Pamela A. Fuller, Esq.
Pamela A. Fuller is a corporate and international tax attorney, with over two decades of experience. She advises a wide range of clients–including private and public companies, joint ventures, private equity and hedge funds, C-Suite executives, private U.S and foreign individual clients, and government entities–on transactional, investment, and supply-chain strategies to achieve optimal tax and business results.
Pamela provides sophisticated tax planning services across most industry sectors, including financial services, real estate development, healthcare, pharmaceutical, construction & engineering, infrastructure, oil & energy, retail, and myriad software and emerging digital technologies and services, including those related to crypto currency, tokenization, innovative blockchain applications and solutions, and all aspects of U.S. and foreign tax planning for digitized transactions and assets.
Pamela is also a seasoned taxpayer advocate, with years of experience resolving complex U.S. federal, state, and foreign tax controversies. She is skilled at defending taxpayers before the U.S. Internal Revenue Service at the exam, audit, and administrative appeals levels. If going to court is advantageous, Pamela provides effective and skillful tax counsel.
Pamela is Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tax Section’s Tax Policy Committee, and also Co-Chair of the International Tax Committee of the ABA’s International Law Section, with global membership. She frequently speaks at law conferences, and publishes papers on international tax topics in peer-reviewed law journals. She serves on several steering committees and boards, including TaxLaw 360’s International Tax Advisory Board; the New York State Bar’s “Global Law Week”; and the International Fiscal Association’s prospective New York Congress. Pamela is a founding member of the New York City Bar’s “Taskforce on the Independence of Lawyers and Judges” and a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Tax Counsel. In 2019, Pamela was recognized as one of 100 Influential Women in International Tax Law.
Pamela began her legal career at the U.S. Tax Court, serving three consecutive 2-year terms as an Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Tax Court’s Chief Judge, handling large “tax shelter” cases and transfer pricing disputes, amongst other issues. Pamela holds an LL.M. in Tax Law from New York University School of Law, where she served as Graduate Editor of NYU’s international law review, and completed post-LL.M. studies in international business and comparative securities law; a J.D. from Seattle University; and a B.A. from the University of Washington. Pamela is admitted to practice law in several U.S. state jurisdictions and multiple federal courts, including the U.S. Tax Court.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Pamela worked as a business news reporter and anchor for a highly regarded NBC News affiliate in Seattle, covering international and emerging tech businesses, and geo-political developments. In this capacity, Pamela had the opportunity to conduct in-depth interviews with the founders and executives of some of the world’s most innovative and successful companies.
Bari Zahn has nearly 20 years of experience practicing at global law firms in New York. Bari has represented a broad array of multinational clients on U.S. and cross-border transactions. She has supervised legal teams worldwide and has extensive management experience as the Founder, former CEO and General Counsel of a non-profit organization.
Bari’s expertise is in the field of tax – both international and stateside. She advises international investors, entrepreneurs, global families, and high-net-worth individuals and their family offices with tax planning, structuring and also with respect to business succession and life planning; this work includes a robust LGBT private client practice.
She helps large corporations, mid-size businesses and private clients with real estate transactions, deftly navigating the complex and sophisticated national and cross-border tax regulations. Bari also has a thriving cryptocurrency specialty, working with clients in tax planning for cryptocurrency transactions, including asset tokenization and NFT offerings for art, music and many other collectibles.
Bari worked at a number of “Big Law” firms. From 2009 through 2014, while at the law firm of Kaye Scholer, Bari counseled privately and publicly held companies, real estate funds and family offices, joint ventures, hedge funds, private equity shops, venture capitalists and pension funds on a broad spectrum of U.S. and cross-border transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions, tax-free mergers, recapitalizations and similar corporate reorganizations.
Bari has also advised state and federal instrumentalities, as well as other non-U.S. multinationals, governmental entities and sovereign wealth funds on the acquisition and disposition of U.S. real properties via REITs, U.S. Real Property Holding Companies and other similar tax-efficient real estate structures.
While at her former firms, including her time spent at Shearman and Sterling, Bari’s practice focused on both tax transaction and tax controversy matters, including the representation of clients before the IRS and the New York Taxing Authorities.
Bari also represented CEOs, COOs and other C-Suite executives on general corporate, employment, tax and other business-related matters, often acting as outside general counsel to many such clients.
Bari earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1995. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1988 and completed a semester abroad at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland.
