Marco Santori is the chief legal officer of the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken and the former president and chief legal officer of Blockchain, a company which offers a variety of crypto services including an exchange, wallets (both online and hardware), a bitcoin block explorer, and market information for various cryptocurrencies. Santori was also one of the first lawyers to represent blockchain and cryptocurrency companies.
Santori began practicing law in 2008 upon graduation from Notre Dame. In 2016, he notably became partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in New York, and later that year, he left for a partner position at Cooley LLP. Santori left Cooley in 2018 to join Blockchain, which is funded by Digital Currency Group, Mosaic Ventures, Virgin, Google Ventures and others. (Disclosure: DCG owns CoinDesk.) In early 2020, he left Blockchain to join Kraken.
Santori has been a member of the Bitcoin Foundation since 2013 and has held the role of chairman of the Regulatory Affairs Committee. He also represented the foundation in the New York State Department of Financial Services’ BitLicense hearings in 2013. Additionally, Santori has helped create blockchain-related legislation in Delaware. He proposed the Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT) framework which was intended to help token sellers navigate securities laws.