Lewis is the co-head of Hogan Lovells global blockchain initiative. A career-long capital markets lawyer, Lewis Cohen started working in the blockchain space in early 2016 when he was appointed co-head of the Blockchain Task Force created by the Structured Finance Industry Group (SFIG), the trade association for the U.S. structured finance industry, on which Lewis sits on the Board and Executive Committee. Lewis has since advised a range of clients and handled a number of key blockchain projects, including Grid+, a ConsenSys venture, and the Cook County, Illinois Recorder’s Office pilot to allow blockchain-based real estate transfers. Most recently, Lewis and his team have been handling legal issues on a variety of transactions involving the initial sales of cryptographic tokens (sometimes also known as “initial coin offerings” or ICOs).
In the traditional capital markets sector, clients turn to Lewis to help them untangle the web of regulations involved in cross-border transactions. Lewis takes the time to know his clients’ business so that he can provide efficient, targeted advice. His experience includes working on some of the first structured finance transactions, including a securitization of credit card receivables by Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.). Over the course of his career, Lewis has represented a wide range of banks, issuers and intermediaries around the globe in almost every sector of the capital markets.