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Patrick Murck


Patrick Murck is President and Chief Legal Officer at Transparent Financial Systems, a member of the Plural Venture Community and an Affiliate with the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. He works with regulators and policymakers around the world and serves as a member of the IMF’s High Level Advisory Group on Fintech, the Fintech Advisory Group for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Fintech Working Group for the Massachusetts Securities Division, and the Delaware First State Fintech Lab.

Patrick focuses on the legal and regulatory aspects of Fintech, cryptocurrencies, decentralized finance and other emerging, digital financial systems. In addition to a deep understanding of this evolving industry, he has been involved in a number of startups as a founder, employee, investor, advisor, and counsel.

Before joining Transparent Systems, Patrick was Special Counsel at Cooley where he helped develop the firm's blockchain and Fintech practice. Prior to Cooley he was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation where he served as General Counsel and Executive Director and has been named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal.

Projects & Tools

Digital Finance Initiative

A multitude of technical, legal, policy, and economic issues around digital currencies and blockchain technologies have emerged in recent years.



As Interest Rates Rise, a Silent Vampire Attack on Crypto

BKC affiliate Patrick Murck writes about the “silent vampire attack” crypto is facing as interest rates rise. “In a bull market, it was perhaps easy for crypto firms to…

Aug 8, 2022
Money Reimagined

New Money and Contemporary Capitalism

Patrick Murck discusses the potential for cryptocurrencies to help shift into an abundance mindset.

Nov 19, 2021
Bloomberg Law

Say Hello to Your New Local Bank—The Fed

BKC affiliate Patrick Murck on why newly introduced bills creating a U.S. “Digital Dollar” as part of the coronavirus stimulus package would radically upend the banking and…

Apr 13, 2020
The Exchange

The Challenges and Nuance of Crypto Regulation

The present and future regulation of cryptocurrency

Apr 8, 2019

Evolving Technology means Change to Legal Finance

On transformation in the financial services landscape due to globalizing and evolving technologies

Oct 17, 2018

FinTech Forward 2018

Domestic and international financial regulators, innovators, and experts examine financial tech topics

Oct 12, 2018


May 16, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

How to regulate the future of finance?

featuring John Schindler from the Federal Reserve, Jeff Bandman from the CFTC, and Valerie Szczepanik from the SEC

Event Description US market regulators offer perspectives on the benefits and risks of the financial technology revolution from distributed ledgers, p2p marketplaces and…

Oct 20, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Property law and the blockchain

with Berkman Fellow, Patrick Murck

In this talk we will explore the first area of interest and try to unpack the basic property interests one can have in a bitcoin.