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Blockchain and Law - Session 0

  • Rise NY 43 West 23rd Street 2nd Floor New York, NY, 10010 United States (map)

Over $1 billion dollars worth of cryptocurrency has been invested into entities in the first six months of 2017 using a novel fundraising method called an ICO or Initial Coin Offering. These crowd funding mechinisms use cryptocurrency as a way to collect value from investors and in return provide those investors with a token that is crucial within that businesses architecture. 

More and more companies are leveraging the techinical innovation that inherently comes with digital tokens on blockchain networks and regulators have taken notice. Just recently Chinese regulators made an official statement banning ICOs meanwhile Canadian regulators have officially accepted their first ICO into their regulatory sandbox. 

LedgerX, has successfully registered under US regulators as both an SEF (Swap Execution Facility) and a DCO (Derivities Clearing Organization). Read the CoinDesk article written by Connor O'Hanlon for more on that.

Along with recent statements by the SEC regarding the DAO (see video w/Gregory J. Rigano) and companies like Shapeshift departing US states due to regulations like NY's BitLicense there is a lot to keep up with. This is why we are introducing a new monthly meetup series called Blockchain and the Law.


Join us for our inaugural event September 28th where you will hear from leading industry experts on these topics and more. This will be the first in a fireside chat series of events where we will aim to include the audience as much as possible in the conversation. 


Be sure to join the meetup group to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events.


Get answers to questions like:

  • What are the implications of the SEC's report on the DAO and how does it affect US investors and companies

  • What do the recent statements from the SEC, FINCEN and regulators in China, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore mean for the future of ICOs?

  • How do you know whether your ICO is compliant and how can you structure an ICO legally in the US?

  • What is the SAFT and should your ICO be looking at it?


Spend an evening discussing these topics and more with:

  • Josh Garcia Esq., Associate at Cooley

  • Conor O’Hanlon Esq., Associate at Allen & Overy LLP

  • Kevin Scanlan Esq., Partner at Kramer Levin

  • Nick Scannavino Esq., Founding Partner at Scannavino Lamb

  • Gregory J. Rigano Esq., Counsel at Elixr


Learn More:

"Anyone who’s anyone in tech today knows the three-letter acronym for jumbo-size fundraising: ICO." 

- Huffington Post,  July 4, 2017


"Forget an IPO, Coin Offerings Are New Road to Startup Riches"

- The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2017



These Events Sell Out Fast! Seating is Limited. Purchase Today. 


Check out Video from our last event:



6:30p: Networking and Light Snacks


7:00p: Panel Discussion

Moderator: Gregory J. Rigano

Panelists: Josh Garcia | Conor O'Hanlon | Kevin Scanlan | Nick Scannavino


8:00p: Post-event Networking






Josh Garcia, Esq.

Associate at Cooley

Josh Garcia works with the brightest minds in the fintech space. His expertise spans various bodies of financial regulation: securities, commodities, money transmission, consumer protection, lending, payments, among others. Josh works closely with cryptocurrency exchanges, investors, and blockchain developers to navigate the complex legal risks of bleeding edge technology. He also responds on behalf of clients to inquiries and enforcement actions of financial regulators.


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Conor O'Hanlon, Esq.

Associate at Allen & Overy

Conor is an associate in the Allen & Overy Derivatives and Structured Finance Group in New York. He has experience in hedging, central counterparty clearing, OTC derivatives and underlying industry regulation in the United States and Europe. He is a member of the firm’s FinTech group and focuses on the legal and regulatory aspects of cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed ledger technology


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Kevin P. Scanlan, Esq.

Partner at Kramer Levin

Kevin P. Scanlan advises clients on structuring, forming and investing in international and domestic private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds and fund-of-funds. In addition, Mr. Scanlan advises funds in connection with their subsequent investment activities. He represents large, well-established funds and managers as well as first-time funds of high-quality emerging managers.



Nick Scannavino, Esq.

Founding Partner at Scannavino Lamb

Nick is a Founding Partner of Scannavino Lamb LLP, a boutique business law firm based in New York City.  Nick works with entrepreneurs, startup companies and startup investors across a variety of sectors.  As part of the firm’s blockchain technology practice, Nick advises companies on legal, regulatory and business matters associated with cryptocurrency and token sales.




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Gregory J. Rigano, Esq.

Counsel at Aelixir

Gregory is a corporate tech lawyer with a deep interest in cryptocurrencies and intellectual property.  He was an Associate at the international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP (now known as Norton Rose Fulbright) and the New York law firm Rigano LLC, representing both international and domestic enterprise in various healthcare technology transactions.  His experience includes licensing of venture backed intellectual property portfolios, advising on various cryptocurrency matters and advancing healthcare R+D through utility of blockchain enabled fintech.  


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