Consulting Attorney, Fenwick & West LLP
Ryan Straus focuses his practice on providing strategic advice to companies on legal, policy and business issues relating to financial technology. Ryan has significant experience advising financial technology clients on a broad spectrum of regulatory issues and has long-standing relationships with state and federal financial regulators. As an attorney with a background in both technology and financial services, Ryan assists clients with payment and lending matters, including electronic payments, mobile payments, prepaid cards, virtual and digital currencies, consumer lending, and federal and state licensing. Ryan also assists banks with operational compliance issues, new product development, and regulatory matters.
Ryan is a recognized expert on non-bank providers of financial products and services and frequently counsels participants from both the public and private sectors regarding innovations in consumer finance. In addition to his law practice, Ryan is Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law and co-developed the Digital Commerce and Financial Technology curriculum for Seattle University’s new LLM in Innovation and Technology Law. Ryan is the author of Bloomberg BNA’s Emerging Payments portfolio, part of Bloomberg BNA’s Banking Practice Series, and co-author of the United States chapter of “The Law of Bitcoin.” Ryan is a frequent speaker on a wide range of consumer finance topics, including issues related to new product development, operational compliance, and Bitcoin and the Blockchain, and has been interviewed by, and written for, many national publications, including Forbes, Time, American Banker, Bloomberg Brief: Financial Regulation, Communications of the ACM, the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, and The Hill.