Global Digital Finance (GDF), the industry body advocating and accelerating the adoption of digital assets, has announced a partnership with Washington-based advisory and advocacy firm FS Vector, as well as four new senior appointments to its global policy and regulatory affairs teams.
John Beccia of FS Vector will lead US regulatory affairs for GDF, while 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 GDF member based advisory council, he is joined by Bryony Widdup, a Partner at DLA Piper, who will lead the council secretariat responsible for the GDF Code of Conduct.
“These highly experienced and seasoned professionals complete the new international regulatory affairs team,” says Lawrence Wintermeyer, co-chair of GDF. “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 adds, “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.”
GDF says it 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.