(November 28, 2018, Chicago) — Steptoe & Johnson LLP is pleased to announce that Will Turner has joined the firm's Chicago office as a partner. Turner brings more than two decades of experience in corporate and securities law, primarily with application to cryptocurrency, fund formation, investment transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. He will reside in the firm's Corporate Group and also work in the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice.
Turner also handles matters involving capitalizations, project finance, restructurings and joint ventures. He is well-versed in securities offerings, '40 Act work and corporate governance matters. Additionally, Turner advises clients on distribution, sales, technology and financial services commercial agreements. Turner has represented a number of European companies and investors in their acquisitions, investments, commercial and regulatory matters in the United States. Turner has led numerous fund and joint venture formations.
"Will brings not only valuable general corporate experience, but also critical '40 Act investment fund experience, including in the cryptocurrency and crypto-asset space. Will adds important depth to our international corporate group, which stretches across the country and from Brussels to Beijing, as well as to our market leading Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice," said Steptoe Chair Phil West.
Turner said: "Steptoe is the perfect home for my practice. The firm's Corporate Group is sophisticated and has ready access to Steptoe's regulatory and compliance practices to address complex regulatory requirements increasingly associated with commercial and company transactions in the US. Steptoe also has a premier Blockchain and Cryptocurrency that can effectively represent the diverse commercial elements of an emerging technology."
Steptoe's Blockchain and Cryptocurrency practice helps clients develop and implement blockchain strategies and navigate the complex legal and regulatory environment surrounding cryptocurrencies and crypto-assets in the United States and across the globe. The group includes former high-ranking officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department, the CFTC, and the SEC with extensive knowledge in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology matters. In September 2018, The National Law Journal named practice leaders Jason Weinstein and Alan Cohn as "Trailblazers in Cryptocurrency, Blockchain & FinTech."
Steptoe corporate lawyers represent companies in all areas of corporate, securities, and finance transactions, particularly those in a cross-border context. They work with clients at every stage of the business cycle, from entity formation and early stage financing, to day-to-day advice on business and legal issues, to negotiating mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions, to complex financial and restructuring transactions.
Turner serves on the board of the Swiss American Business Council. He is also a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Turner earned his B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University, where he was the articles editor for the Law Review.
In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.