- “Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements,” Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, February 2009
- “Canadian Companies—Act Now to Ensure Deferred Compensation Arrangements Comply with U.S. Tax Laws Under Section 409A,” Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, vol. 19, no. 6, Federated Press, Toronto, September/October 2008
- “Corporate Governance: American Jobs Creation Act,” Lexpert, April 1, 2005
- “The Potential Effect of the American Jobs Creation Act,” co-authored with Christina Medland, Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, Federated Press, Toronto, December/January 2005
- SmartCEO’s Brava Award, 2015, celebrating top female CEOs who have both entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for giving back to their community.
- Brooklyn Law School, 2014 LGBT Community Activism Award
- New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel, Pro Bono Award
- New York City Council Proclamation: For Outstanding Community Service, as Founder of Living Beyond Belief HIV/AIDS Youth Education Non-profit
- Honored NY1 News New Yorker of the Week for AIDS awareness work among teens in the city, interviewed – June 24, 2005
Steve contributes extensive business and problem-solving experience to challenges that may require litigation – or may help avoid it. Indeed, his perspective on litigation is influenced by his experience as a three-time internet start-up CEO.
Steve served on Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign and transition team, and co-chaired the Clinton White House literacy task force Prescription for Reading Partnership.
- He negotiated the first joint venture between Time Inc. and IBM for an educational software product.
- As CEO of a tech-based healthcare start-up, he led the company to a successful acquisition by GE.
- As CEO of an internet media company, he successfully established licensing arrangements with Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth Medical School, and key hospitals.
Steve is also a best-selling, award-winning author and contributes regularly to influential publications. He is only the second person to have Op-Eds published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal on the same day. Three of his seven books have been best-sellers. As a litigator, Steve believes that telling a clear, compelling story – to the judge, to the jury, and sometimes to a larger audience – is essential.
For his legal work on behalf of active duty members of the armed services, Steve was awarded the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Services Award for the Military Pro Bono Project. He has advised the Chief of Naval Operations, and was one of the first non-Admirals or Marine Generals to serve on the Board of Directors of the United States Naval Institute.
Adam is one of the nation’s leading young whistleblower lawyers. He brings with him a special ability not just to litigate, but to investigate – and understand – complex organizations and transactions. His extensive familiarity with tech issues is built on a computer science degree and work as a software engineer at various startups and in Silicon Valley. He is widely admired as a “pit bull with an Ivy League mind” – a fearsome combination for a litigator.
Until 2017, Adam served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York Office of the Attorney General. While in government, Adam handled a wide range of civil and criminal matters, focusing especially on investigating and litigating qui tam complaints and using the False Claims Act to recover in cases in which the State had been defrauded. Adam drove all aspects of enforcement and prosecution, including investigating, taking testimony, and representing the State in court.
Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Adam was an attorney at the criminal and civil litigation boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. He represented individuals throughout the United States and from various countries in state and federal criminal cases, including healthcare fraud, tax, and antitrust prosecutions. And because New York is home to disputes touching on every aspect of the global business world, Adam also represented individuals and corporations at all stages of civil litigation, from complaint through trial, in diverse areas of the law including common law fraud and consumer protection. Adam was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for litigation.
Adam attended the University of Michigan, where he studied computer science, and spent a year at Tel Aviv University, taking courses in middle eastern politics. After a stint working on cloud computing in Silicon Valley, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Levy Scholar in Law and Public Governance. He graduated from Penn cum laude, clerked for Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in the Southern District of New York, and then spent six months at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Max Dilendorf’s practice is focused primarily on digital assets, cryptocurrency, and technologies that drive blockchain and related distributive computing networks. An early adopter of virtual currency and associated legal, financial, and business implications, Max is considered the go-to expert for anything crypto-related. His areas of specialty include tokenization of assets, setting up cryptocurrency exchanges, NFT art, and music offerings as well as structuring domestic and international real estate transactions using cryptocurrencies.
Max has more than 15 years of combined experience as a transactional attorney, business consultant, commercial litigator, and entrepreneur.
He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia over the past five years, where he was tapped as a speaker and panelist at many conferences related to the regulation of digital assets in the US, asset tokenization, tax and corporate considerations for both individuals and corporate clients doing business in the US, tax planning for inbound investments in U.S. real estate and private equity deal flow as well as domestic and offshore asset protection for UHNW individuals.
Having gained valuable experience in all aspects of crypto assets, Max is also a top forensic Bitcoin and crypto expert witness. His expertise has also made him one of the top cryptocurrency consultants for Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Berkshire Hathaway, and HSBC.
One of the key areas of Max’s practice is helping clients with money transmittal licenses and ensuring compliance with state MSB licensing and FinCen requirements. His full-service approach also includes the development of anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) policies, designing strategy, and dealing with state and federal regulators, Max helps clients with obtaining federal and state money transmittal licenses (MTLs) in all 50 states, as well as national charter licenses for crypto operators and digital banks.
