Constance specializes in blockchain technologies and the heart of her work comprises navigating stakeholders – academic and research universities, startups, financial institutions, technology companies and governments – through evolving issues of first impression in technology policy and the complex regulatory and legal frameworks for distributed technologies in the information age. Her company, Seven Advisory (www.sevenadvisory.com), also supports diverse public and private clients in global regulations, licensing and compliance, government advocacy, and strategic market development for blockchain technologies. Alongside Primavera De Filippi, Constance is one of the principal drivers of global, collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiatives (www.blockchainworkshops.org and www.coala.global) and her ongoing work is intended to foster sound public policy to allow blockchain technologies to fulfill the great social and economic promise of its technical ingenuity.
Constance also co-founded and served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Kraken (www.kraken.com), where she helped transform a software development startup founded in 2011 into a globally respected financial institution during the public emergence of these technologies, pioneering one of the first bank-exchange partnerships in the blockchain ecosystem. In July 2013, she spearheaded the formation of DATA (www.datauthority.org), a coalition of technologists, entrepreneurs, legal scholars, and leading public and private institutions to address how governments can leverage decentralized technologies for public policy goals. In her role as Secretariat, she spent countless hours in 2013-2015 educating and engaging policymakers and regulatory bodies in US and Canada, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and South America, playing a key role in influencing innovation-friendly jurisdictions with regard to blockchain technologies, notably in the UK, Luxembourg and Japan. She directly fostered the development of DATA affiliate JADA (Japan Association of Digital Assets), the government sponsored self-regulatory organization based in Tokyo and authored some of the most comprehensive comments to New York DFS’ BitLicense rulemaking proposal.
Prior to these roles, she practiced at Kirkland & Ellis, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Perkins Coie, focusing on internet law, intellectual property litigation, startup counseling, privacy law, data security, and constitutional rights. During her tenure in private practice, Constance litigated precedent-setting cases at the intersection of the Internet and civil liberties, notably Google v. Viacom, the ATT anti-spying cases, and fundamental issues of software patentability that eventually reached the Supreme Court. Constance is a member of the California State Bar, holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and undergraduate degrees from Brown University and University of Cambridge. Leveraging her skills and experience for the blockchain ecosystem, Constance is passionate about the transformative potential of blockchain technologies, and its potential impact on our evolving social order.