Welcome back to another edition of Blockchain & Law. Our last event, Self-governance in an unregulated world was our highest attended yet, with 155 of you joining us! Thanks for coming out and be sure to check out the highlight video below.
Every other month here at Blockmatics we bring the top legal minds in cryptocurrency and blockchain together for a discussion around the latest news and topics in the space. This month our experts are pulling out all the stops, in addition to our always popular panel discussion, each panelist will also be delivering an intimate 30 minute breakout session on the topics YOU most want to learn about.
- Tokenization & Market Infrastructure
- The difference between a commodity and a security
- Crypto Hedge Funds
This month's panel is gearing up to be our best yet with some especially notable news being made lately. Perhaps most noteworthy is the recent letter from FinCEN, the federal agency that oversee's money transmission and AML/CFT standards. The agency goes on to say that ICO issuers must register as money transmitters, meaning any company that sold its tokens to US citizens and hadn't registered with FinCEN prior may be charged with a felony under federal law, a point Coin Center took issue with.
In state news, Wyoming passed 5 bills this month related to cryptocurrency's and blockchain technology, the most significant defines utility tokens as an entirely new asset class.
Join us on March 28th where you will hear leading industry experts debate these topics and more, including:
- SEC’s statement on trading ICO tokens on exchanges
- CFTC statement on Winklevoss proposal for a Self Regulatory Organization for the US virtual currency industry
- Class action suit against Coinbase regarding allegations of insider trading of Bitcoin Cash
Spend an evening with:
Yvette D. Valdez Esq., Partner at Latham Watkins LLP
Conor O’Hanlon Esq., Associate at Perkins Coie LLP
Anthony Jew Esq., Associate at Seward and Kissel LLP
Jenny Leung, Former regulator at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
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6:30p: Breakout Sessions Begin
Speakers: Conor O'Hanlon | Yvette D. Valdez | Anthony Jew
7:15p: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Jenny Leung
Panelists: Yvette D. Valdez | Conor O'Hanlon | Anthony Jew
8:00p: Post-event Networking
Yvette D. Valdez, Esq.
Partner at Latham Watkins LLP
Yvette Valdez is counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, and a member of the firm's Financial Institutions Industry Group and Derivatives Practice. Ms. Valdez has a wide range of experience advising dealers, broker-dealers, investment, retail and private banks, Fintech companies, investment managers, private equity funds and market infrastructure providers on complex regulatory challenges related to their commodity and derivatives trading businesses. Ms. Valdez applies these core regulatory principles to technology innovations in the cryptocurrency, smart contracts and distributed ledger technology space. Ms. Valdez has significant experience in advising clients on regulatory matters under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act as well as other CFTC, SEC and prudential regulation.
Conor O'Hanlon, Esq.
Associate at Perkins Coie LLP
Conor is an attorney with Perkins Coie LLP’s virtual currency practice, where he focuses exclusively on all things blockchain, cryptocurrency and fintech related. He assists with token offers, custody and exchange-related issues and advises on various securities and commodity law queries relating to conduct and entity characterizations under the Dodd-Frank Act. He is admitted as a practicing lawyer in New York and England. Prior to his time at Perkins Coie, Conor was a capital markets associate at a major international law firm, with a particular focus on derivatives law questions as they applied to fintech products.
Anthony Jew, Esq.
Associate at Seward & Kissel LLP
Anthony is an associate in Seward & Kissel LLP’s investment management group, where he specializes in issues related to the formation and management of private investment funds. He represents a number of cryptocurrency hedge funds. Prior to Seward, Anthony was an Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel and oversaw JPMorgan’s commodity investor business globally. Before JPMorgan, Anthony was an associate at Skadden, Arps in New York City. He holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.
Former regulator at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Jenny previously worked at the Australian securities regulator in the Market Infrastructure and Technology teams. Her role focused on the regulation of exchanges and clearing houses as well as policy issues and the impact of new technology. Her experience included participating in discussions with the Council of Financial Regulators working group on Blockchain, reviewing applications received through the Innovation Hub and drafting ASIC's first guidance note on the use of Blockchain technology for financial services/markets.
Topics Recently Covered:
- Gregory J. Rigano & Conor O’Hanlon- SEC Charges 2 ICO's w/Fraud! Legal Analysis & What You Need to Know
- Nick Scannavino - SAFT: A New Legal Framework for Token Sales
- Josh Garcia - ICOs: The New Fundraising Sensation
- Gregory J. Rigano - Analysis Of SEC DAO Report
- Houman B. Shadab - Bitcoin Financial Regulation: Securities, Derivatives, Prediction Markets, and Gambling
- Yvette Valdez - CFTC Proposes Interpretation of “Actual Delivery” for Virtual Currencies
- Jenny Leung - When I buy Bitcoin, am I entering into a contract? I lose my money — who can I sue?