Blockchain and the legal landscape
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Panelists: James A. Cox, of counsel, Jones Day
Zachary Lynde, CFO, Factom, Inc.
Lacey Shrum, founder, H7 Consulting and Smart Kx
Moderator: Mark Rasmussen, partner, Jones Day
As use cases for blockchain technology and smart contracts continue to emerge, lawyers will need to understand and anticipate important legal issues that need to be resolved for the technology to grow. This panel will discuss key legal issues to consider when advising clients regarding blockchain and smart contract technology, including contract formation issues, relevant regulations, major enforcement actions by federal and state regulators, private litigation, and new legislation. They will also discuss how the legal field might apply existing laws and court precedent to these new technologies.
has more than two decades of legal experience and a background in computer science. Jim Cox has successfully advised clients on their most challenging and difficult matters in litigation and arbitration, including complex technology-related disputes, international disputes, class actions, and disputes involving corporate acquisitions. Jim is now applying that experience to the innovative fields of cryptocurrency and the blockchain, advising clients on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other virtual currencies, as well as on broader applications of blockchain technology.
is an attorney and entrepreneur. Her primary focus is on multiple projects implementing a traditional legal document into smart contracts. She is a member of a hackathon team using blockchain to solve common inefficiencies in the ranching and agriculture industry. In a legal capacity, she advises emerging blockchain companies with business formation, fundraising, and risks particular to this new technology.
Her company H7 Consulting provides compliance consulting for RIA firms and private funds, with a specific focus on digital asset funds. H7 provides fully customized operational controls for new risks associated with digital assets including AML/KYC, personal trading and code of ethics provisions. As a blockchain advocate and educator, Lacey hosts a blog and monthly breakfast aimed at introducing those not traditionally involved in the technology space to blockchain and its effect on their careers, businesses, and lives. She is a regular speaker on blockchain, smart contract use cases and investing in cryptocurrencies.
Zachary Lynde is the Chief Financial Officer at Factom Inc, the leading blockchain for enterprise data. Throughout his career, he has worked with several companies to advise on complex restructurings, globalization, and a range of capital transactions in both high-tech and conventional industries. Zachary currently serves as an advisor to two different international cryptocurrency companies, treasurer/secretary for a company innovating computer Vision and AI globally for enterprises, and Ataq Online, an eSports Gaming company. He is also a member of the Accounting Blockchain Coalition. Zachary is a regularly requested speaker for blockchain accounting, and has addressed the China Blockchain Summit on the topic of Improving Global Liquidity Using Factom as well as a panel on Blockchain Auditability at the Annual Blockchain Coalition Meeting.
, co-chair of the Tech Titans Blockchain Forum, is a seasoned litigator and investigator with more than a dozen years of experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, and bankruptcy litigation. He also advises clients on legal compliance related to cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings (ICOs), smart contracts, and blockchain technology and was recently appointed by Chief Judge Barbara Lynn, of the Northern District of Texas, to be the first ever receiver in an SEC enforcement action involving an ICO promoter. In addition, Mark is co-editor of a forthcoming book entitled Blockchain for Business Lawyers and is a frequent speaker on legal issues related to blockchain technology.
This is the second in a series of three Blockchain Programs.
- Program 1: DLT Technical Issues
- Program 2: DLT Legal Issues
- Program 3: DLT Business Issues (aka realizing ROI)
The Program will assume the audience has basic to medium understanding of DLT concepts.
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Dates & Locations:
- July 11, 11:30am-1pm, Blockchain Technical Issues. Location: BottleRocket
- Sep 25, 11:30am-1pm, Blockchain Legal Issues. Location: Jones Day
- Nov 14, 11:30am-1pm, Blockchain Business Issues. Location: TBD