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Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Forum

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Join us for an informative and interactive discussion of relevant legal and regulatory considerations surrounding blockchain and cryptocurrency. This forum is a chance for beginners, enthusiasts and experienced professionals to hear from experts in the areas of securities offerings and capital raising, financial services regulation, intellectual property, and securities law enforcement.  Find out from our panel of experts how the U.S. legal and regulatory landscape shapes blockchain, cryptocurrency, and token innovations in today’s dynamic global environment.

The forum programming will run from 4:00 PM to 6:00PM and will be followed by an informal networking reception.

The programming will cover the following topics:

Opening Fireside Chat:
Current and potential blockchain applications; tales from the trenches.

Speakers: Noah Spaulding, Circle Internet Financial, Inc.

Moderator: Nicholas J. Losurdo, Goodwin

Simultaneous Breakout Sessions:

  • Securities Offerings and Capital Raising:
    SEC guidance on “security” status; offering alternatives (e.g., private placements, registered offerings); ICOs; “tokens”; SAFTs/SAFEs).

    Speaker: Barbara A. Jones, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    Moderator: Elizabeth W. Fraser, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

  • Financial Services Regulation:
    Current state of regulations and jurisdiction (e.g., SEC, CFTC, States, FinCEN); implications of trading, including for broker-dealers and platforms (e.g., exchanges/ATSs); consumer protections; and considerations for personnel (e.g., personal trading).

    Speaker: Talis Seja, Fidelity Investments

    Moderator: Nicholas J. Losurdo, Goodwin Procter LLP

  • Intellectual Property:
    Overview of blockchain patent landscape; risks and opportunities in consortia and working groups; trademark issues for blockchain companies.

    Speakers: John L. Dupre, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, PC; Giovanna Fessenden, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.; Regina Sam Penti, Ropes & Gray LLP

    Moderator: Pia Owens, The MathWorks, Inc.

Securities Law Enforcement Session:
Current enforcement trends and areas of focus relating to blockchain and cryptocurrency. 

Speaker: Kathleen Shields, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Moderator: John J. Falvey Jr., Goodwin Procter LLP

Networking Reception

Registration Categories:
BBA Member – Free. Included as part of your membership.
Non-Member - $100.00

Sponsoring Section/Committee(s):




Carolyn Barrett


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