Athena Blockchain Creates New Markets Advisory Focused on Tokenized Securities

Investing, News, Regulation | May 10, 2018 By:

The leaders of Athena Blockchain, an investment advisory firm, announced today the launch of a new markets advisory business focused on tokenized securities.

With offices in ChicagoSanta Monica, and Miami, Athena Blockchain provides advisory services to issuers, sponsors, and promoters of tokenized securities by leveraging legal, compliance, technical, and financial experience to structure offerings and provide an understanding of capital markets.

“The tokenization of securities using DLT increases operational focus and reduces capital raising expenses for small issuers, frees securities from the data silos in which they reside, and democratizes access to capital markets, said Founder & CEO Eric Gravengaard. “Just as we have witnessed the power of digital currency to open new avenues for commerce, we now see smart contracts, Ethereum, and tokens creating untapped opportunities for investors, new ventures, and traditional financial institutions. Athena Blockchain’s team of experienced finance professionals and principals understand the cryptocurrency industry and how they will democratize early stage finance, disintermediate asset custodianship, and transform stagnant markets.”

Athena Blockchain is the newest member company of Athena Bitcoin, Inc., one of the most respected names in cryptocurrency. Athena Bitcoin is a diversified retail financial services cryptocurrency firm that serves its customers’ financial needs across North and South America.

Formidable Chain of Leadership

Athena Blockchain’s founding partners have unmatched experience in cryptocurrency, investment, and trading, focusing on tailored investment options across digital asset classes.

Gravengaard, as CEO, brings over fifteen years of buy side experience including prop trading, market making, and long-short and cryptocurrency hedge funds.

Andrew Hinkes, Esq., joins Athena Blockchain as its General Counsel, following his partnership at Chambers-rated law firm Berger Singerman LLP. Drew was nominated as a Most Influential Person in Blockchain by Coindesk in 2017, and appointed by NYU School of Law and NYU Stern Business School to co-teach its 2018 “Digital Currency, Blockchains, and the Future of the Financial Services Industry” class.

David Valentine, Athena’s Head of Investment Banking, brings more than 20 years of both buy-side and sell-side experience having served as the Global Head of Private Placements at UBS, a co-Portfolio Manager at Magnetar Capital, a co-Founder of Victory Park Capital, and the Founder and Managing Partner of specialty finance company, Wilson Gordon.

Kevin Li, Athena Blockchain’s Head of Strategy, leverages his finance and investment banking background from roles held at HHG Capital, Facebook and Greenhill & Co to drive forward the Company’s vision to provide clients with financing mechanisms utilizing blockchain technology.

Athena Blockchain will be announcing its partnership with a boutique investment bank based in Chicago to facilitate U.S. equity and fixed income issuances. Athena Blockchain has also retained the exclusive services of Edward “Coach” Weinhaus of CoachForged, and publisher of BlockTribune, based in Los Angeles, for its business advisory practice.

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Athena Blockchain is a privately-held investment, financial, and advisory business with offices in ChicagoSanta Monica, and Miami. The firm provides advice and execution across a full range of transactions.  For more information, please contact Athena Blockchain at  Media inquiries may be forwarded to