Blockchain and Digital Currencies: Trends and Updates in the 2018 Landscape
The proliferation of digital currencies, cheaper and faster securities settlements, and payment transfers has marked the beginning of a more advanced phase of the information age. The number of businesses engrossed with the potentials of the modern-day computers and other technological advancements are now remarkably growing in numbers. Thus, creating a wider scope for potential risks and threats.
In order to avoid pitfalls, it is essential for companies to carefully analyze the fundamental technology behind Blockchain and Digital currencies.
Join a panel of key thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group as they bring the audience to a road beyond the basics of Blockchain and Digital Currencies and as they delve into the depth-analysis of the current trends involving this significant topic. Speakers will present practical strategies and tips to avoid potential risks and pitfalls while maximizing the opportunities of the Blockchain Technology.
Key topics include:
- Blockchain Technology – Legal Perspectives
- Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain
- Opportunities and Limitations of Blockchain Technology
- Legal Pitfalls and Challenges
- Implications to Banking and Financial Services
- What Lies Ahead in 2018
Teresa M. Tomchak, Partner
Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
- How to determine whether a cryptocurrency is a security
- Regulatory hurdles to address if a cryptocurrency is a security
- Issues relating to cryptocurrency exchanges
Ken Joseph, Managing Director
Duff & Phelps, LLC
- AML Issues
- Cybersecurity Risk
- Issues relevant to private fund investors (custody, asset security, registration)
- Regulatory focus on gatekeepers (lawyers, broker-dealers, investment advisers, exchanges, accountants)
- The disruptive potential and benefits of blockchain
- Valuation risk
M. Ridgway Barker, Partner
Withers Bergman LLP
- Money transmitter/FinCEN registration
- a brief overview of int’l treatment
Who Should Attend:
- Banking & Finance Lawyers
- Bank Regulation Lawyers
- Bank and Financial Institution Executives
- Banks and Financial Institutions
- Banks Senior Management
- Finance Advisers
Ridge is a partner in Withers' corporate team.
He is actively engaged in the full range of corporate and business legal and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance, corporate governance, capital markets (IPOs and other registered offerings, SPACs, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, asset securitizations and credit facilities), private equity and venture capital, equity and executive compensation, internal investigations, and corporate control litigation, among other areas. As a trusted advisor for small to medium-sized domestic and international public and private companies across a whole range of legal issues and business needs, he regularly represents clients on both highly complex, sensitive and confidential matters as well as routine day-to-day needs.
Ridge’s clients span industries ranging from telecommunications, technology, chemicals and manufacturing to financial services and retail.
In addition to his legal and transactional experience, he has broad experience in a variety of entrepreneurial, financial, accounting and supervisory roles involving business formation and development, capital raising, strategic transactions, executive compensation, operations and corporate governance.
Ridge’s transactional work ranges from opportunity creation, investigation and development through structuring, analysis, negotiation, problem-solving, closing and post-transaction implementation. He uses total quality and project management concepts to maximize transaction values and minimize transaction costs.
Prior to joining Withers, Ridge was a Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, a New York- based international law firm, where he was the Chairman of the Corporate Finance & Securities Practice Group.
Ridge is a partner in Withers' corporate team. He is actively engaged in the full range of corporate and business …
Ken C. Joseph, Esq. is a managing director in Duff & Phelps’ Disputes and Investigations practice in New York City. Ken focuses on serving clients who need informed and proven strategies to successfully navigate a broad spectrum of threats arising from investigations, compliance examinations, litigation, and crisis scenarios. Ken has a unique combination of front-line expertise and experience in U.S. securities law, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. He served with distinction for a total of over 21 years at the U.S. securities and exchange commission, including service as one of the inaugural supervisors in the division of enforcement’s specialized asset management unit, and most recently as a senior officer in the Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. He has investigated, supervised, and resolved numerous complex and high-profile cases involving a wide variety of alleged misconduct by market professionals, individuals, and by public and private entities.
Ken holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He also earned B.S., MBA, and post-graduate degrees in Marketing Management and International Finance from St. John’s University, New York. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the States of New York and Connecticut. He is a frequent speaker at industry panels on matters relating to SEC enforcement and securities law compliance, governance, and risk management and has represented the SEC on several foreign technical assistance missions. Ken also has substantial experience interacting with U.S. and foreign regulators and law enforcement agencies from the state, federal, and international levels, including those from the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Federal Reserve, and state securities regulators.
Ken C. Joseph, Esq. is a managing director in Duff & Phelps’ Disputes and Investigations practice in New York City. …
Teresa is a partner at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. Teresa has extensive experience in securities litigation and regulation. Teresa has been involved in numerous shareholder disputes, hostile take-over bids, proxy fights, contested plans of arrangement and securities class actions. Teresa has represented clients during investigations and enforcement hearings before various provincial securities commissions and IIROC. Teresa is a co-author of CLE’s award winning text, British Columbia Business Disputes. Teresa was recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40, she is recognized as a litigation star by Benchmark Canada and she is also recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Securities Law.
Teresa is a partner at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. Teresa has extensive experience in securities litigation and regulation. …
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General Knowledge of Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology
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Areas of Professional Practice
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About Withers Bergman LLP
Founded over 100 years ago, Withers is a leading international law firm for global businesses, their equity and debt stakeholders, and the executives who manage them. The firm is one of the largest tax law firms in the world and consists of over 160 partners supported by more than 1,000 people across 16 strategically located international offices.
Its global corporate team has the depth and diversity of knowledge to advise on issues that arise over the entire life cycle of a company, from securing initial investment and raising follow on equity and debt capital privately and publicly, to structuring executive and incentive compensation, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights and day-to-day operational issues, and managing complex governance issues, to completing mergers, acquisitions and exit strategies. They excel at working with corporate clients both large and small, new and long-established and domestic and international. With their unique in-house as well as law firm experience, they focus on anticipating issues and finding solutions, efficiently and cost-effectively. In 2016, the corporate group were involved on billions of dollars of projects across industries such as technology, hotels and hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, luxury products and banking and finance.
About Duff & Phelps, LLC
Duff & Phelps is the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, investigations, disputes, cyber security, compliance and regulatory matters, and other governance-related issues. We work with clients across diverse sectors, mitigating risk to assets, operations and people. With Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps since 2018, our firm has nearly 3,500 professionals in 28 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.duffandphelps.com.
About Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP is a leading BC Law Firm with offices in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Victoria. Our full-service firm represents some of the largest public and private institutions and corporations in the province, offering versatile and innovative approaches to legal issues for over 100 years. We balance a strong regional presence with an expanding international practice that includes U.S., European, and Asia-Pacific based clients. Farris offers a full range of legal services in the areas of corporate law, tax & wealth management, litigation, and labour and employment.