ROBERT UHL advises digital asset issuers and trading platforms, blockchain technology companies and software developers, U.S. and non-U.S. broker-dealers, investors, and financial services firms, and cryptocurrency funds in a broad range of regulatory, enforcement, public policy, and transactional matters.
In the regulatory arena, Robert advises technology companies on public and private securities offerings—including blockchain token distributions—and counsels financial institutions and digital asset exchanges on day-to-day compliance issues, private placement agent requirements, custody rule requirements, cross-border regulatory issues, money services business registration requirements, and FINRA and SEC regulatory inquiries and enforcement actions. He assists U.S. and non-U.S. FinTech companies in evaluating broker-dealer and investment adviser registration requirements.
Robert also counsels clients on complex legislative, policy, and political matters across the federal government, helping clients navigate Capitol Hill, the White House, and executive branch agencies. Robert strategizes with clients to develop the most effective, individually-tailored plan for them to successfully shape law and policy, efficiently structure their business operations, and deftly maneuver the latest legal and political developments. He remains current with legislative efforts involving digital assets, blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and stablecoins, interpreting relevant changes to federal law and new market regimes as they are proposed, developed, and discussed in Congress. Robert is also a member of the Chamber of Digital Commerce.
Finally, Robert works with transactional teams to structure deals and negotiate agreements involving financial services, blockchain technology, digital asset exchanges, and token offerings, offering practical solutions in light of evolving U.S. securities laws and broker-dealer regulatory issues associated with emerging technologies. Previously, Robert represented public and private companies across industries on cross-border corporate and transactional matters throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, drafting substantive agreements, conducting due diligence, analyzing international compliance questions and strategies, negotiating deal terms, and coordinating with clients and counterparties to solve problems.
Robert regularly researches current political, policy, national security, and intelligence issues facing the United States, and provides pro bono services to veterans applying for benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, particularly combat-related special compensation. Robert also supports Sidley’s partnership with Yale Law School’s Free Exercise clinic. He has helped clients file amicus curiae briefs in appropriate religious liberties cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, which has favorably cited their work. Robert is also a member of Checks and Balances, a group of Constitutionally-focused attorneys who believe in the rule of law, the independence of the criminal justice system, the imperative of individual rights, limited government, and the necessity of civil discourse.
While attending law school, Robert served as an extern with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas and with Mark Cuban Companies. Robert earned his J.D. from the SMU Dedman School of Law and his B.B.A. in Finance, with a minor in Constitutional Studies, from the University of Notre Dame.