The French authorities has given former United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair Chris Giancarlo, also referred to as “Crypto Dad,” the equal of a knighthood.

In a Tuesday tweet from Giancarlo, the former CFTC head mentioned France’s National Order of Merit awarded him a Chevalier — the equal of a knighthood — in a ceremony on the French ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C. Those attending included present and former CFTC commissioners Rostin Behnam, Brian Quintenz, Christy Goldsmith Romero, Kristin Johnson, Caroline Pham, in addition to Hester Peirce of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Merci for honor of l’Ordre National du Mérite on the Résidence de France earlier than mes amis @CFTCbehnam @BrianQuintenz @HesterPeirce Dawn Stump Dan Berkovitz @CFTCcgr @CFTCjohnson @CFTCpham @CFTC ⁦@the_afx⁩ @WillkieFarr⁩ ⁦@WhartonCypher⁩

— Chris Giancarlo (@giancarloMKTS) June 28, 2022

The order introduced Giancarlo’s appointment in May. Phillippe Etienne, France’s ambassador to the United States, mentioned the award was due, partially, to the former CFTC chair’s “understanding of financial markets and the potentials of crypto finance.”

“[This award] recognizes the creation of well-regulated crypto trading markets and strengthening of overseas regulatory ties with the help of many fine public servants during my time of government service,” mentioned Giancarlo on the time.

Giancarlo labored because the chair of the CFTC for 5 years earlier than leaving in April 2019. During his time with the federal government company, he oversaw the launch of regulated Bitcoin (BTC) futures and was alleged to have had a “do no harm” method to blockchain regulation, incomes him the nickname Crypto Dad.

Since leaving the CFTC, Giancarlo has gone on to hitch blockchain funding agency CoinFund as a strategic adviser, the board of administrators for blockchain startup Digital Asset, and briefly, the board of crypto lending agency BlockFi. He presently works as a senior counsel on the regulation agency Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Related: Emmanuel Macron on crypto: ‘I do not consider in a self-regulated monetary sector’

Other people who’ve beforehand been knighted by their respective governments have joined the crypto house in varied methods. Sir Richard Starkey, also referred to as Beatles member Ringo Starr, launched his personal line of nonfungible tokens on June 13. Star Trek star William Shatner, who tokenized a sequence of buying and selling playing cards in 2020, was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2019 — although many have mentioned the respect is just not equal to a knighthood.


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