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Barbara A. Jones

Barbara A. Jones is a member of the firm’s Global Securities practice group and serves as Co-Chair of the firm's interdisciplinary Blockchain & Cryptocurrency practice group. She is also co-coordinator of the firm’s interdisciplinary Conflict Minerals Compliance Initiative. Barbara maintains a diverse corporate and securities law practice across industry groups, emphasizing complex international and domestic transactions, including blockchain and cryptocurrency transactions, private and public financings (including token offerings), dual listings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic collaborations and joint ventures, and licensing transactions. Her practice includes serving as a trusted advisor to public and private company boards of directors on governance and complex regulatory reporting and compliance issues. Barbara's clients include financial institutions, private equity and venture capital groups, and companies in blockchain, life sciences and biotechnology, information technology, energy (traditional and renewable), mining, defense and security, telecommunications, media, entertainment and sports. Barbara is also active in the representation of Olympic athletes and sports-related organizations.

Barbara practiced U.S. law in London from 1990 through 2003, and headed the international capital markets practice of a major U.S. law firm 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 and strategic alternatives.


  • Blockchain/cryptocurrency
  • International corporate finance
  • Public and private offerings of equity and debt securities
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Stock exchange listings and compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • General corporate and transactional matters
  • Licensing and strategic collaborations


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers and Partners 2019 FinTech Guide, Notable Practitioner, 2019-2020
  • 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, The Legal 500 United States, Private Equity (PIPEs), 2007
  • Listed, Chambers USA, Corporate & M&A, 2005
  • Member, Board of Governors, Institute for Corporate Counsel, 2019-Present
  • Member, Global Fintech Advisory Board, Government of Bermuda, 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
  • Boston Chapter Executive Council, Ellevate
  • 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-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