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 I, faculty Jonathan Dunsmoor will take a high-level view of what a smart contract is and what it means to be compared to a blockchain or other distributed ledger technology. The course will use layman’s terms in connecting the technology to the legal parameters that it can and will affect. This will allow you to speak functionally and correctly about the topic at a basic technology level and will allow you as a lawyer to focus on the more complicated elements of the law as this technology develops and you continue through the course.
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.
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