John Katovich, JD
John Katovich acts as General Counsel for Kestrel Verifiers. He has over 35 years of experience as a securities lawyer and entrepreneur and is the founder and principal at Cutting Edge Counsel, and its securities practice group, Cutting Edge Capital. He is committed to economic justice and democratic capitalism, fostering responsible and sustainable capital-raising strategies and operational practices.
Mr. Katovich held General Counsel and Chief Regulatory Officer positions for the Pacific Stock Exchange, Boston Stock Exchange, and headed the NASDAQ subsidiary regulating stock and options. He was also General Counsel for OptiMark Technologies, which revolutionized computer-based trading of institutional and large block orders, and ePit, which provides enterprise-class software for emerging electronic markets worldwide.
Mr. Katovich is a founding board member of SASB (Sustainable Accounting Standards Board), and The Food Commons, a non-profit that shepherds an integrated system for community-owned and operated enterprises scaling local food accessibility.
Mr. Katovich taught a Capital Markets seminar at Presidio Graduate School’s MBA program, and options trading at the UC Berkeley and INSEAD, France. He holds FINRA Series 62, 24 & 63 licenses, and is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois.