Bill Hughes is senior counsel and director of global regulatory matters for ConsenSys Software, the leading Ethereum blockchain software company. Bill focuses on the diverse and ever evolving crypto regulatory landscape and the legal, regulatory, and public policy issues with which ConsenSys and the broader crypto ecosystem are grappling, including unhosted crypto wallets, decentralized finance, and peer-to-peer transactions.
Bill joined ConsenSys after serving as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, where he managed, among other things, the Department’s work on prospective regulations, legislative proposals, and policies across a broad spectrum of legal and operational issues impacting the Civil, Antitrust, Tax, and Environment & Natural Resources Divisions. He worked closely with the White House and other federal agencies on regulatory and policy initiatives and coordinated DOJ’s law enforcement response to COVID-19-related fraud and money laundering. Bill also has served at the White House, where he oversaw various operational components, working closely with the US Secret Service and White House Military Office. Bill began his career by clerking for a federal judge in New York and litigating with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
Bill received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and his BA from Vanderbilt University.