Max’s experience with fund formation and crypto assets makes him a trusted advisor for cryptocurrency fund sponsors on all aspects of the fundraising lifecycle, from fund formation to regulatory compliance. His services within this area also include the preparation of offering documents for new private cryptocurrency funds, limited partnership agreements and subscription agreements, global regulatory consulting, and the structuring of funds to meet the sponsor’s objectives.
As a trusted advisor for high-growth businesses, startups, multinational families, and foreign governments, Max brings a wealth of business and financial expertise into his cryptocurrency practice. His areas of expertise include helping emerging and preeminent cryptocurrency projects gain and maintain compliance with U.S. securities laws, resolving disputes between customers and cryptocurrency exchanges, assisting peer-to-peer traders and exchanges in complying with state money transmitter laws and the Bank Secrecy Act, and guiding a variety of other businesses in compliance matters as they interact with one another in the crypto space.
Max advises clients on the latest regulatory developments from the SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other government agencies regarding cryptocurrencies and tokenization. He regularly assists companies considering initial coin offerings in determining whether their tokens are considered securities under relevant federal and state laws and advises on AML and KYC issues and other compliance issues faced by money services businesses.
Max provides strategic, transactional, and regulatory advice to a wide range of established and emerging participants in the FinTech space, and regularly represents token issuers, cryptocurrency exchanges, traditional and crypto investment funds, as well as family offices and managers wishing to cross over to the blockchain sector.
In addition to specializing in crypto-related matters, Max handles all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, development, and leasing of real estate in New York. He represents foreign individuals and family offices in connection with investments in US-based real estate, funds, and private equity. Known as a highly-skilled negotiator and aggressive litigator, Max handles various real estate litigation matters.
Max regularly assists international and domestic entrepreneurs, businesses, venture investors, and startups at all stages of raising capital in the US.
Invited speaker at government and private institutions such IBM, HSBC, Berkshire Hathaway, NYU, the Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission, the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research Center.
Max was named to Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Area “Rising Star” in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in Real Estate and Technology Transactions sectors.
- Hong Kong, HK. C-Block Capital. Presentation: “Structuring Cross-Border Real Estate Transactions Using Cryptocurrency.”
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Asia Blockchain Review and Infinity Blockchain Ventures. Workshop. “Digital Securities (aka Security Tokens). How to launch STO in the US and issues to consider.” April 1, 2019.
- New York. IBM Blockchain Ventures. Workshop: “Double Header: Security Token v. Utility Token; Jurisdiction Selection.”
- New York. New York University. Panel Discussion: “Blockchain and Digital Securities Regulations in US and Abroad.”
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre. Presentation: “Framework for Launching Digital Securities in the US and Global Modernization of Capital Markets.”
- New York. Joint webinar with Securitize: “Real Estate Tokenization.”
- New York. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Presentation: “Structuring Foreign Investment in New York Real Estate Using Bitcoin”.
- Connecticut. CCIM’s Annual Golf Symposium. Panel Discussion: “Blockchain in Commercial Real Estate. The Future is Here.”
- Moscow, Russia. Blockchain Week Conference. Presentation: “How to Launch Compliant Digital Securities in the US.
- Hangzhou, China. Bitrise Capital. Masterclass: “Issuance and Sale of Digital Securities in the US.”
- Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Topic: “Structuring Digital Security Offerings in the United
- New York. National Financial Network. Joint presentation with Popular Bank. “Structuring Real Estate Transactions Using Digital Assets.”
- New York. HSBC. Presentation: “Foreign Investments in US Real Estate and Use of Digital Assets.”
- New York. Joint Webinar with OpenFinance, Harbor and Diginex. “Slicing through the Hype Around Tokenized Securities.”
- New York. Synergy Global Forum, Executive MBA Program. Presentation: “Regulation of Digital Assets in the US.
- New York. Peltz International. Panel Discussion: “Real Estate Opportunity Funds.”
- New York. Joint Webinar with tZero and Polymath. “Security Token Framework: Interoperability Through Standards?”
- New York. Joint Webinar with OpenFinance and Securitize. “STO/DSO: from Planning to Secondary Trading.”
- New York. NYC Blockchain Center. Workshop: “Real Estate Tokenization.”
- New York. Blockchain Society Executives-Only NYC Conference. Panel Discussion: “Security Tokens v. Utility Tokens.”New York. US-China Real Estate Forum. Panel Discussion: “Tokenization of Real Estate.”
- Moscow, Russia. World Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Summit. Panel Discussion: “Regulations of Cryptocurrency in the US an Abroad.”