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Blockchain & Law: Morning Symposium

  • The Theater Center 210 W 50th st 4th Floor Manhattan, NY 10011 (map)

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On May 11-17 CoinDesk, in partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, will be hosting Blockchain Week, the largest gathering of its type in NYC. The week includes two of the leading blockchain conferences in America, Consensus (May 14-16) and Token Summit (May 16-17). Join New York's top legal minds in closing out the week with the 5th installment of the popular speaking series, Blockchain & Law.

The morning symposium will be focused on some of blockchain’s biggest legal challenges and opportunities. Through an interactive panel, presentations and debate, some of the leading attorneys in the space will explore blockchains and share how they are navigating this digital transformation.

If you haven't been to one of our Blockchain & Law events be sure to check out the highlight video below.

SCHEDULE:

(Subject to change)

8:30a: Welcome Registration With Coffee & Pastries

 

8:45a: Introduction & Overview Of Event. Thank You From Our Sponsor.

 

9:00a: Presentation + 10 Min Q&A

Presentation: Air Dropping Tokens & Future of Smart Contracts

Presenter: Anthony Tu-Sekine | Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP

 

9:30a: Presentation + 10 Min Q&A

Presentation: Demonstration: Deploying a token to the Ethereum Testnet to interact with a payment application

Presenter: Daniel Dewar | Founder, Paperchain

 

10:00a: Presentation + 10 Min Q&A

Presentation: Is Ether a Security, Commodity or Currency (and is this even the right question)?

Presenter: Ryan David Williams | Founding Partner, Experience Legal

 

10:30a: Coffee Break / Networking

 

10:45a: Panel

Topic: 

Generation Blockchain: Why Millennials are Flocking to Blockchain, and How Regulators Can Facilitate Long-Term Growth in the Industry

Speakers: 

Jenny Leung | Former regulator at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

Emily Shultz | Business Development Manager at Axoni

Lauren Stephanian | Investment Associate, Pantera Capital

Johanna Collins-Wood | Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Moderator: 

Isabelle Ferreira | Partner, Prysm Group

 

11:45a: Blockchain & Law Fireside Chat

Topic: 

Crypto Lawyers in Global Markets

Speakers:

Joshua Garcia | Former Associate at Cooley, LLP

Anthony Tu-Sekine | Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP

Moderator:

Gregory Rigano | Counsel at IKU (formerly at Chadbourne & Parke LLP)

 

12:30p-1p: Coffee Break / Networking

 

INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS:

Demonstration: Deploying a token to the Ethereum Testnet to interact with a payment application

By Daniel Dewar | Founder, Paperchain

The adoption of Ethereum's smart contract logic has seen a sharp increase in the 'tokenization' of things, with businesses looking to tokenize assets to simplify their exchange.

Almost every organization wants to ICO (yes, it could probably be a verb now). But what are the benefits of asset tokenization or token generation? What business opportunities does it represent and what does it look like in practice?

Join Paperchain founder Daniel Dewar as he demonstrates the development of a payments/receivables application that interacts with the Ethereum blockchain.

In this session you will learn: 

  • The tools required for Ethereum development
  • How to issue a token on the Ethereum blockchain
  • How to build a web application that interacts with assets on the Ethereum blockchain
  • Legal implications of tokenization and what parts of a smart contract code can constitute an agreement

Is Ether a Security, Commodity or Currency (and is this even the right question)?

By Ryan David Williams | Founding Partner, Experience Legal


Air Dropping Tokens & Future of Smart Contracts

By Anthony Tu-Sekine | Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP

 

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PANELS:

Generation Blockchain: Why Millennials are Flocking to Blockchain, and How Regulators Can Facilitate Long-Term Growth in the Industry

Speakers:

  • Jenny Leung | Former regulator at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

  • Emily Schultz | Business Development Manager, Axoni

  • Lauren Stephanian | Investment Associate, Pantera Capital

  • Johanna Collins-Wood | Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP

Moderator:

  • Isabelle Ferreira | Partner, Prysm Group

This panel will explore what it is about the millennial experience that makes blockchain
technology and cryptocurrency so attractive to this generation, and how regulators can facilitate growth as these technologies continue to mature.

This panel will explore what it is about the millennial experience that makes blockchain
technology and cryptocurrency so attractive to this generation, and how regulators can facilitate growth as these technologies continue to mature. In testimony to the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman of the CFTC, described his 30-year old niece’s interest in bitcoin as emblematic of the millennial generation, stating “we owe it to this new generation to respect their interest in this new technology”. As both millennials and practitioners in the industry, our shared experiences inform and provide context for why we and our generation have embraced blockchain and cryptocurrencies so strongly, while our practical experience structuring token sales, advising on regulatory treatment of cryptocurrencies and building decentralized platforms allows us to speak comprehensively about the industry’s future challenges and opportunities. Within this context, we will explore actions regulators can take in their treatment of cryptocurrencies and decentralized systems, and how we hope to see the global regulatory ecosystem develop.

