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Jai R. Massari


Advises on the requirements, impact and implementation of financial regulation, including for digital assets and cryptocurrency.

Jai is a member of our Financial Institutions and Fintech practices. Major global banks, asset managers and corporations look to Jai for advice on the requirements, impact and implementation of financial regulation. In the area of digital assets and cryptocurrency, she advises financial institutions, fintech firms, tech companies and startups on a wide range of legal and regulatory considerations.

Individual firms and industry organizations work with Jai in connection with advocacy efforts on legislative and regulatory proposals.

Jai’s work in financial regulation and fintech has been recognized by Chambers, Law360, Euromoney, Global Banking Regulation Review and IFLR1000. A source quoted by Chambers says she “has a unique ability to decompose complex problems and develop elegant solutions” amid varying regulatory frameworks.

Jai serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and has been a visiting lecturer at Berkeley Law School since 2017.

Experience highlights

Jai has been active in providing regulatory advice to:

  • Financial institutions, asset managers, and trading platforms on derivatives regulations and the Volcker Rule
  • Cryptocurrency firms, financial institutions and asset managers on the full range of regulatory requirements for digital asset and cryptocurrency activities, including securities and derivatives, banking, money services, cryptocurrency specific laws (like the Bitlicense) and financial crimes considerations
  • Global stablecoin arrangements and their participants on financial regulatory and transactional matters
  • A wide range of clients on regulatory considerations for fintech and cryptocurrency product structures and transactional matters, including capital markets and M&A
  • Trade organizations and individual clients on legislative and regulatory advocacy on financial regulation, fintech and cryptocurrency topics
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Law360 – “Fintech MVP of the Year,” 2021

Euromoney Women in Business Law Americas Awards – “Financial Regulation Lawyer of the Year,” 2021

Chambers FinTech –  FinTech Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies, USA, Band 1

Chambers USA – Financial Services Regulation: Broker Dealer (Compliance)

Chambers USA – Derivatives

Global Banking Regulation Review – "45 Under 45," 2020

IFLR1000 – Financial Services Regulatory, United States, Highly Regarded

J.D., Duke University School of Law
  • cum laude
  • Executive Editor, Law & Contemporary Problems
B.A., Chemistry, Cornell University
Professional history
  • Partner, 2017-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2011-2017
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher, 2007-2011
Qualifications and admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • State of California
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