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What Lawyers Need to Know About Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

SKU: FINTECH300N
Total Credits
2.5 - 3.4
Price$150
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Description

This CLE program will explore the rapidly evolving hype and reality of blockchain technology, including recent legal developments and how to advise your clients. The following topics will be covered: data security, privacy, intellectual property and ownership, monetization of data, regulation, product liability, automated contracts, IoT advocacy, application program interfaces and ethical issues involved in data collection and sharing. Highlights of the Program include:

The Internet of Things and the Blockchains: What are they?

  • Demystifying IOT: get the background and move beyond buzzwords
  • Blockchain explained: a brief history, the basics and more
  • Understand how interactions occur in an internet-everything world

Key considerations when advising clients on Blockchain and IOT

  • Examine legal pitfalls and the regulatory framework
  • Discover how to advise on data use, contracts and software licensing
  • Ways to navigate through ownership and intellectual property issues
  • Reviewing the characterization of a cryptocurrency or token from a securities law perspective
  • Designing token issuance and software development entity structures
  • Reviewing the terms of ICO documentation such as terms and conditions, information disclosures and privacy statements
  • Advising on AML/KYC requirements and ICO participation restrictions

Lecturer Bios

Joseph J. Bambara, Esq.

Joseph J. Bambara is currently In House Counsel and a VP of technology architecture at UCNY, Inc. His e-mail address is jbambara@ucny.com. For the last 15 years, he has been acting as Counsel for small to mid-size technology firms in the metro area. Most recently, he has worked on cloud computing, social networking, mobile media and outsourcing contracts. He has done work with intellectual property especially as it pertains to mobile and enterprise software, SMS mobile marketing issues as well as trade/service marks. In addition to presentations at Lawline, he has done CLE’s on law and technology for New York County, the New York City Bar Association and National Constitution Center. Prior entrepreneurial career includes developing applications for the financial, brokerage, manufacturing, medical, and entertainment industries on the mobile and enterprise platforms. Mr. Bambara has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Computer Science. He holds a Juris Doctorate in Law and is admitted to the New York State Bar. He has taught various computer courses for CCNY's School of Engineering. He is member of the New York County Lawyers Association Cyberspace Committee and an active member in the International Technology Law Association. He has authored the following books: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051) (McGraw-Hill, 2007), J2EE Unleashed (SAMS 2001), PowerBuilder: A Guide To Developing Client/Server Applications (McGraw-Hill, 1995), Informix: Client/Server Application Development (McGraw-Hill, 1997), Informix: Universal Data Option (McGraw-Hill, 1998), SQL Server Developer's Guide (IDG, 2000). He has taught numerous courses and given many presentations on all aspects of the law and enterprise and mobile development in cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Orlando, Nashville, New York, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm.

M. Ridgway Barker, Esq.

Ridge is actively engaged in the full range of corporate and business legal and transactional matters, including debt financings, general corporate and securities matters, partnership transactions, public reporting, public and private securities offerings, recapitalization, spin-offs, stock and asset acquisitions, divestures, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance, corporate governance, capital markets (IPOs and other registered offerings, SPACs, Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, asset securitizations and credit facilities), private equity and venture capital, equity and executive compensation, internal investigations, and corporate control litigation, among other areas. As a trusted advisor for small to medium-sized domestic and international public and private companies across a whole range of legal issues and business needs, he regularly represents clients on both highly complex, sensitive and confidential matters as well as routine day-to-day needs.

He also has broad experience in a variety of financial, accounting and supervisory roles involving corporate finance, corporate and strategic transactions and development activities, executive compensation, operations and corporate governance.

Ridge’s clients span a wide range of industries including telecommunications, technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, manufacturing, broker-dealer, investment advice and financial services and retail.

Ridge’s transactional work ranges from opportunity creation, investigation and development through structuring, analysis, negotiation, problem-solving, closing and post-transaction implementation. He uses total quality and project management concepts to maximize transaction values and minimize transaction costs.

Prior to joining Withers, Ridge was a Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, a New York- based international law firm, where he was the Chairman of the Corporate Finance & Securities Practice Group.



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