Bitfury Adds Former SEC Commissioner to Advisory Board

November 21, 2018
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The Bitfury Group, a crypto mining and software company, has recruited two veterans of the traditional financial world to guide its strategy and growth.

Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Antoine Dresch, founder of tech investment fund Korelya Capital (which led an $80 million funding round for Bitfury) and former executive at several major investment banks, will join Bitfury’s board of directors.

At the same time, Annette Nazareth, a former member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Bitfury’s advisory board.

“Antoine’s years of experience in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions will be valuable assets as Bitfury continues to grow,” said Bitfury’s CEO Valery Vavilov in a press release. “Annette will serve in a different capacity; as a trusted advisor, she will help guide and support Bitfury by offering her comprehensive knowledge on financial markets and regulation.”

Dresch had a long career in investment banking. Starting in 1997, he led Goldman Sachs’ telecoms, media and internet group as vice president, and later worked as a managing director for the media and tech divisions at UBS London and Morgan Stanley, where he oversaw major mergers and acquisitions and initial public offerings in Europe.

In 2012, Dresch started his own consulting firm DDMA Ltd., advising tech investors in Europe, and in 2016, he founded Korelya, a 200 million euro fund, with Fleur Pellerin. Korelya’s focus has been on European tech startups, including an investment in the crypto hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger.

On Bitfury’s board of directors, Dresch is joining Vavilov, George Kikvadze, Bob Dykes, and Bill Tai.

Regulatory expertise

Nazareth, an SEC commissioner from 2005 to 2008, has been a partner for ten years at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, where she is the head of the Washington, D.C., office and leads the Trading and Markets practice within the firm’s Financial Institutions Group, advising clients on regulatory issues.

On Bitfury’s advisory board,  she will oversee the company growth and provide expertise on financial markets and regulatory advancements.

“She is an experienced financial markets regulator and recognized authority on regulatory issues. As SEC commissioner, she worked on numerous groundbreaking initiatives, including execution quality disclosure rules, implementation of equities decimal pricing, short sale reforms, corporate debt transparency rules and modernization of the national market system,” Bitfury said.

The company met Nazareth through another advisory board member, Tomicah Tillemann, Bitfury’s communications associate, Kathleen Collins, told CoinDesk.

“We were lucky enough to have Annette attend and speak at our annual Blockchain Summit in Morocco this past summer, where she joined other regulatory and legislative experts to discuss how institutions can be re-imagined to take advantage of new technologies,” Collins said.

This fall was a busy time for Bitfury: apart from the $80 million funding, it released a new mining chip, the Bitfury Clarke, in September and presented a coffee machine capable of connecting to the Lightning Network, bitcoin’s second-layer protocol.

Bitfury image via Shutterstock

https://www.coindesk.com/bitfury-adds-former-sec-commissioner-to-advisory-board

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