(In-Person) Blockchain Institute 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
(Includes Networking Reception)

Program Co-Chair:
Nicholas Bruno
Mischel & Horn, PC
Program Co-Chair:
Tyler Yagman
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

  • This Institute will provide a comprehensive understanding of the legal and regulatory issues surrounding blockchain technology and digital assets. Six panels of experts will discuss the nuanced regulatory frameworks involving securities, commodities, banking, and taxation within the US and abroad. Experts will provide insight as to the successes and pitfalls of piece-meal regulation, and discuss how guidance and foreign regulators could shape future US policies. An expert panel will afford attorneys an opportunity to understand the current legal issues that impact the development and use of blockchain technology and digital assets.

    Program Fee:
    $599 for Members | $699 for Nonmembers
    In-House, Government, Nonprofit or Academics: $299 for Member | $399 for Nonmembers

  • Cyavash Ahmadi
    Eversheds Sutherland

    Miriam Bazan
    Innovation Officers
    US OCC Treasury

    Ronnie H. Brandes
    Senior Assistant General Counsel
    Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

    Lewis Cohen
    DLx Law

    Steven T. Cummings
    Greenberg Traurig LLP

    Jason P. Gottlieb
    Morrison Cohen LLP

    Michael Held
    Wilmer Hale

    Eric Hess
    Hess Legal

    Elizabeth A. Kudirka
    Special Agent, FBI

    Kari Larsen
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    Kristy Littman
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    James McDonald
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

    Steven S. McNew
    Senior Managing Director
    FTI Consulting

    Emily Meyers
    General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
    Electric Capital

    Chris Mitchell
    CJPM Law Offices

    Stephen D. Palley
    Brown Rudnick LLP

    Anita Ramaswamy
    Reporter, TechCrunch

    Kayvan B. Sadeghi
    Jenner & Block

    Jason Schwartz
    Fried Frank

    Robert A. Schwinger
    Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

    Liat Shetret
    Director, Global Policy and Regulation

    Tiffany J. Smith
    Wilmer Hale

    Anna Soubbotina
    Principal, Transfer Pricing Practice
    Charles River Associates

    Bert Stemmler
    Head of Legal & Compliance
    Open Web Collective

    David Whitaker
    DLA Piper

    Daniel R. William
    Charles River Associates

    Chen Xu
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    David Zaslowsky
    Baker McKenzie

  • 9:00am – 9:10am
    Introduction of Topic and Panelists

    9:10am – 10:20am
    The (Un)Coordinated Inter-Regulatory Response to Digital Assets
    ● DAOs
    ● Lending Agreements
    ● Jurisdiction (CFTC/SEC)
    ● Recent Cases
    ● Market Manipulation and Insider Trading Issues
    ● Exchanges
    Panel Leader: Kayvan B. Sadeghi
    Speakers: Lewis Cohen, Jason Gottlieb, Kristy Littman, Tiffany Smith, David Zaslowski

    10:20am – 10:30am

    10:30am – 11:30am
    Banking on Crypto
    ● Current and Future US Banking Hurdles with Digital Asset Companies
    ● International Solutions to Banking with Digital Asset Companies
    Panel Leader: Anita Ramaswamy
    Speakers: Miriam Bazan, Emily Meyers, David Whitaker, Dan William, Chen Xu

    11:30pm – 12:30pm
    Networking Luncheon

    12:30pm – 1:30pm
    Stablecoins and Digital Fiats
    ● Stablecoins
    ● Terra/Luna Event
    ● The Digital Dollar”: The Rise of Fiat Digital Currencies
    Panel Leader: Le’el Sinai
    Speakers: Michael Held, Stephen Palley, Prat Vallabhaneni

    1:30pm – 2:30pm
    Licensing and Taxation
    ● Bitlicense and other local licensing
    ● Wyoming
    ● Mining & Staking
    ● Retirement Taxation
    ● Taxation of Digital Assets
    Panel Leader: Eric Hess
    Speakers: Cyavash Ahmadi, Steven Cummings, Liat Shetret, Anna Soubbotina

    2:30pm – 2:45pm
    Coffee Break

    2:45pm – 3:45pm
    What is a Security Token and Why it Matters
    Panel Leader: Tyler Yagman
    Speakers: Eric Hess, Chris Mitchell, Robert A. Schwinger, Bert Stemmler

    3:45pm – 4:50pm
    “Lean on Me”: How Interagency Cooperation Assists Crypto Regulation
    • Recent Cases/ Current Case Law
    • Environmental Impact/Regulation re Mining
    • State and Federal Agency Coordination and Cooperation
    • International Regulatory Agency Coordination and Cooperation
    Panel Leader: Ronnie H. Brandes
    Speakers: Cyavash Ahmadi, Kari Larsen, Steven S. McNew

    4:50pm – 6:00pm
    Networking Reception

  • New York: 7.5 PP
    New Jersey: 7.7 General
    California: 7.5 General
    Pennsylvania: 6.0 General

  • Thank You To Our Sponsors:

    Platinum Sponsor:

    Silver Sponsors:

    Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Banking Law, Adele Hogan, Chair  
    Compliance, Patrick T. Campbell & Adam Felsenthal, Co-Chairs
    Digital Technologies Task Force, Lorraine S. McGowen, Edward So & Jerome Walker, Co-Chairs
    Technology, Cyber & Privacy Law, Wesley Paisley & Adam Wandt, Co-Chairs

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Yelena Balashchenko, Manager, Business Development & Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | ybalashchenko@nycbar.org