legal and compliance department as Chief Legal Officer for Och-Ziff Capital Management Group and developed the firm’s internal controls for financial and regulatory reporting and corporate governance ahead of its initial public offering in 2007, one of the first in the alternative investment fund industry. He also structured and advised investment advisers, broker-dealers, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds and business development companies at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, Crowell & Moring LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
“Jeff’s extensive experience in guiding traditional and alternative asset managers through periods of momentous change is a major asset for ADAM’s overall mission,” said Richard Rosenblum, Co-Founder and Head of Markets at GSR, an ADAM founding member. “His long history of success in creating, managing and influencing sophisticated coalitions of internal and external stakeholders during times of great change is crucial to achieving our goal of creating a stronger, safer ecosystem as we continue to grow our membership.”
“The digital asset industry has reached an historic inflection point as cryptocurrencies, digital securities and other digital innovations transform the financial markets,” said Mr. Blockinger. “ADAM plays a leading role in paving the way for continued growth and acceptance by traditional financial market participants. I look forward to expanding our leadership role in shaping the future of the digital assets markets by building consensus for the entire industry.”