Noah Qiao is a partner in the Firm’s New York office. Noah counsels leading private fund sponsors on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues related to investment management. He regularly advises clients on complex business transactions, investment adviser registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), adviser compliance obligations under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and SEC examinations and investigations.

He has significant experience helping crypto asset management firms and their portfolio companies navigate the rapidly evolving crypto regulatory landscape. In particular, he has broad experience advising crypto businesses on how the federal securities law and Investment Company Act of 1940 apply to crypto lending platforms, crypto exchanges, DeFi protocols, tokenized assets, NFTs, stablecoins, DAOs, and web3 projects. He also frequently advises crypto venture capital and hedge fund sponsors on the impact of crypto overlay on the sponsors’ investment advisory obligations and unique crypto regulatory issues under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

He is a trusted advisor to many top crypto asset management firms in their day-to-day legal issues and in times of significant crypto market events. He is also an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, where he teaches a class on crypto regulations.


Thought Leadership


Author, “What Drives Crypto Token Value and How the SEC Might Act,” Bloomberg Law, November 29, 2022

Author, “How Can Stablecoins Evolve to Reach the Next Milestone?” Bloomberg Law, June 14, 2022


Speaker, “What to Expect from the SEC post-FTX,” PolicyPartner, January 17, 2023

Speaker, “Navigating Turbulent Financial Markets,” Wharton Asia Exchange, December 9, 2022

Speaker, "Regulatory Updates (w/CFIUS)," VCGC Conference, October 26, 2022

Panelist, "Legislative, Rulemaking and Other Regulatory Developments," Registered Advisers & CCO Summit, October 18, 2022

Speaker, “SEC Crypto Enforcement and Platform Policy,” PolicyPartner, September 8, 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, Cornell Law School


Admissions & Qualifications

  • New York


  • Cornell Law SchoolJ.D.
    Charles Evans Hughes Scholar
  • Wharton School of the University of PennsylvaniaM.B.A., Financewith Honors

    Director’s List (top 10%)

    First Year Honors

  • University of TorontoB.Com.