JiJi Park, co-leader of Pillsbury’s FinTech, Payments & Blockchain focus team and Unclaimed Property team, focuses on regulatory matters and corporate transactions for clients in the financial services and retail sectors.

In her regulatory practice, she advises financial institutions, money services businesses, retail corporations, payment processors, online marketplaces, and Internet escrow companies on federal and state laws, including money services licensing, payment processing, electronic funds transfers, unclaimed property, anti-money laundering, and privacy laws. JiJi has extensive experience in issues involving digital and virtual currencies, prepaid cards, closed- and open-loop programs, e-wallets, mobile payments, and loyalty and promotional programs. JiJi’s corporate practice includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and distribution and licensing agreements.

Representative Experience

  • Served as lead regulatory counsel to a licensed digital money transfer provider in connection with its acquisition by another licensed payments company.
  • Provided regulatory and privacy counsel to a client in connection with a merger that created an online global community of more than 8 million freelancers and 2 million businesses.
  • Represented a large retail corporation in connection with its creation of a gift card subsidiary and loyalty program.

Professional Highlights

  • Named Los Angeles Business Journal's Most Influential Women Lawyers in 2018.
  • Addressed the question “Am I a Money Transmitter or Just an MSB?” at IMTC USA 2016 Conference, March 15, 2016.
  • Spoke on “Achieving Unclaimed Property Compliance, Best Practices for the Banking Industry” before the California Bankers Association, October 9, 2015.

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  • Serves as vice chair of Pillsbury’s Attorney Development Committee and as Recruitment Committee’s hiring co-chair—Southern California region.
  • Leadership Positions

    • Member of Pillsbury’s Managing Board
    • Previously served as vice chair of Pillsbury's Attorney Development Committee, a member of the firm’s Nominating Committee and the hiring co-chair—Southern California region.
  • Associations
    • American Bar Association
    • California State Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Speaking Engagements
    • “FinTech Industry Spotlight: Rapid Growth & Unclaimed Property Concerns,” Pillsbury webinar – February 14, 2018
    • “Beneficial Ownership, Introduction to the Final Rule for Customer Due Diligence for Financial Institutions,” California Bankers Association – October 5, 2016
    • “Bank Secrecy Act – Basic Overview of AML Regulations,” California Bankers Association – October 4, 2016
    • “Overview of Unclaimed Property: Key Basics to Know,” Los Angeles CLE Marathon – January 20, 2016
    • "Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts," Inside Bitcoins Conference – October 5, 2014
    • “Prepaid Regulation Fundamentals,” Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, Prepaid Fundamentals Webinar Series – August 12, 2014
    • “The Puzzle Surrounding Digital and Virtual Currencies: Clarifying the Various Definitions for These Types of Currencies and How They Affect Your Business and Compliance Efforts,” American Conference Institute, Virtual & Digital Currency and Payment Systems Conference, Chicago, IL – June 24, 2014
    • “The Invaluable Fundamentals of Prepaid,” Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, Power of Prepaid Conference, Washington, DC – June 11, 2014
    • "New Federal Gift Card and Prepaid Access Rules – Virtually Everyone is Covered," Pillsbury webinar – November 3, 2011
    • "Not Just Fun and Games: The Legal and Privacy Implications of Virtual Currency," Pillsbury webinar – October 24, 2011
    • "Evaluating the Top 10 PrePaid Compliance Issues and Strategies to Mitigate Risk," World Research Group, 2nd Annual Prepaid Card Congress, Las Vegas, NV – February 16, 2011

Education

  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1998

    A.B., Harvard University, 1994

Admissions

  • California