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Global Digital Finance boosts regulatory affairs capability

Global Digital Finance (GDF), the industry body advocating and accelerating the adoption of digital assets, has announced a partnership with Washington DC-based advisory and advocacy firm FS Vector, along with four new senior appointments to boost its global policy and regulatory affairs capability.

John Beccia of FS Vector will lead US Regulatory Affairs for Global Digital Finance .  European public policy specialist Lavan Thasarathakumar of Thasa Consulting, who is also a consultant at GDF founding member Hogan Lovells, will take ownership of EMEA Regulatory Affairs.

Malcolm Wright, chief compliance officer of digital asset financial services and advisory company Diginex, has been elected chair of the Global Digital Finance Advisory Council. He is joined by Bryony Widdup, a partner at DLA Piper, who will lead the Advisory Council Secretariat responsible for the GDF Code of Conduct.

“These highly experienced and seasoned professionals complete the new international regulatory affairs team,” said Lawrence Wintermeyer, co-chair of Global Digital Finance. “They bring a wealth of experience, insight, and a vast and influential global network to the GDF membership and mission.”

Jeff Bandman, board member and regulatory engagement lead at GDF added: “Our partnership with FS Vector and appointment of these high-calibre industry professionals will supercharge GDF’s regulatory and policy maker advocacy programmes globally.  These talented new resources will exponentially accelerate GDF’s ability to execute its regulatory mission and vision, enabling us to drive and support regulatory clarity and consistency in our rapidly developing industry.”

Global Digital Finance continues to engage in outreach with global regulators, standard setting bodies and non-governmental organisations through the development of the GDF Code of Conduct, which provides a consistent professional voice of responsible industry practitioners.

GDF is a global membership body advocating and accelerating the adoption of best practices for crypto and digital assets, through the development of conduct standards, in a shared engagement forum with market participants, policymakers and regulators.

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