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Blockchain & Digital Assets: 2020 Trends and Developments in the Regulatory, Legislative and Enforcement Landscape

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Produced on November 05, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Banking

Course Description

Presented by attorneys Antonia Savaria of Atlantia Advisers and Caroline A. Morgan of Culhane Meadows PLLC, this one-hour program is designed to provide an overview of the legislative and regulatory developments related to FinTech, blockchain, and digital assets in 2020 with highlights from the regulatory response to the 2017 Initial Public Offerings (ICOs) bubble. Practitioners will learn how regulatory agencies such as the SEC, OCC, FDIC, and select state regulators respond to innovation in blockchain and disruptive technologies vis-à-vis established securities and banking laws and regulations, and the US crypto-related enforcement actions and lawsuits that have an effect on the blockchain ecosystem beyond the borders of the US. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze legislative efforts related to blockchain and digital assets with a discussion on 2020 developments
  2. Examine blockchain, crypto and digital assets regulatory developments on a federal level, including the SEC, and select state level, including New York, California, Delaware, Wyoming, and Arizona
  3. Discuss recent enforcement cases and crypto-litigation and the key takeaways

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Caroline A. Morgan

Culhane Meadows

A former partner and claims manager with a global reinsurer, Caroline knows the importance of aligning litigation goals with short and long-term business objectives. She takes a practical, comprehensive and efficient approach to solving clients’ legal problems, investing time to understand their business priorities in order to meet their litigation needs in a cost-effective manner.

Caroline focuses her practice on business litigation, representing companies in a variety of complex commercial disputes. Through her insurance industry experience, she provides informed advice and an insider’s perspective on an array of insurance and reinsurance matters.

In addition to litigation, Caroline counsels companies on navigating state, federal and international data privacy and breach notification laws, including:

  • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • New York’s Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act)

Caroline also assists clients with data security incident plans, privacy policies and achieving cybersecurity best practices to minimize losses. She is a frequent speaker and writer on a wide variety of emerging data privacy and cybersecurity legal developments, in addition to the regulatory and litigation landscape in the digital assets or blockchain/distributed ledger technology space.

Antonia Savaria

Atlantia Advisers, LLC

Antonia advises innovative and disruptive technology firms that utilize distributed ledger/blockchain, digital assets and smart contracts.  She provides strategic, regulatory and transactional advice on matters related to corporate and securities law, regulatory frameworks in the US and select foreign jurisdictions, the New York BitLicense, digital exchanges licensing requirements, as well as C-suite advisory solutions.  She also negotiates and drafts a variety of agreements, including those related to general corporate and governance matters and counsels on matters related to cybersecurity, privacy and AML/KYC.

Antonia has over 15 years of combined experience as an investment management and regulatory compliance attorney, risk management executive, business adviser, and entrepreneur.  She is the Founder and CEO of Atlantia Advisers, a New York City-based strategic advisory, regulatory compliance, and risk management boutique providing solutions to both FinTech and digital assets firms, as well as traditional investment advisers, wealth managers, and hedge funds.  Antonia also assists FinTech and blockchain startups with raising capital. 

Previously, Antonia worked in the investment management space in a number of legal, compliance, and risk management capacities at global multinationals as well as entrepreneurial ventures.  She has extensive experience in legal, regulatory and compliance issues arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Investment Company Act of 1940, SEC and FINRA rules, as well as regulations of the FCA, the Ontario Securities Commission and Autorité des marchés financiers.   

Antonia is a thought leader and frequently writes, speaks, and presents on the blockchain, digital assets, and FinTech topics, as well as cybersecurity and privacy.  She has been published in The New York Law Journal, FinTech Connector, quoted in Hedge Fund Alert and has participated as a speaker in discussions and panels, organized and hosted by Rimes, Stifel, Fox Rothschild, The Monday Club, and the Center of Entrepreneurial Finance and College of Business, Stony Brook University.  Antonia is also a CLE presenter.

Passionate about blockchain and FinTech innovation, Antonia is a member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group and was profiled by the Alliance earlier this year.  She is also a strategic adviser to FinTech Connector, a New York-based mission-driven organization that fosters connection and collaboration among FinTech professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs via community hubs in majors cities worldwide.   Antonia is admitted to practice in New York.




Jeremy K.

More crypto and blockchain courses!

Hubert L.

Very clear and informative.

Thom G.


Nakul W.

Excellent session and material.

Mark S.

Well presented. Thank you.

Andrew B.

Appreciate the state-by-state approach

Lisa C.

Liked the presenters bounced off of each other well.

Stephen Lee H.

This was an OUTSTANDING program with a lot of substance compressed into a short window. I would strongly suggest a follow on 'Advanced' course that speaks to specific current structures and some of the more detailed considerations of using blockchain. For that advanced program, please skip over the ICO / securities aspects and jump more to 'doing business with blockchain' both for crytpo but mostly for non-crypto uses? Would Smart Contracts be a big enough topic? or maybe it's one of a few sections together with Assest and document Ownership and Control, etc. THHANKS TO THE presenters. Very strong program!

Larry P.

Very informative!

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