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Sarah H. Brennan

Counsel
  • Buffalo
  • 716.844.3772
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Sarah has a broad range of experience in corporate and transactional matters. She focuses primarily on corporate and securities law, representing public and private companies, venture capital and private equity firms and investors, as well as clients in every stage of the corporate life cycle.

Sarah regularly advises companies on SEC reporting, capital raising activities, a wide range of corporate transactions, corporate governance and compliance issues, and other general corporate and securities matters.

Over the past several years, Sarah has developed a particular interest in her practice on securities and regulatory issues in the blockchain and fintech space. She has advised on a broad spectrum of projects in the space, participated in cryptocurrency industry panels, attended numerous conferences, and published thought leadership articles.

Prior to moving to Western New York, Sarah worked in New York City at a large international law firm and in Washington D.C. and Latin America for a global microfinance institution’s Office of the General Counsel, concentrating on domestic and cross-border banking, corporate finance, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • President and Executive Committee Member, Women’s Business Center Advisory Board
  • Member, Blockchain Buffalo

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2015-2019
  • Empire State Counsel, 2011
  • Articles Editor, University of North Carolina Law Review

NEWS

  • Interviewed, "Facebook’s digital currency could trigger new D.C./battles," Politico, June 2019
  • Featured, "Unlocking the Potential of Blockchain," BizTalk in The Buffalo News, April 2018
  • Interviewed, "Is Blockchain the future or simply ‘witchcraft’?" Buffalo Law Journal, January 2018

PUBLICATIONS

  • "NY OAG Tries Its Hand at Crypto Regulation: Expert Take," Cointelegraph, May 28, 2018
  • "Contortions for Compliance: Life Under New York’s BitLicense," CoinDesk, January 2018
  • "Recent Developments in Digital Currency Regulation," FinTech Weekly, September 2017

PRESENTATIONS

  • Panelist, Techstars Startup Week, “The ABCD of Blockchain”, September 2019
  • Panelist, JP Morgan Blockchain Event, November 2018
  • Panelist, "Blockchain for Supply Chain" sponsored by the World Trade Center, November 2018
  • Presenter, "Blockchain Meets VC" at the Blockchain BlockTable conference, November 2018
  • Presenter, "Considerations in Forming Legal Entities," WBC Launch Program, November 2018
  • Judge, "BUS-X: Business in Action 2018," Canisius College, November 2018
  • Presenter, "Blockchain 101 and Technical Infrastructure Talk," Infraguard Annual Meeting, September 2018
  • Panelist and Organizer, "Crypto Capital Markets 101," May 2018
  • Panelist, "Blockchain 101," May 2018
  • Panelist, "The Future of Cryptocurrency: Landscape of Regulation," CUNY School of Law, April 2018

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • The George Washington University, B.A., cum laude, departmental honors
HSE Law
309
Sarah H. Brennan
Counsel
sbrennan@hselaw.com
tel: 716.844.3772
fax: 716.853.1617

Sarah has a broad range of experience in corporate and transactional matters. She focuses primarily on corporate and securities law, representing public and private companies, venture capital and private equity firms and investors, as well as clients in every stage of the corporate life cycle.

Sarah regularly advises companies on SEC reporting, capital raising activities, a wide range of corporate transactions, corporate governance and compliance issues, and other general corporate and securities matters.

Over the past several years, Sarah has developed a particular interest in her practice on securities and regulatory issues in the blockchain and fintech space. She has advised on a broad spectrum of projects in the space, participated in cryptocurrency industry panels, attended numerous conferences, and published thought leadership articles.

Prior to moving to Western New York, Sarah worked in New York City at a large international law firm and in Washington D.C. and Latin America for a global microfinance institution’s Office of the General Counsel, concentrating on domestic and cross-border banking, corporate finance, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • President and Executive Committee Member, Women’s Business Center Advisory Board
  • Member, Blockchain Buffalo

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2015-2019
  • Empire State Counsel, 2011
  • Articles Editor, University of North Carolina Law Review

Publications

  • "NY OAG Tries Its Hand at Crypto Regulation: Expert Take," Cointelegraph, May 28, 2018
  • "Contortions for Compliance: Life Under New York’s BitLicense," CoinDesk, January 2018
  • "Recent Developments in Digital Currency Regulation," FinTech Weekly, September 2017

News

  • Interviewed, "Facebook’s digital currency could trigger new D.C./battles," Politico, June 2019
  • Featured, "Unlocking the Potential of Blockchain," BizTalk in The Buffalo News, April 2018
  • Interviewed, "Is Blockchain the future or simply ‘witchcraft’?" Buffalo Law Journal, January 2018

Presentations

  • Panelist, Techstars Startup Week, “The ABCD of Blockchain”, September 2019
  • Panelist, JP Morgan Blockchain Event, November 2018
  • Panelist, "Blockchain for Supply Chain" sponsored by the World Trade Center, November 2018
  • Presenter, "Blockchain Meets VC" at the Blockchain BlockTable conference, November 2018
  • Presenter, "Considerations in Forming Legal Entities," WBC Launch Program, November 2018
  • Judge, "BUS-X: Business in Action 2018," Canisius College, November 2018
  • Presenter, "Blockchain 101 and Technical Infrastructure Talk," Infraguard Annual Meeting, September 2018
  • Panelist and Organizer, "Crypto Capital Markets 101," May 2018
  • Panelist, "Blockchain 101," May 2018
  • Panelist, "The Future of Cryptocurrency: Landscape of Regulation," CUNY School of Law, April 2018

Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • The George Washington University, B.A., cum laude, departmental honors

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