VERITY VAN TASSEL RICHARDS focuses her practice on representing digital asset trading platforms, blockchain technology companies, U.S. and non-U.S. broker-dealers, financial services firms and cryptocurrency funds. Verity advises technology companies on blockchain token offerings, including so-called ICOs. She also counsels financial institutions and digital asset exchanges with day-to-day securities issues, private placement agent requirements, custody rule requirements, cross-border regulatory issues, money services business registration requirements and FINRA and SEC regulatory inquiries. Verity is a member of Sidley’s global Securities Enforcement and Regulatory practice, which received the 2019 Chambers USA Award for Financial Services Regulation, and was named the “Law Firm of the Year” for Securities Regulation in 2020 and 2017 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.
Verity works with transactional lawyers on structuring deals involving financial services and technology companies, digital asset exchanges and blockchain tokens. Verity advises blockchain entrepreneurs in the formation of nonprofit organizations and benefit corporations. She is an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she teaches The Law of Nonprofit Organizations.
Verity is a frequent speaker and writer on various topics in FinTech, with a particular focus on distributed ledger technology and blockchain tokens.
Prior to joining Sidley, Verity worked as an associate at another New York law firm. She was a judicial intern for the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
While in law school, Verity was an associate editor of the Cardozo Law Review and a Dean’s Distinguished Fellow.
Admissions & Certifications
- New York
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D., 2012 (Dean’s Distinguished Scholar)
- Pennsylvania State University, B.F.A., 2002