Inca Digital appoints ex-CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz as advisor

Rick Steves

Inca Digital has announced ex-CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz has joined the digital asset intelligence company’s Advisory Board.

The firm, which provides data, analytics and expertise to many of the world’s leading exchanges, financial institutions, regulators and government agencies, has also appointed ex-US Marine cryptologistAnita Nikolich as Lead Research Advisor.

The company will leverage the appointees’ know-how in cryptology and regulation to enhance its data analytics and services focused on the regulatory affairs and national security implications of digital assets.

Ex-CFTC Brian Quintenz against SEC’s regulation-by-enforcement

Brian Quintenz is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he helped establish the agency’s critical role as a federal regulator with jurisdiction over digital currencies, utility tokens, and other non-security commodities.

It was during his tenure that the CFTC oversaw the listing of the first U.S. regulated Bitcoin and Ether futures contracts on derivatives exchanges, and the rapid expansion of decentralized finance (DeFi).

He has become a leading voice against the SEC’s ongoing regulation-by-enforcement which remains ongoing despite increased criticism from the industry, lawmakers, and government officials, including a few of the SEC’s top names, such as Commissioner Hester Peirce.

As an advisor to Inca Digital, Quintenz will provide high-level counsel on the firm’s larger effort to provide world-class data analytics across crypto regulatory matters.

Adam Zarazinski, Chief Executive Officer at Inca Digital, said: “The timing couldn’t be better for Anita and Brian to join Inca. With crypto markets facing a tumultuous future in the short term, and some companies in the space either unable or unwilling to act responsibly, it is more important than ever to have market intelligence, compliance tools and robust risk management analytics. Anita and Brian will be invaluable additions guiding our national security and regulatory work, and we know our clients and the wider market will benefit from their expertise.”

Inca Digital boasts a team of military-trained engineers, analysts, and security experts that aim to bring clarity, safety, and stability to the asset class and enable clients to monitor digital asset markets, fight crime, and generate alpha.

The appointment of Anita Nikolich as Lead Research Advisor is also a milestone for the firm as she will help lead Inca’s new national security projects and set policy and strategy for the firm’s expanding national security practice.

Anita Nikolich is the Director of Research and Technology at the University of Illinois and serves on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure (ACI).

Past experience includes serving as program director for cybersecurity at NSF, executive director of infrastructure at the University of Chicago, and director of global data networking at risk mitigation specialist Aon.

Nikolich is a former United States Marine cryptologist and was one of the first female marines on the ground in Somalia during Operation Restore Hope (1992-1993), a United States-led, United Nations-sanctioned multinational force in charge of creating a protected environment for conducting humanitarian operations in the southern half of the country.

Read this next

Digital Assets secures preliminary approval to operate in Canada, one of the longest-established crypto platforms, has become the first digital asset platform to sign a Pre-‘Registration Undertaking’ with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) in Canada.

Retail FX

CySEC hits IC Markets One with regulatory warning

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission has once again stepped up its fight against unauthorized brokers.


XTAGE now offers bitcoin and ether trading to 3.6M Brazilian investors

Brazilian financial services giant XP has officially launched its crypto trading platform XTAGE, which was built on major American stock exchange Nasdaq’s trading technology.

Institutional FX

FX volume drops 7pct at CLS Group in July 2022

FX settlement specialist CLS Group today reported that the executed volumes of currency trading on its platforms were notably down in July.

Digital Assets

Web3 startup PIP integrates with Binance ecosystem

Web3 payment provider PIP has announced integration with the Binance ecosystem, which allows the firm to vastly develop and propose needed products and improvements that are worthy of competing with others chains.

Industry News

Celsius $750m insurance claims are fraud, says lawyer seeking EU crypto superfund

“It is an intentional deception in aid of a billion-dollar securities offering.”

Institutional FX

DGCX brokers authorized to provide derivatives trading and clearing services

The DFM is looking to provide multiple asset classes such as; equities, ETFs, equities’ futures, crude oil futures, etc. to meet the growing demand from its diversified base of local and international investors.

Digital Assets

EQONEX leaves “crowded crypto exchange space” amid crypto winter

“The recent extreme market volatility and declining trading volumes have added to the headwinds being felt by exchange operators. We take a realistic view that our exchange will not move the needle for us financially over the near-to-medium term.”

Digital Assets

FTX and Paradigm partner for spreads trading: lower risk, lower fees

“This structured spread trading product is the first that will enable crypto investors to utilize cash and carry trades through FTX and Paradigm.”