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Troy A. Paredes

Troy A. Paredes is the founder of Paredes Strategies LLC.

From 2008 to 2013, Troy was a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, having been appointed by President George W. Bush. Troy served as an SEC Commissioner during an especially historic time at the SEC and for our economy — namely, throughout the financial crisis and its aftermath.

Since leaving government, Troy has had a wide-ranging consulting practice, advising on financial regulation, compliance, risk management, corporate governance, investigations, and regulatory strategy.

Having been a law professor earlier in his career, Troy has researched and written extensively on financial regulation, corporate governance, innovation, behavioral economics, and administrative agencies, and is a co-author of a leading treatise on securities regulation.

Troy serves as an adviser and on the board of directors at various companies, including in the fintech space.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Berkeley and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.


Lee A. Schneider

Lee A. Schneider is General Counsel at, one of the world’s largest blockchain companies and creator of the EOSIO blockchain protocol.  In that role, Schneider is responsible for various aspects of the legal function as well as the company’s government affairs initiatives.

He joined Block.One after leading the blockchain, Fintech and broker-dealer practices at two major international firms.  Lee has been recognized as one of the leading voices in blockchain-related regulation and compliance and has played a role in structuring several of the largest and most successful blockchain-related projects.  He is the contributing editor of the Chambers and Partners 2019 Fintech Practice Guide.

Schneider holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan.  He is the father of two wonderful, exhausting teenage ladies and learns about Japanese art history from his wife.