Joshua Rivera is the General Counsel of Blockchain Capital. He joined the firm in June of 2018. Joshua is an expert in the legal and regulatory issues attending various aspects of the crypto industry including token protocols, DeFi, DAOs, NFTs and digital asset commodities and securities, and he has extensive experience analyzing the blockchain industry’s rapidly evolving regulatory landscape. Joshua works with the investment team in assessing salient legal questions pertinent to prospective and current portfolio companies and brings to bear his legal expertise and connections to help forecast the ongoing development of the industry. Joshua also serves as a director on the Board of the Blockchain Association, the industry’s leading regulatory trade association.
Before joining Blockchain Capital, Joshua worked as a senior associate at Cooley LLP where he was part of the firm’s cryptocurrency and blockchain practice counseling exchanges, investors and blockchain developers. While at Cooley, he also advised traditional venture capital firms, startup companies and investment banks on a broad array of business transactions, including private financings, public offerings and ongoing public company regulatory compliance.
Prior to Cooley, Joshua worked as an associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP where he advised companies and financial institutions on various commercial matters including capital markets offerings, credit financings, mergers and acquisitions, asset management transactions and real estate ventures.
Joshua received a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. of Business Administration, with a second major in Philosophy, with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. He is of the firm belief that there are no fun facts about lawyers.