May 16, 2018Webinar

Blockchain, Digital Currencies & Smart Contracts Webinar Series Library

Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinars

Blockchain and Intellectual Property: Protecting and Harnessing a Cutting-Edge Technology
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Presented by: Justin R. Cruz & Brian T. Mangum

Recent years have seen a sharp increase in efforts to implement and protect blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies. Companies in numerous and varied industries—beyond just the world of finance—are implementing distributed ledger technology (DLT) into their businesses. Michael Best Senior Counsel Justin Cruz and Brian Mangum are hosting a complimentary webinar to discuss the protection of DLTs, as well as current and future implementations of blockchain and DLT to fields like IP analytics and enforcement. The panel will also provide a brief introduction of what blockchain is and how it and related technologies amount to much more than just bitcoin, including how the application of DLT can provide reliable and secure protection of digital assets, and more.

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Cryptocurrency Issuers & Traders Beware: Enforcement Actions and Private Litigation Emerging
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Presented by: Evan S. Strassberg & Steven J. Joffee

Many companies that have issued initial coin offerings (ICOs) are beginning to learn the rules and regulations surrounding the current generation of ICOs and cryptocurrencies the hard way. Michael Best Attorneys Evan S. Strassberg and Steven J. Joffee will discuss the actions regulatory bodies are currently taking, and could be taking in the future, against cryptocurrency issuers and traders. They will also provide an overview of private litigation, particularly putative class actions against companies that have conducted ICOs. 

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"Initial Coin Offerings – Complying with U.S. Securities Laws & Tax Issues"
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Presented by: Brad R. Jacobsen, James R. Kruse, Lyndon L. Ricks, Timothy G. Schally, Evan S. Strassberg & Betsy T. Voter

Earlier this year, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made it clear that the SEC’s approach to compliance with securities laws with respect to initial coin offerings and other cryptocurrency offerings (collectively ICOs) will be to apply the law broadly and take quick action against those who fail to properly comply. With scores of subpoenas issued and actions already filed this year by the SEC, it is clear that strict compliance with securities laws is essential. This webinar will review the securities laws applicable to ICOs, covering everything from exempt private offerings to registered public offerings, and additionally, discuss actions the SEC and plaintiffs' attorneys are taking against ICO issuers. The panel will also discuss the tax implications of different types of “coins” a company may issue.

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Introduction to Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain & Smart Contracts: What They Are and Which Laws & Regulations Apply
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Presented by: Cheryl I Aaron, Brad R. Jacobsen, and Brian T. Mangum

Cryptocurrencies, blockchain software, and smart contracts are more prevalent in the world economy than ever before. In this webinar, our Michael Best Blockchain, Digital Currencies & Smart Contracts Team will explain bitcoin, litecoin, and other cryptocurrencies – what they are, which laws and regulations apply, and how to take advantage of these technologies while avoiding pitfalls that exist in adoption. Blockchain software makes cryptocurrencies work on a daily basis, but can be used for much more. Tremendous potential exists for optimization of existing operations, and even the elimination or reduction in transaction costs. Join us for additional in-depth webinars offered throughout 2018 by the Michael Best Blockchain, Digital Currencies, and Smart Contracts Team.

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