Neel Maitra
Partner | Washington, D.C.
Neel Maitra

Neel Maitra is a partner in Dechert’s financial services practice, advising clients on securities issues, particularly relating to the blockchain, crypto and fintech industries. Mr. Maitra is an authority on the complex and fast-evolving regulation of crypto assets and other cutting-edge financial technologies.

Prior to his return to private practice, Mr. Maitra served as the crypto and fintech specialist in the Division of Trading and Markets at the Securities and Exchange Commission. As one of the agency’s key experts, he advised on a range of crypto issues and developments, including initial coin offerings, broker-dealer regulation of crypto asset companies, crypto-based exchange-traded funds and private funds, decentralized finance, and innovative trading platforms.

  • Asset Management Roundtable - Focus on Recent and Emerging Regulatory Developments — Dechert LLP, Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2024)

Key Matters

  • Bakkt in its purchase of Apex Crypto, a turnkey platform for integrated crypto trading.
  • Several of the largest crypto trading platforms in the world on various regulatory matters.  
  • A large venture capital fund on various crypto OTC trading, custody, staking, and yield farming arrangements.
  • A large venture capital fund on various investments in start-up companies involved in the fintech space.
  • A large venture capital fund on custody and various other regulatory issues relating to crypto assets.
  • SEC and FINRA matters relating to the acquisition of multiple broker-dealers and alternative trading systems.
  • Various issuers on U.S. securities matters arising from the issuance of gaming, social media and other tokens and crypto assets.
  • A fintech company on structuring and establishing an embedded finance program.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

    • National Law School of India University, B.A., LL.B., 2003
    • University of Oxford, B.C.L., 2005
    • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2010
    • District of Columbia
    • New York