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Barbara A. Jones is Co-Managing Shareholder of the firm’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Global Corporate practice. Barbara serves as Chair of the firm's interdisciplinary Blockchain & Digital Assets practice. Barbara maintains a diverse corporate and securities law practice across industry groups, emphasizing complex international and domestic transactions, including private and public financings, dual listings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic collaborations and joint ventures, and licensing transactions. She serves as a trusted advisor to public and private company boards of directors on governance matters and complex regulatory reporting and compliance issues. Barbara's clients include financial institutions, private equity and venture capital groups, and public and private companies in emerging technology, life sciences and biotechnology, defense and security, blockchain and digital assets, telecommunications, information technology, energy (traditional and renewable), mining, media, entertainment and sports. Barbara also represents Olympic and professional athletes and sports-related organizations.

Barbara practiced U.S. law in London from 1990 through 1997 with Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, and headed the international capital markets practice of Kirkland & Ellis LLP from 1999 to 2003 before relocating to Boston. From 1997 to 1999, she served as Vice-President, Assistant General Counsel and Regional Counsel for capital markets with J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd. in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since returning to the U.S., she has continued to actively represent public and private companies, private equity groups and investment banks in the European, Scandinavian, African and greater Asian markets, including China.

Barbara is a past chair of the ABA’s Subcommittee on International Securities Matters. She is a frequent speaker at conferences relating to cross-border securities matters, strategic alternatives, and digital asset structures. She serves on the Government of Bermuda’s Global FinTech Advisory Board.


  • International corporate finance
  • Public and private offerings of equity and debt securities
  • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Stock exchange listings and compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • General corporate and transactional matters
  • Licensing and strategic collaborations
  • Blockchain and digital assets
  • COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Task Force


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Los Angeles Business Journal, "Woman of Influence," 2021 
  • Listed, Chambers and Partners FinTech Guide, 2019-2021 and 2024
    • Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies, 2024
    •  Notable Practitioner, 2019-2021
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States
    • M&A/Corporate and Commercial - Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, 2021-2022         
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms - Fintech, 2020-2023         
    • Private Equity (PIPEs), 2007
  • Listed, Law360, "MVP - Fintech," 2020
  • Listed, The National Law Journal, "Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and FinTech Trailblazers," 2018
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2011-2018
    • "Massachusetts Women's Edition," 2015-2018
  • Listed, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Top Women of Law, 2015
  • Recipient, "Distinguished Alumna" Award, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2009 
  • Listed, Chambers USA, Corporate & M&A, 2005
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2020-present
  • Member, Board of Governors, Institute for Corporate Counsel, 2019-present
  • Member, Global Fintech Advisory Board, Government of Bermuda, 2019-present
  • Member, Board of Governors, Institute for Corporate Counsel, 2019-present
  • Member, Editorial Working Group, International M&A Due Diligence Project, American Bar Association, 2019
  • Member, Planning Committee, ABA Section on International Law, 2020 Annual Conference (Los Angeles), 2019-2020
  • Board Member, Pepperdine University School of Law, Board of Visitors, 1996-2018
    • Co-chair, The Campaign for Pepperdine
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1989-present
    • Member, Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, Subcommittee on International Securities Matters, 2005-present
      • Chair, 2008-2011
      • Vice-Chair, 2005-2008
  • Member, California Bar Association, 1989-present
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2017-present
  • Member, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, 2017-present
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2004-present
  • Member, Boston Bar Association, 2004-present
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, 2004-present
    • Member, Women’s Leadership Initiative Task Force
  • Massachusetts Women’s Bar Foundation, Family Law Project for Battered Women
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Contributing Editor, California Corporate Practice and Forms Manual, 2013 edition, editing the chapter on compliance with the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
  • Contributing Editor, Treatise on Securities Law: Public and Private Offerings, 2015 edition, to be published by Thomson Reuters/Westlaw
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth, Boston and Los Angeles Chapters
  • Member, Board of Directors, Concussion Legacy Foundation (fka Sports Legacy Institute), 2010-2015; 2016-present
    • Chair, 2014
  • Member, Global Women in Blockchain, 2018-present
  • Judge and Mentor, MassChallenge, Inc., 2011
  • Member, Board of Directors and Secretary, Cambridge Boat Club, 2015-2017
  • Member, Board of Directors, Head of the Charles Regatta, 2021-present
  • Licensed Referee, US Rowing, 2014-present


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Pepperdine University School of Law
    • Editor-in-Chief, Pepperdine Law Review
  • B.A., with honors, Michigan State University
  • Massachusetts
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • French, Fluent
  • Spanish
  • Italian