With exceptional track record of leadership, legal expertise, international experience and strategic vision, Miki is an invaluable asset and an ideal candidate for anyone seeking a seasoned professional capable of driving compliance, operational efficiency, and strategic growth.
Miki has a remarkable career spanning both traditional and emerging financial sectors, both domestically and internationally. Miki is an accomplished professional known for her expertise in compliance, regulatory affairs, and operational management. Miki's success is also attributable to her relationship with experts in the area expands into former Commissioners of regulatory bodies, Senior Partners at law and accounting firms, and others who have all supported her career and endeavors. Currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at DeFi Pulse in New York, she utilizes her vast experience for the pivotal role in overseeing the compliance, regulatory, and day-to-day operational aspects of this decentralized finance leaderboard. Her exceptional ability to navigate complex regulatory landscapes and ensure adherence to traditional finance rules and regulations has been instrumental in the success of the company.
Prior to the current role, Miki held key positions in renowned financial institutions in legal and compliance matters. As the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Integral Derivatives, LLC, Miki was responsible for overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs for the largest option specialist firm on the NYSE. Her experience included advising on trading operations, litigation, transactional matters, and engaging with regulatory bodies such as the SEC, FINRA, CFTC, and various other regulatory bodies. Her expertise in establishing and implementing written supervisory procedures, AML policies, and negotiating critical legal agreements showcased her ability to ensure compliance while driving business growth. Under her tenure, there were no fees or violations against the company. Due to Miki's fairness and understanding of the rules and regulations, FINRA appointed her as their arbitrator and NYSE appointed her as one of the members of the Ethics and Business Committee.
During her tenure at Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital, Miki served as a Senior Equity Derivatives Counsel, providing legal advice and structuring complex structured products on a global scale. She was placed in various roles in Lehman's Tokyo and NY offices based upon the needs of the company. She is a native Japanese, raised in London who is able to conduct business and negotiate legal documents in Japanese. Miki's expertise in transaction structures, drafting operative documentation, and negotiating offering materials played a crucial role in the successful issuance and sale of these intricate financial products. Additionally, she contributed to the development of market practices and policies, including their involvement with ISDA for Japan and Asia ex-Japan equities products.
Miki's legal acumen and business expertise extend beyond the financial sector. She also demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit as the Owner and Managing Director of BRICKS 4 KIDZ NYC, an innovative STEAM educational program that nurtures creativity in students through building unique creations, robotics, and games using LEGO® bricks. The program was seen in over 30 public and private schools in Manhattan as well as after school programs.
Educationally, Miki holds a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University. They are admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the State of New York, as well as The United States District Court, District of New Jersey.
Beyond their professional achievements, Miki actively participates in advisory boards, nonprofit organizations, and volunteer initiatives, demonstrating their commitment to community engagement and making a positive impact.