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Blockchain and the Law II: The Federal, State, and Regulatory Landscape

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Produced on July 27, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This series of three programs are designed to be a comprehensive guide to the new practice area of blockchain law. We will examine what blockchain is, also known as distributed ledger technology (“DLT”), and how it is used within our existing and pending laws and regulations both at the various state levels including New York, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, California, Wyoming, and Texas as well federal agencies including U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), U.S. Treasuries Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We will review foundation case law including the relevant factors of the Howey Test to the recently settled SEC vs. Telegram case. The course will focus on the past, present, and future of this technology as it relates to the law and the hurdles that must be overcome both at the startup and developmental business levels, as well as the public company level including Overstock and J.P. Morgan.

In Blockchain and the Law Part II, faculty Jonathan Dunsmoor will expand upon the foundation in the Introduction to Blockchain and the Law and analyze what is occurring in the regulatory and legal frameworks within various state and federal agencies including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the positions taken by federal agencies regarding various types of cryptocurrencies, digital assets, and so-called stable coins
  2. Analyze current case law and the pitfalls within those rulings, including the landmark case of Howey as it relates to the no-action letters by the SEC
  3. Examine Libra and Central Bank Digital Currencies, also known as “global digital currencies”
  4. Discuss the current legal and practical dilemmas that are confronted by the companies in this industry 

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Jonathan C. Dunsmoor

Dunsmoor Law, P.C.

Jonathan C. Dunsmoor, Esq. is a US corporate attorney and international speaker on blockchain and the law. His practice focuses on complex corporate law and regulatory matters including blockchain-related securities offerings, asset management, and digital corporate governance. Mr. Dunsmoor represents private companies, including those exploring blockchain/cryptocurrency opportunities, as well as angel investors and investment funds. He has extensive experience in structuring, negotiating, and consummating public and private securities offerings with a particular focus on technology-driven finance including Crowdfunding, Regulation A+, and Security Token Offerings. He routinely advises large financial institutions and both private and public companies on blockchain technology. Jonathan is the founder and principal of Dunsmoor Law, P.C. and Senior Of Counsel for the New York-based Reid & Wise, LLC with offices in San Francisco and Shanghai.

Bar Admissions:

New York State


Daniel M.

The presenter is doing a good job of identifying issues related to the use of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, in the practice of law, and in other businesses.

Gina D. P.

good presenter

Hilary A.

This guy is great.

Frederick K.

There was a fluctuating volume issue with the recording that made it difficult to understand, compounded by the presenter's tendency to mumble and ramble a bit.

James O.

Great course!!!!

Joseph F.

interesting material, presenter makes it fun.

Melissa G.

This gentleman is excellent

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