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Houman B. Shadab

Houman B. Shadab

New York Law School
New York, NY, USA

Houman B. Shadab is a prolific and influential expert at the intersection of law, business, and technology. His research focuses on financial technology, smart contracts, hedge funds, derivatives, commercial transactions, and blockchains. Professor Shadab is also a cofounder of the venture-backed contract tech startup Clause and a director of the open source legal tech initiative, the Accord Project. He often advises companies and financial institutions on issues relating to compliance, litigation, and operations, and serves on the advisory board of several tech startups.

Professor Shadab has testified before the federal government several times, including before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Bitcoin derivatives and before Congress on hedge funds at a hearing that included George Soros and other leading figures from the hedge fund industry. He is often invited to speak at high-level swiftacademic and practitioner events, including for The Economist, Stanford’s Future Law conference, Consensus 2015, the SWIFT Business Forum, and the New York State Bar Association annual meeting.

Professor Shadab is the author of numerous academic articles published in journals such as the New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy and the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance. In 2015, he was a recpient of the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award for his article on asset-based lending. Professor Shadab has also written chapters in books published by Oxford University Press and Wiley Finance.

Governmental authorities worldwide have cited Professor Shadab’s research, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Delaware Court of Chancery, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel, and the European Parliament. He regularly shares his insights on his blog, Lawbitrage.

studentsProfessor Shadab has been quoted in numerous media publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on Bloomberg Television. He is a Fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Coin Center and is also a member of the New York and California bars. Prior to entering academia, Professor Shadab practiced law with Ropes & Gray in New York City and Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.


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