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Antitrust Issues: Implications for Blockchain Technology

Live Webcast Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (ET)
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Online CLE Antitrust Issues

Join us for this Knowledge Group Online CLE Antitrust Issues Webinar. With blockchain technology revolutionizing almost all aspects of businesses today, company owners need to constantly check for potential risks and issues that might jeopardize their businesses. However, due to its newness and inherently decentralized nature, regulatory enforcement and case law has not yet caught up to blockchain technology, thereby creating an increasingly complex antitrust environment for businesses.

To avoid potential risks and pitfalls, business owners should consider the possible application of traditional antitrust laws and concepts to this emerging technology.

In this Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders will help company owners understand the important aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of the potential implications of antitrust law to blockchain technology. Speakers will also offer practical tips and strategies to avoid potential risks and pitfalls.

Key topics include:

  • Antitrust Law and the Blockchain Technology
  • Notable Updates in Blockchain Technology
  • Common Issues Arising in the Blockchain
  • Potential Antitrust Issues in the Blockchain Technology
  • Comprehensive Guide and Best Practices

Who Should Attend

  • Antitrust Lawyers and Litigators
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • General Counsel
  • Start Up, Entrepreneur and Small Business Individual Companies or Groups
  • Investors, Stockholders and Company Owners
  • Securities Lawyers
  • Investment, Securities, Capital Markets Attorneys and Consultants

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Online CLE Antitrust Issues
Dr. Ai Deng
Bates White
Online CLE Antitrust Issues
Almudena Arcelus
Analysis Group
Online CLE Antitrust Issues
Howard Ullman
Of Counsel
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Online CLE Antitrust Issues

Almudena ArcelusPrincipal
Analysis Group

  • Primer on blockchain and key characteristics of the technology.
  • Summary of critics’ arguments why the technology’s characteristics will lead to anti-competitive practices.
  • A rebuttal of these arguments, explaining how these characteristics could just as easily produce pro-competitive outcomes.
  • Finish by making the general statement that the right mix of technology design/implementation and legal deterrence will dictate how competition is affected by blockchain

Dr. Ai DengPrincipal
Bates White

  • A primer on smart contract
  • A primer on blockchain
  • Accessing the risk of collusion with the smart contract technology
    • Explicit collusion
    • Tacit collusion

Howard UllmanOf Counsel
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

  • Blockchain technology can involve sharing of competitively-sensitive information
  • Blockchain technology can involve standard-setting
  • Blockchain technology can favor or exclude competitors
  • Each of the above can create antitrust risk; blockchain implementers should take steps to mitigate that risk

Online CLE Antitrust Issues

Online CLE Antitrust Issues

Dr. Ai DengPrincipalBates White

Dr. Deng has over a decade of experience in litigation and business consulting and academic research. He has worked on some of the largest price-fixing and market manipulation cases in the past decade. With expertise in econometrics and data analysis and a passion for teaching, Dr. Deng assists clients with understanding complex economic and econometric issues and developing easy-to-understand documents that explain technical arguments to judges and juries. He has also worked extensively with government agencies including FERC, the CFTC, and the US FTC. His experience spans multiple industries including high-tech, financial (including commodities), chemical, vitamins, and energy.

Dr. Deng is an invited external expert for the Romanian National Council for Scientific Research and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. He has published in and served as a peer referee for many academic journals. His current research interests include applications of machine-learning techniques to price and market manipulation and the intersection between technologies (artificial intelligence and blockchain, in particular) and antitrust. He has spoken on antitrust implications of technologies at several forums. And most recently, he advised US FTC on technology-related antitrust issues for its public hearing on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.

Online CLE Antitrust Issues

Almudena ArcelusPrincipalAnalysis Group

Almudena Arcelus, a principal at Analysis Group, specializes in the application of economics, finance, and technology to complex problems in business litigation. She has analyzed economic markets and competition in antitrust cases involving market power, monopolization, tying arrangements, class certification, price fixing, and damages in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Ms. Arcelus has worked on several notable antitrust cases involving optical disk drives, liquid crystal displays, replacement automotive parts, contact lenses, airlines, pharmaceutical products, Microsoft software, and Intel microprocessors. Her litigation experience includes management of all aspects of pretrial discovery, development of economic and financial computer models to analyze damages, critique of opposing experts, report preparation, deposition, and trial support. Ms. Arcelus frequently works with an extensive network of expert witnesses from leading universities, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association.

Online CLE Antitrust Issues

Howard UllmanOf CounselOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Howard Ullman, Of Counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Litigation and the Antitrust and Competition Groups. He focuses his practice on competition and antitrust law, trade regulation, unfair competition, class action and complex litigation issues.

He has extensive experience advising on distribution law and distribution system issues (including competitor collaborations, pricing issues, non-price restraints and dealer termination issues). He routinely addresses and counsels on the antitrust / intellectual property interface.

Online CLE Antitrust Issues

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Method Of Presentation:
   On-demand Webcast


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NY Category of CLE Credit:
   Areas of Professional Practice

Total Credits:
   1.5 CLE

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About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

Bates White is an economic consulting firm that provides advanced, empirically based economic, financial, and econometric analysis to law firms, corporations, and government agencies. We advise clients on litigation, case development, and strategy, assessing and analyzing the relative strengths of economic arguments, and determining optimal strategies for discovery, motions, trial preparations, and settlement.

Website: https://www.bateswhite.com/

Analysis Group is one of the largest economics consulting firms, with more than 900 professionals across 14 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Since 1981, we have provided expertise in economics, finance, health care analytics, and strategy to top law firms, Fortune Global 500 companies, and government agencies worldwide. Our internal experts, together with our network of affiliated experts from academia, industry, and government, offer our clients exceptional breadth and depth of expertise.

Website: www.analysisgroup.com

Orrick is a leading global law firm with a particular focus on serving clients in the technology, energy and financial sectors. We are recognized worldwide for delivering the highest-quality, commercially oriented legal advice and fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration with our clients, among our lawyers and staff and within our communities.  Founded in San Francisco a century and a half ago, Orrick today has approximately 1,100 lawyers across the United States, Europe and Asia. Our platform offers clients a distinctive combination of local insight and consistent global quality across our key market locations.

Website: https://www.orrick.com/

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