Marco Santori is a business attorney and commercial litigator in New York City. His business practice focuses on early-stage companies in the high-technology sector, including web, e-commerce, financial technology (FinTech), and the emerging digital currency space. For these businesses, Marco offers comprehensive, full-service business counsel. He is well-versed in the corporate requirements of early-stage businesses, including seed, angel and venture-backed fundraising.
Recently described by an American Banker reporter as “the dean of digital currency lawyers,” Marco is a recognized authority in the law of digital currencies. He counsels exchanges, payment processors, institutional miners, and other companies making new and exciting uses of distributed ledger technology. As Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, his knowledge of the latest industry trends develops in near-real-time. He advises his clients on regulatory matters, including the compliance with and avoidance of money services and securities regulations. Marco is fluent in the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Patriot Act’s application to digital currency businesses, including Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) regulation. Marco works closely with his clients to structure their business plans to comply with these regulations, and whenever possible avoid them entirely.
Marco also assists his clients in protecting their own intellectual property as well as licensing the intellectual property of other rights holders.
Marco’s litigation practice focuses on commercial and high-technology matters. He litigates disputes arising out of intellectual property, trade secrets, defamation and securities fraud. He is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and lectures on the topics of mediation and arbitration.
Before beginning his legal career, Marco founded and operated a successful home-decor distribution company, which imported textiles from India, China and Canada and sold to institutional customers in the Americas and across Europe. Since then, Marco has counseled organizations of all sizes in their business matters. He has successfully represented large, well known brands, such as Nike, Inc., 3M Corp., Nautica and Tory Burch, as well as medium-sized and growing businesses.
Marco frequently appears on Real Money with Ali Velshi and Bloomberg TV. He has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Wired, Entrepreneur.com and Crain’s New York Business.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation and Appeals
- Defamation, First Amendment and Anti-SLAPP
- Intellectual Property: Copyrights and Trade Secrets
- Securities and Capital-raising
- Digital Currency and Payments
- Business Planning and Formation
- Web and E-commerce
- New York State Courts
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
- J.D.: 2008
- University of California, Berkeley, California
- B.A.: 2004
- Major: Philosophy
- Honors: California Leadership Award
- Founder: Sigma Phi Epsilon, California Alpha Chapter