Talos Adds Two; Joins Blockchain Association
Posted by Colin Lambert. Last updated: November 20, 2022
Digital assets technology provider Talos has strengthened its regulatory and compliance team with two hires and joined the Blockchain Association.
Josh Peschko joins as head of compliance and Alex Abedine as VP of regulatory. Peschko brings close to two decades of compliance experience to his new role at Talos, with a history managing investment and compliance teams spanning all aspects of the front office, including research, portfolio management and trading. Prior to Talos, he worked at AQR Capital Management, where he served in a variety of compliance-related roles, most recently as global head of trading and investment compliance. Before that, he served in a risk management monitoring and control position at JP Morgan.
Abedine most recently served as senior product counsel at Coinbase where he helped push forward crypto-native Web3 products including decentralised identity, Coinbase Card and Coinbase Pay. Before Coinbase, he served as lead product counsel at Meta Platforms, advising on Instagram’s NFT marketplace, the international expansion of Facebook Payments and the launch of the Novi digital wallet and Diem digital currency.
The firm says the hires solidifies its commitment to adhering to regulatory standards as institutional adoption of digital assets continues to grow.
The Blockchain Association is a crypto industry lobby group seeking to create a more secure, competitive and innovative marketplace. A member-led and driven group, the association selects members chosen for their commitment to responsibly building and investing in the next generation of digital services.
“The Blockchain Association, the unified voice of the crypto industry, is proud to welcome Talos as its newest member,” says Kristin Smith, executive director of the association. “By laying the groundwork for institutional adoption, Talos is helping to usher in the next phase of crypto’s expansion into financial services. Talos will play an integral role in our education and advocacy efforts with policymakers and regulators in Washington.”
Speaking of the firm’s membership and the new hires, Anton Katz, co-founder and CEO of Talos, says it is part of Talos’ efforts to increase its regulatory presence and efforts.
“Josh and Alex’s appointments represent a key milestone as we continue to build a world-class compliance and regulatory team capable of fostering relationships with regulators in multiple jurisdictions,” he adds. “The Blockchain Association gives the community an amplified voice to create meaningful change, and we are proud to join its esteemed membership ranks.”