Michele Gitlitz

Partner Financial ServicesBlank Rome LLPConnectContact

I concentrate my practice in the area of securities law, representing corporations, investment companies, and hedge funds in corporate, regulatory, and litigation matters. I also counsel clients on the intersection of law, business, and technology, including issues related to distributive ledger technologies (blockchain), smart contracts, virtual currencies, and artificial intelligence. I am the co-chair of Blank Rome’s Blockchain Working Group. I advise clients on the following:

Investment Company Act/Investment Advisers Act: representing open-end, closed-end, Boards of Trustees, and business development companies with registration, regulation, and governance matters

Fund formation: creating and organizing private investment funds and hedge funds, including funds that invest in emerging digital technologies (blockchain) and virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin

Government investigations: representing companies, officers, and directors in connection with investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, FINRA, and other state and federal regulatory agencies arising out of possible violations of law

I frequently speak about blockchain technology, virtual currencies, and artificial intelligence at conferences and forums. I have participated in MIT’s Legal Forum for Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain and lectured at MIT's Computational Law Course.