Fintech 2019: A Regulatory Overview of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Digital Coins & Tokens

Originally held on Friday, November 8, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Program Chair:

Adele Hogan
Hogan Law Associates

  • An expert panel will examine Blockchain, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, virtual wallets, machine learning and Fintech from a regulatory perspective, including:

    • Blockchain global coin and private coin usage – commodity vs. security
    • Foreign exchange issues with blockchain, including solutions to money transmitter issues
    • How to respond to regulatory inquiries from the SEC, CFTC, FinCEN or others
    • Ethical issues relating to the new regulations, policies and enforcement initiatives

    Who Should Attend:
    In-House and Outside Counsel Lawyers who practice in finance, securities, lending, M&A, litigation, anti-financial crimes, compliance, risk, investment management and regulatory areas.

    OnDemand: $189 for Members | $289 for Nonmember
    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2017-2019), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges (and their staff who are also members), or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Gavin Fearey
    Winstead PC

    Joshua Ashley Klayman

    Brian S. Korn
    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Linda Lerner
    Crowell & Moring LLP

    Stuart Levi
    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

    Byron Rooney
    Davis Polk & Wardwell

    Lee A. Schneider
    General Counsel

    Andrew N. Siegel
    General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
    Galaxy Partners

    Joel Telpner
    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

    Harumi Urata-Thompson
    Consultant, HUT Consulting

    David Weild IV
    Weild & Co


    9:00 am – 10:00 am The Basics of Blockchain, Distributed Ledgers, Bitcoin and ICOs

    • Legal aspects of blockchain and distributed ledgers
    • Bitcoin, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and token offerings
      • Stable coins
      • Bitcoin
      • Libra and other coins for retailers and social media groups
    • Where to set up blockchain businesses and how to get licenses
    • Logistics
      • Power
      • Mining
      • Wallets
      • Custody
      • Jurisdictional issues

    Stuart Levi, Mark Santori, Joel Telpner

    10:00 am – 10:45 am Operational Issues with Blockchain

    • Typical terms and documentation
      • White papers
      • Role of foundations and other structures
    • Registration and licensing requirements
      • Money transmitter
      • Bitlicenses
      • Federal and state securities laws and sandboxes
      • Banking– payments and foreign exchange connections to blockchain
      • Trading, custody, exchanges, settlement, derivatives, structured finance and other innovative products work
    • Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Future & Trade Commission (CFTC) and New York State Department of Financial Services (NYS DFS), States and Non-US regulators
    • Market size and trends

    Brian Korn, Byron Rooney, Andrew Siegel, David Weild IV

    10:45 am – 11:00 am Break
    11:00 am – 12:00 am Blockchain Solutions – Usage Blockchain, Digital Assets, Distributed Ledgers, and Cryptocurrencies in Other Industries

    • Where else is blockchain useful in FinTech
    • Gaming
    • Food supply
    • Transportation and logistics
    • Real estate
    • Insurance
    • Cryptography and no central party verification
    • Many other uses
    • Compliance and regulatory solutions – know your customer (KYC)
      • Anti-money laundering
      • OFAC
      • Cybersecurity
    • Tax solutions
    • Audit solutions
    • Trademarks and patents
    • Ways to improve business plans to get financing of a blockchain business
      • Venture capital
      • Established companies

    Lewis Cohen, Donna Parisi, Lee Schneider

    12:00 pm– 1:00 pm Ethics of Bitcoin and ICOs Enforcement

    • Enforcement and litigation review – how to avoid pitfalls
      • Ethics: unauthorized practice of law with different jurisdictions, competency and advocacy restrictions
    • Custody issues for cryptocurrencies
      • Ethics: confidentiality, competency
    • Accounting and audit considerations
      • Ethics: organization as client
    • Other current developments
      • Ethics: giving advice, confidentiality

    Gavin Feary, Joshua Klayman, Linda Lerner, Harumi Urata-Thompson


  • CLE Credit
    New York:
    4.0 Total: 3.0 Professional Practice, 1.0 Ethics
    New Jersey:
    4.4 total: 3.2 general & 1.2 professional responsibility
    3.5 total: 2.5 general & 1.0 professional responsibility
    3.5 total: 2.5 general & 1.0 professional responsibility

    Please Note: Newly admitted NY attorneys cannot fulfill ethics or skills credits through our on-demand programs under OCA rules. For more information on this, please see

  • Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Banking Law, Gregory J. Lyons, Chair
    Private Investment Funds, Rebecca F. Silberstein, Chair
    Securities Regulation, David S. Huntington, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 |