People: John D. Shire, Partner

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John D. Shire

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5389
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John Shire is a partner in the Corporate Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington D.C. office where he serves both as Chair of the Impact Investment Practice and as Co-Chair of the firm’s Blockchain Technologies Team. Mr. Shire is a corporate and transactional attorney who represents public and private companies in buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial contracts, private capital transactions and impact investments. Mr. Shire serves as outside general counsel to a variety of entities at the leading edge of innovation in the health care, energy, financial services and technology industries, including blockchain technology.  Mr. Shire has unique experience representing private funds in blockchain transactions and compliance matters, cryptocurrency trading and securities compliance, and technology companies in all phases of private and public offering blockchain token technology.  He also represents clients before federal and state agencies and licensing authorities in connection with compliance matters. He is renowned by clients for his accuracy, efficiency and out-of- the-box thinking in corporate transactions, formation, organization, equity and regulatory matters.

Mr. Shire is the co-founder and chairman of The Impact Investment Forum, which is a member-based not-for-profit association of business leaders, industry experts, and thought leaders. The Forum was a lead sponsor of SkyTop Strategies Impact Investing Conference, and Mr. Shire moderated two panels around renewable energy and how to reframe impact investing with leaders in the industry including high level executives from Tideline and StarCore Nuclear. The Forum was recently announced to the public at an inaugural meeting, and Mr. Shire introduced the association's first initiative: water solutions. For more information on The Impact Investment Forum, please visit: https://www.theimpactinvestmentforum.com.

Mr. Shire currently serves as a guest contributor to Arlington Healthcare Group on health law-related matters.

John Shire is a partner in the Corporate Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington D.C. office where he serves both as Chair of the Impact Investment Practice and as Co-Chair of the firm’s Blockchain Technologies Team. Mr. Shire is a corporate and transactional attorney who represents public and private companies in buy-side and sell-side mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial contracts, private capital transactions and impact investments. Mr. Shire serves as outside general counsel to a variety of entities at the leading edge of innovation in the health care, energy, financial services and technology industries, including blockchain technology.  Mr. Shire has unique experience representing private funds in blockchain transactions and compliance matters, cryptocurrency trading and securities compliance, and technology companies in all phases of private and public offering blockchain token technology.  He also represents clients before federal and state agencies and licensing authorities in connection with compliance matters. He is renowned by clients for his accuracy, efficiency and out-of- the-box thinking in corporate transactions, formation, organization, equity and regulatory matters.

Mr. Shire is the co-founder and chairman of The Impact Investment Forum, which is a member-based not-for-profit association of business leaders, industry experts, and thought leaders. The Forum was a lead sponsor of SkyTop Strategies Impact Investing Conference, and Mr. Shire moderated two panels around renewable energy and how to reframe impact investing with leaders in the industry including high level executives from Tideline and StarCore Nuclear. The Forum was recently announced to the public at an inaugural meeting, and Mr. Shire introduced the association's first initiative: water solutions. For more information on The Impact Investment Forum, please visit: https://www.theimpactinvestmentforum.com.

Mr. Shire currently serves as a guest contributor to Arlington Healthcare Group on health law-related matters.

Education

  • J.D., Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law (1998)
    Associate Editor, The Dickinson Law Review
  • B.A., Bucknell University, cum laude (1995)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Representative Engagements

  • Regularly counsels client engaged in two phases of blockchain token sales, one through a private Reg D offering and another through a public offering
  • Regularly counsels crypto hedge fund client, who trades in tokens, currencies, and JVs within the verticals of blockchain, on all aspects of compliance and transactions
  • Regularly counsels multiple private funds trading currency in the blockchain space

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “The Opportunity of Urban Revitalization,” North American Family Impact Investing Conference (September 2018)
  • Moderator, “Reframing Impact Investing: Meeting Financial Performance Expectations While Investing With Purpose,” Impact Investment Conference - Driving Social Purpose Through Measurable Investment Returns (May 2017)
  • Moderator, “The Pivot to Renewable Energy: Optimizing Old Infrastructure to Support Allocations,” Impact Investment Conference - Driving Social Purpose Through Measurable Investment Returns (May 2017)

Publications

  • Co-Author, “How Blockchain Will (Eventually) Transform and Disrupt M&A Related Transactions,” The M&A Lawyer (October 23, 2018)