Mr Timothy Spangler > Dechert LLP > Orange County, United States > Lawyer Profile

Dechert LLP
650 Town Center Drive,
Suite 700
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-7122
United States

Work Department

Financial Services and Investment Management




Timothy Spangler focuses his practice on the intersection of alternative investment management and financial technology, including the impact of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and digital assets on the financial services industry and the innovation economy.

Mr. Spangler assists clients with the formation, structuring and negotiation of private investment vehicles across numerous jurisdictions around the world. He regularly advises fund sponsors and promoters on the structuring and launch of hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds, as well as with respect to their co-investment arrangements, internal partnerships and personal investments. On a selective basis, he advises potential investors in private investment funds. Mr. Spangler also has particular experience counseling clients on the ongoing compliance obligations of investment management firms operating in a rapidly evolving global regulatory landscape, including the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.

He also has wide-ranging experience working both with blockchain-native firms navigating the financial regulatory landscape and financial services firms developing innovative products based on and around digital assets and distributed ledger technology. He advises on all legal aspects of the development and launch of new blockchain protocols and applications, as well as issues related with trading and holding cryptocurrencies and structuring tokenizations and other fundraisings using digital assets.


  • 2021 Fintech Editorial Board, Law360


  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., Applied Mathematics
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D.
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, Ph.D., Law

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech

Dechert LLP has a wide-ranging workload in the fintech space that includes cutting-edge cryptocurrency transactions, as well as more traditional transactional, cybersecurity and regulatory matters. Silicon Valley-based partner Timothy Spangler has experience of fund management, fintech and cryptocurrency issues, all of which intersected on his lead role assisting Franklin Templeton on the launch of its groundbreaking blockchain-based mutual fund. Philadelphia-based Ralph Mazzeo is also experienced in related securitizations and digital assets. The regulatory and compliance aspects are typically handled by Susan Grafton in Washington DC and San Francisco practice head Mark D Perlow, a former senior counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. Karen Neuman (Washington DC) and Boston’s Brenda Sharton are respectively on hand for non-contentious and contentious privacy and cybersecurity issues.

United States > Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)

At Dechert LLP, a breadth of experience advising both private equity sponsors and institutional investors allows the team to provide clients with the most current knowledge regarding deal terms, innovations, regulatory issues, tax-efficient structures and capital raising techniques. The group has a particularly strong focus on debit/credit funds, and has a significant track record establishing such funds in jurisdictions ranging from Dublin to Luxembourg. The firm’s secondaries offering brings together fund formation and transactional experts, who work synergistically on a range of complex, cross-border deals. Practice head Omoz Osayimwese oversees matters from the New York office. Other recommended attorneys include Austin-based Tricia Lee – who is singled out by one client as a ‘lawyer of the highest caliber‘ – and Los Angeles-based Timothy Spangler, who is ‘able to “issue spot” like a fiend‘.