     

    Crypto Lawyers in Global Markets

    Speakers:

    • Joshua Garcia | Former Associate at Cooley, LLP
    • Anthony Tu-Sekine | Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP

    Moderator:

    • Gregory Rigano | Counsel at IKU (formerly at Chadbourne & Parke LLP)

     

    Speaker Bio's:

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    Anthony Tu-Sekine, Esq.

    Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP - LinkedIn

    Anthony is Head of Seward & Kissel’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group. He also is a member of the Firm’s Capital Markets and Securities and Investment Management Groups, and is located in Seward & Kissel's Washington, D.C. office. As member of S&K’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Group, Anthony has advised clients on a wide range of topics, including how to structure, issue and register tokens in ICOs, custody of both utility tokens and tokens that are securities, transfer and liquidity issues, and investments in crypto assets by funds and other investors. He received his B.A. from California State University, Fullerton, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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    Daniel Dewar

    Founder, Paperchain - LinkedIn

    In 2016, Daniel founded Paperchain, a decentralized liquidity platform for digital media markets allowing media owners to turn their daily media transaction data into low-cost, working capital. Prior to that Daniel headed up the marketing & strategy team at one of Australia's leading data and analytics agencies, leading the agency’s transformation from a consultancy to a marketing & ad technology company.

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    Ryan David Williams

    Founding Partner, Experience Legal - LinkedIn

    Ryan is the founding partner of Experience Legal, a California law firm focused on reimagining how entrepreneurs experience legal services. Prior to Experience Legal, Ryan was an associate in the global law firms Orrick (Tech Companies) and Morrison & Foerster (Capital Markets). Ryan combines his securities, tech and startup expertise to counsel blockchain startups on all aspects of their lifecycle. He has worked with blockchain startups in Switzerland, Singapore, Cayman Islands and the U.S., and has closed over USD$100M in token sales.

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    Jenny Leung

    Former regulator at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) - LinkedIn

    Jenny Leung 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 regulatory sandbox applications received through the Innovation Hub and drafting ASIC's first guidance note on the use of Blockchain technology for financial services/markets. 

    Emily Schultz

    Business Development Manager at Axoni - LinkedIn

    Emily Schultz is Business Development Manager at Axoni, a distributed ledger technology company. Axoni is currently bringing the largest permissioned blockchain projects to production, including replatforming the DTCC’s Trade Information Warehouse for credit derivatives and building a distributed network for post-trade processing of equity swaps. Emily previously worked as an attorney at a law firm and hedge fund, focusing on derivatives and regulatory law.

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    Lauren Stephanian

    Investment Associate, Pantera Capital - LinkedIn

    Lauren Stephanian has over a year of experience advising for and consulting on Blockchain projects and currently works at a well known blockchain focused venture fund in San Francisco. She has experience in software development, trading, and venture capital and has programmed in Solidity. She holds a degree in Computer Science and is an avid enthusiast in emerging technologies. Her writing on Blockchain has been published in several highly read technical publications, including FreeCodeCamp and IBM’s DeveloperWorks.

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    Johanna Collins-Wood, Esq.

    Associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP - LinkedIn

    Johanna Collins-Wood is a lawyer at Pepper Hamilton LLP where she is part of the firm’s Blockchain Technology practice group. She has advised blockchain companies and cryptocurrency funds on various legal and regulatory issues. She is a regular speaker and writer on the legal issues faced by this industry and has been quoted by Coindesk. Johanna has a background in initial public offerings, public capital markets offerings, securities compliance and regulatory work.

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    Isabelle Ferreira

    Partner at Prysm Group - LinkedIn

    Isabelle Ferreira is currently a Partner at Prysm Group, a leading Blockchain focused economics and governance advisory firm. Throughout her career, she has worked on a variety of projects including devising the digital wallet roll-out strategy for Vodafone in Europe and working with the SFM Family Office, where she assisted in automating the Family Office’s internal payment transfer system through ERP software and partnerships with various banks. She has spent most of her finance career at hedge funds, with her most recent role as Chief Compliance Officer at Berens Capital, an Emerging and Frontier markets allocator.  

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    Gregory J. Rigano, Esq.

    Counsel at IKU - LinkedIn

    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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    Joshua Garcia, Esq.

    Attorney - LinkedIn

    Josh Garcia is an attorney based in Brooklyn, New York. His expertise spans securities, commodities, money transmission, consumer protection, lending, and payments. He works with cryptocurrency exchanges, investors, and blockchain developers. 

     

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