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In its second lateral hiring coup this week, Cooley is adding digital currency experts Marco Santori and Patrick Murck from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. New York-based Santori headed Pillsbury’s digital currency and blockchain technology focus team and will now help lead Cooley’s global fintech practice.

Patrick Murck.

Murck, the former executive director and general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation, will join the firm next week in its Boston office as special counsel.

The hires are just the latest in a string of recent talent grabs by Cooley. On Wednesday the Silicon Valley-based firm announced that it had hired Robert McDowell, a former commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, to co-lead its global communications practice. McDowell was previously a partner at Wiley Rein. In July, the firm brought in an 11-lawyer patent team from Morrison & Foerster and added Pillsbury trademark practice leader Bobby Ghajar. Earlier, it boosted its digital currency team in New York by hiring Andy Roth, Dentons’ former privacy and cybersecurity practice head.

“Cooley is a terrific fit for me,” said Santori. “My practice is working with innovators pushing the envelope. That’s not only Cooley’s reputation but their skill set.” He noted that Cooley’s existing fintech expertise focuses mainly on privacy and security, and this move will expand the firm’s capabilities.

“Marco’s experience and leadership in the fintech industry is unparalleled,” said Mike Lincoln, the chairman of Cooley’s business department, in a statement. “Together with Patrick, and with the recent arrival of Andy Roth, Cooley delivers a unique and powerfully positioned resource for the global fintech community as it navigates the complex regulatory issues related to using innovative technologies in the financial sector.”

Marco Santori of Cooley.

Santori is chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation Regulatory Affairs Committee. He also represents Blockchain, which makes an encrypted system that allow users to share an infrastructure to store financial data, and Symbiont, which is working with the state of Delaware on financial technology for transferring corporate securities.

Both Santori and Murck had only briefly been at Pillsbury. Santori joined two years ago from New York’s Nesenoff Miltenberg. Murck joined the firm in January of this year from the Bitcoin Foundation.

Pillsbury didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the departures.

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