About Joel Sherwin:

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Pepperdine University
J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif


Cal. State University, Northridge
B.A., cum laude

Bar Admissions:


Joel Sherwin is a business lawyer with entrepreneurial, executive management and operations experience in early and growth-stage financial services companies. He is a strategic advisor to multiple companies in the Los Angeles start-up community, and concentrates his practice in company formation, start-up financing, negotiation, and general corporate matters that may arise in the life-cycle of a business.


Joel advises financial technology, payments, and e-commerce companies, along with merchant banks, prepaid program managers and payment processors on consumer privacy, BSA/AML/OFAC, KYC and other risk and compliance structures.


Practice Areas and Representative Industries:

  • Corporate Strategy
  • Business Opportunities/ Negotiations
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Prepaid/ Money service business compliance
  • Risk Management and Analysis
  • Brand Focused Products and Services
  • Financial Technology/ Services
  • Sports and Entertainment
  • Licensing and Endorsements
  • Entity Selection, Structuring and Advisory
  • Corporate Finance
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Joint Ventures and Partnerships
  • Personal and Outside General Counsel


  • McDermott Will & Emery, Los Angeles
  • COO & General Counsel of Kaiku Fiance, a Visa-branded prepaid program manager
  • Worked internationally in Mexico, South America, Europe, and the Middle East
  • President of US Operations, Neopay, a consultancy specializing in regulatory compliance for Money Service Businesses


  • American Conference Institute 17th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance- Washington D.C. January 2017
  • Are Bills of Attainder the New Currency? Challenging the Constitutionality of Sex Offender Regulations That Inflict Punishment Without the Safeguard of a Judicial Trial, 37 PEPP. L. REV. 4, (1301-45)(2010)

Outside Interests:

  • Golf, exercise, travel and, after many failed attempts, finally learning to play the guitar