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[Event] Understanding Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain & Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

JL Law


The huge expansion in Bitcoin & digital currencies and ICOs in states across the nation and globally has led to a significant need for attorneys proficient in the cutting-edge use of related legal and regulatory issues.

The laws vary greatly and have been in flux with the proliferation of Fortune 500 companies, governments, and start-ups seeking to take advantage of this growing use of currency.

The faculty for this seminar features several leading authorities on the subject. This comprehensive program on virtual currency law will introduce you to the most relevant issues and practical solutions in order to advise and represent your clients effectively.

June 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

The DoubleTree Downtown Los Angeles
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking: Discounted $15 valet and $10 self park at hotel. Enter through valet/main entrance on Los Angeles Street.

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Full Agenda Below:

9:00 – 10:00
Key Technical Concepts to Understand in Blockchain

  • Basics of how Bitcoin works
  • Ethereum and smart contracts
  • Coins vs Tokens, ERC-20
  • Public vs permissioned blockchains
  • When do you really need a blockchain?
  • Quick survey of key applications and alt-coins

10:00 – 10:45
Securities v. Utilities

  • Howey & its progeny
  • SEC Enforcement Cases
  • SEC Receivership Cases

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00

Regulation S and Foreign Securities Regulation

  • Regulation S
  • International Regulations

12:00 – 12:15

Final Q/A

12:15 – 1:15
(on your own)

1:15 – 2:00
Exemptions for ICOs

  • Securities registration & jurisdictional issues
  • Characteristics of ICOs
  • Private exemptions
  • JOBS Act exemptions
  • Other exemptions
  • Concurrent offerings

2:00 – 2:45
Secondary Market Trading

  • Distinguishing cryptocurrency and “non-dilutive equity” tokens from tokenized shares
  • Newly emerging regulated blockchain trading forums:  tZERO, other ATSs and commodities exchanges
  • Public information and reporting requirements for secondary market trading
  • SEC scrutiny on companies already public that expand into crypto
  • General restrictions on resales in Reg D, Reg A, Reg S offerings

2:45 – 3:30
Legal Issues Affecting Investing & Mining Companies 

  • Forming a mining company
    • Distribution of currencies
    • Fundamental tax considerations
    • SEC guidance
    • Contract drafting issues
  • Currency Investment Funds
    • Regulatory and reporting challenges for private investment funds
    • Understanding the application of broker dealer requirements
    • Emerging SEC guidance on exchanges

3:30 – 3:45

3:45 – 4:30
Other Regulation Affecting ICOs

  • USA Commodities regulations and laws in the ICO space and why it is important
  • Wyoming’s new regulatory regime for cryptocurrency and blockchain, and how it may work with cryptocurrency laws of other countries
  • AML, OFAC, KYC and similar regulations in USA and other countries

4:30 – 5:15
Launching & Marketing a Successful ICO

  • KYC/AML/OFAC – Service providers and challenges
  • Investor Accreditation – Service providers and challenges
  • Technological Security
    • Risks
    • Challenges
    • Solutions
  • Operational Security
    • Risks
    • Threat model – Phishing attempts, phone porting
    • Solutions
  • Building versus renting versus listing on another platform
  • What is a bounty campaign?
  • The importance of airdrops (giving away free tokens) Treasure hunts
  • Telegram management (real people answering questions)
  • Social media influencers
  • PR firms
  • Conferences

5:15 – 5:30
Final Q/A


To learn more about the JOBSAct you can visit: infographic-guide-to-jobs-act-crowdfunding