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Jeffrey Bandman

Jeffrey Bandman

Lecturer in Global Affairs Yale University


Jeff Bandman is Founder and Principal of Bandman Advisors, an advisory practice helping clients meet strategic innovation and regulatory challenges. Bandman Advisors bridges the gap between business and regulation.

Mr. Bandman is the co-founder of the Global Digital Finance Initiative ( to establish an industry-driven global code of conduct and taxonomy for crypto assets. Jeff is on the Board of Advisors of Templum Inc. and iComply Investor Services, and a member of the RegTech Council.

At Yale, he is a Lecturer in Global Affairs on Cryptoassets, Blockchain and Public Policy teaching a senior Capstone seminar in the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Mr. Bandman was a senior official at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2014-2017. As FinTech Advisor to Chairman Giancarlo, he was Founding Director and architect of LabCFTC, the CFTC's hub for engagement with FinTech innovation. He established and chaired the CFTC blockchain, virtual currency and FinTech working group from inception. Mr. Bandman led FinTech and RegTech coordination with domestic and international regulators. He joined the CFTC as Special Counsel to Chairman Timothy G. Massad, then led the CFTC’s Office of International Affairs. He led the CFTC's Division of Clearing and Risk, which oversees many of the world’s largest clearinghouses. He led negotiations resulting in “Clearinghouse Equivalence” with the European Commission.

Mr. Bandman worked for many years in the financial industry in New York and London as an attorney and business executive. He led a variety of market structure initiatives and rebuilt Cantor Fitzgerald’s market data business after the events of September 11, 2001.

Mr. Bandman graduated from Yale magna cum laude, with honors in History and English, and from StanfordLaw School with honors as a member of the “Order of the Coif”. He is a five-time Jeopardy! Champion, and spent his winnings backpacking.

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