Bitcoin and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): A Primer on Offerings, Trading and Enforcement

Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm



Program Chair
N. Adele Hogan
Former Director
Deutsche Bank AG








  • Bitcoin, ICOs and token offerings will be covered from a regulatory perspective. This course will enable both in-house and outside counsel to expand their skills and be more valuable to their clients by covering the why, what, when, where and how of the offering and trading regulations. Block chain regulatory matters will also be discussed. The process of doing an ICO will be discussed. Lawyers who practice in finance, securities, lending, M&A, litigation, anti-financial crimes and regulatory areas need to increase their knowledge of this new and rapidly evolving disruptive products and technology to effectively advise new and existing clients. There will be one ethics credit relating to these new regulations, policies and enforcement initiatives.

    Live Program: $239 Member | $339 Nonmember
    In-House Counsel: $169 Member | $269 Nonmember

  • Elizabeth T. Davy
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP  

    Dan Dewar
    CEO and Co-Founder
    Paperchain Inc.

    Brian S. Korn
    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

    Byron Rooney
    Davis Polk & Wardwell

    Mark Santori
    Cooley LLP

    Lee A. Schneider
    McDermott Will & Emery LLP

    Joel Telpner
    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    Harumi Urata-Thompson
    Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Innovation Officer
    Global Cyber Consultants

    Ken Walker
    Former Director, State Street Bank

    David Weild IV
    Weild & Co.

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am The Basics of Bitcoin Structuring

    • What Are the Legal Aspects of Bitcoin, ICOs and Token Offerings>
    • How Trading and Derivatives Work
    • Regulators
    • How to Use ICOs to Pay for Goods and Services
    • How the Liability and Documents Work
    • Accredited Investors vs. Retail Investors and Bubbles

    Mark Santori, Joel Telpner

    10:00 am – 10:45 am How to Conduct an Initial Coin Offering

    • Typical Terms and Documentation
    • Tokens, Cryptocurrencies, Loyalty Programs
    • White Papers
    • Registration and Licensing Requirements
    • Derivatives Based on Cryptocurrencies
    • Invest in the Cryptocurrencies Directly or in Companies
    • Securities & Exchhange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Future & Trade Commission (CFTC) and New York State Department of Financial Services (NYS DFS)

    Brian Korn, Byron Rooney, David Weild IV

    10:45 am – 11:00 am Break
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm Blockchain

    • How Blockchain Works
    • Internet Usage
    • Cryptocurrency Wallets
    • Cryptocurrency and No Central Party Verification
    • Trading, Exchanges and Settlement
    • Compliance and Regulatory Issues
    • Anti-Money Laundering
    • Cybersecurity

    Dan Dewar, Lee Schneider

    12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Ethics of Bitcoin and ICOs

    • Differences in Terms and Competency and Advisory Ethics
    • Liability and Regulation in Different Jurisdictions and Unauthorized Practice of Law Ethics
    • Data and Privacy Considerations and Confidentiality Ethics
    • Federal and State Liability and Enforcement Actions and Organization as Client Ethics

    Elizabeth Davy, Harumi Urata-Thompson, Ken Walker

  • NY: 3.5 total: 3.0 professional practice, 0.5 ethics
    NJ: 3.9 general
    CA: 3.5 total: 3.0 general, 0.5 professional responsibility
    PA: 3.0 total: 2.5 general, 0.5 professional responsibility

  • Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Banking Law | Mark Zingale, Chair
    Financial Reporting | David S. Huntington, Chair
    Futures & Derivatives Regulation | Robert M. McLaughlin, Chair
    Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Control | Trevor Saul Norwitz, Chair
    Securities Regulation | Mark Rossell, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Maricela Alfonso | Membership and CLE Relations Associate | (212) 382-6608 |