California-founded Am Law 200 firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips is bringing on a crypto-focused financial services partner from an in-house role at a venture capital firm.

Michael Katz headed the legal department of crypto venture capital company Digital Currency Group prior to joining Manatt. Before his in-house experience, Katz also worked in venture capital-related roles at Cooley and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Because Manatt’s business model centers around offering clients both lawyers and consultants, Katz found Manatt to be the right place to expand his practice.