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Software Legal

Hoboken, NJ
April 27, 2019

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Zeus N. Shaikh *** Coles Street, Apt. ****, Jersey City, New Jersey 07310 646-***-****


Bear Shaikh LLC 2016 - Present

Founder and Managing Member New York

•Manage a business and legal-consulting firm servicing primarily buy-side clients in the Americas and EMEA

•Provide contractual and external general-counsel services to start-up and established firms including hedge-fund managers, proprietary traders, equity and FX prime brokers, FinTech and RegTech companies, and banks

•Advise distributed-ledger and blockchain technology clients on trade-messaging and pre-trade credit-check issues

•Facilitate the onboarding of FX and equity prime brokerage relationships from pitch meetings through trading

•Structure and implement prime-of-prime offerings in various jurisdictions

•Negotiate trading documentation and advise on new ventures and fund-formation

Citibank, N.A. 2010 - 2016

Director - In-Business Legal & Regulatory (Global), Foreign Exchange Prime Brokerage New York

•Provided counsel to the FX Prime Brokerage Group and advised the New York, London, and Singapore desks

•Hired and managed a team of lawyers and professionals who negotiated trading agreements for the FXPB desk

•Led the team through Dodd-Frank, MiFID II, and other regulatory challenges

•Negotiated derivatives-trading contracts: FXPB agreements, electronic-trading agreements, reverse give-ups, NDAs, RFPs, and master counterparty agreements

•Implemented e-commerce, cloud-computing, software-licensing, and API contracts for price-streaming, focusing on SaaS and XaaS intellectual property and privacy issues

•Redesigned and managed the designation notice program and modernized give-up contracts for bullion-trading

Self-Employed Attorney Consultant 2007 - 2010

ISDA and Prime Brokerage Negotiator New York

•Served as a legal resource to banks, including Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and The Bank of Nova Scotia

•Negotiated equity Prime Brokerage agreements, securities-loan contracts, and NDAs with hedge-fund managers

•Responsible for documentation of trading foreign-listed options, commodity futures, and forex

•Negotiated 1992 and 2002 ISDA Agreements linked to financing arrangements

•Represented the legal department on inter-departmental committees with traders, credit officers, and operations

UseFilm.Com 2005 - 2007

Founder and Managing Partner New York

•Provided legal counsel to a startup serving an international community of amateur and professional photographers

•Drafted Terms of Service and other click-through agreements and resolved disputes with users and third parties

•Negotiated advertising rates, intellectual-property licenses, and employment and confidentiality agreements

Hodgson Russ LLP 2004 - 2005

Tax Associate Buffalo

•Counseled corporate clients on international, federal, and state tax issues

•Researched and drafted memoranda analyzing tax treatment of transactions

•Defended directors in “responsible person” actions and negotiated findings with auditors

The Coca-Cola Company Summer 2003

Summer Associate Atlanta

•Evaluated Coca-Cola’s procurement practices and liability under federal and state law

•Delivered a presentation detailing a brand’s launch


Emory University School of Law 2004

Juris Doctor Atlanta

•Dean’s List; Student Bar Association; and South-Asian Students’ Association

•Internships with Cingular Wireless LLC and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

University At Albany 1998

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Concentration in Analytical Philosophy Albany

•Magna Cum Laude; Dean’s List; Golden Key National Honor Society; Spellman Award for Academics

•Varsity Lightweight Crew Team (Captain, Gold Medalist)

•Earned the highest grade in the University’s history in Physics, Logic, and Computer Science

The Bronx High School Of Science 1994

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