2020 OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum


Lisa Zarlenga

Steptoe & Johnson LLP


Lisa Zarlenga is a tax partner at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, where her practice focuses on corporate transactional and planning matters as well as tax policy issues. She advises clients on structuring tax-free and taxable acquisitions and dispositions, tax-free spin-offs, and affiliated group restructurings. Drawing on her experience as Tax Legislative Counsel at the Treasury Department, she also helps clients advocate for and resolve tax policy issues before Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) involving proposed and pending regulations and other administrative guidance, and before Congress involving legislation. She has also assisted clients during the rulemaking process, including preparing comment letters and meeting with policymakers. Lisa has combined her policy and transactional backgrounds to advise clients on certain specialized tax issues, such as blockchain and digital currency. She advises clients on conducting digital currency transactions and conversions, token offerings, and different investment and entity structures. She has also represented clients in the blockchain and digital currency industry to engage directly with the Treasury Department, IRS, and Congress to develop workable policies at an industry-wide level. Lisa co-chairs the Global Digital Finance Tax Working Group.