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Manifest Destiny: Risk, Opportunity & Reward Around Digital Currencies

Apr 14 - 15, 2022

Few asset classes are as dynamic or compelling as digital currencies. At once revered and reviled in the court of public opinion, digital currencies balance undeniable promise with manifest concern over its transactional value and regulatory future in an era of aggressive legislation. What is one to make of swirling headwinds poised to redefine crypto markets? Will anticipated oversight bolster or derail palpable momentum heading into 2023?

Please join us for a two-day exploration of risk and reward for the global crypto community. Led by luminaries from corporate, legal, tax, and regulatory quarters, our program offers comprehensive guidance for casual observers and industry veterans interested in the future of finance.

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Event Details

New York, NY & Virtual

$295 (in person) / $349 (virtual)

For questions about this event, please call 1-800-308-1700 or email us at tri@thomsonreuters.com

Why You Should Attend

  • This conference offers a comprehensive look at one of the most significant technological achievements of the past two decades
  • CLE- and CPE-accredited sessions (available for in-person attendees only) will help professionals understand crucial headwinds and regulatory developments impacting their daily workflow
  • Our accomplished faculty offers diverse and nuanced perspectives emblematic of the complex and evolving nature of the crypto markets
  • Attendees will gain value networking opportunities with industry colleagues and luminaries throughout the program

Who Should Attend

  • Financial services & private equity professionals
  • Regulatory professionals
  • Corporate counsel
  • Chief financial officers
  • Chief technology officers
  • Chief compliance and risk officers
  • KYC/AML professionals
  • Regulatory, government, crypto & emerging technologies legal practitioners
  • Tax & accounting professionals

Chair(s) and Faculty

Chair(s) Faculty
David Cass
Senior Partner, Law & Forensics
Bradford Newman
Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Christina Ayiotis
CRM, Cyber Consultant
Britt Biles
Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
Roger Brown
Global Head of Tax Strategy, Chainalysis
Kara Calvert
Head of U.S. Policy, Coinbase
John D’Agostino
Senior Advisor, Coinbase Institutional
Jason Dobbs
Director of Strategic Partnerships, DFINITY
Cristina Dolan
CEO, InsideChains
Todd Ehret
Senior Regulatory Intelligence Expert, Thomson Reuters
Jeremy Estabrooks
Senior Legal Editor, Finance Service, Thomson Reuters
Jeff Gapusan
Vice President of Strategy, Ledgible
Daniel Garrie
Co-Founder of Law & Forensics LLC
Justin Herring
Executive Deputy Superintendent, Cybersecurity Division, New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)
Gabriel Hidalgo
Managing Director, K2 Integrity
Shaun Hunley
Senior Special Editor, Thomson Reuters
Gina Jurva
Manager, Enterprise Content – Corporates & Government, Market Insights & Thought Leadership, Thomson Reuters
Joshua Ashley Klayman
Senior Counsel, U.S. Head of Blockchain & Digital Assets, Linklaters LLP
Dr. Jan Kregel
Director of Research, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
Linda Lerner
Partner, Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP
Alex Levine
Head of Regulatory Affairs & SVP, Legal, Dapper Labs, Inc.
Jeff Lewis
Director of Capital Formation, Pantera
Michael Liftik
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Doug McCalmont
Co-Founder, Chrysalis Digital Asset Exchange
Jacqueline Newman
Managing Partner, Berkman, Bottger, Newman & Schein, LLP
Steve Pearlman
Former Chief Compliance Officer, Revolut
Jorge Pesok
Chief Legal Officer, The HBAR Foundation
Adam Posner
Founder & President, NHP Talent Group
Duane C. Pozza
Partner, Wiley
Joseph Raczynski
Technologist & Futurist, Thomson Reuters
Donna Redel
Professor, Fordham Law & Angel Investor
Elizabeth Roper
Chief, Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, New York District Attorney’s Office
Jennifer J. Schulp
Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, CATO Institute
Rayhaneh Sharif-Askary
Managing Director, Investor Relations, Grayscale Investments
Dr. Sean Stein Smith, DBA, CPA
Assistant Professor, Lehman College, The City University of New York
Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Former District Attorney, New York County
Deepali Vyas
Global Head of FinTech, Payments & Crypto, Korn Ferry
Kate Waltman
Founder & CEO, Fyrst Blockchain Tax & Consulting
Chen Zur
US Blockchain Leader, EY

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Thursday April 14, 2022

8:00AM-9:00AM ET Networking Breakfast
9:10AM-9:15AM ET Opening Remarks
9:15AM-10:15AM ET Promise & Possibility: Assessing Risk and Growth Opportunities in Crypto Investments

If 2021’s record $9.3 billion inflow is any indication, investor appetite for crypto products knows no bounds. According to CoinShares data, Bitcoin and Ether funds lead the charge at nearly 80% of total investments last year, with multi-asset funds finishing a distant third. Grayscale’s prominence as the largest crypto asset manager also remained unchallenged, though a new breed of well-heeled asset managers (Purpose, ProShares, ETC Group) continued an impressive uptick in multi-billion-dollar investment funds over the past two years. All things being equal, one could hardly be faulted for a rosy outlook on 2022. Yet with ongoing price fluctuations marring the start of the new year, has momentum driving the so-called “crypto craze” hit a(n) (unexpected) speed bump? Join us as our veteran panel ponders investor sentiment and crypto outlook in the current climate.

 

Moderator:
Linda Lerner, Partner, Halloran Farkas + Kittila LLP

 

Panelists:
John D’Agostino, Senior Advisor, Coinbase Institutional
Jeff Lewis, Director of Capital Formation, Pantera
Bradford Newman, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Rayhaneh Sharif-Askary, Managing Director, Investor Relations, Grayscale Investments

10:15AM-10:30AM ET Break
10:30AM-11:30AM ET Rip Tide: Visibility & Volatility Around Global Regulation

Just as proliferation and profitability proved a watershed moment for global crypto markets in 2021, so too is an expected deluge of regulatory and legislative activity poised to reimagine the modern crypto landscape over the next twelve months. According to the Law Library of Congress, in addition to staunch anti-crypto stances from China, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, and Oman (among numerous others), forty-two other nations imposed significant restrictions—indeed explicit prohibitions—on crypto bank deals and exchanges over fears of illicit financial crimes or financial destabilization. This conversation ponders global headwinds poised to transform the market. Does aggressive international action imply a similar response from domestic regulatory agencies?

 

Moderator:
Bradford Newman, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

 

Panelists:
Britt Biles, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP
Todd Ehret, Senior Regulatory Intelligence Expert, Thomson Reuters
Steve Pearlman, Former Chief Compliance Officer, Revolut

11:30AM-11:45AM ET Break
11:45AM-12:30PM ET Games of Property: Emergent Tax & Ownership Issues with Cryptocurrencies

Now that cryptocurrencies have hit the mainstream, the newly recalibrated IRS
Form 1040 asks individuals to account for the receipt, sale, or exchange of   virtual currencies during the calendar year. Defined as “property” for federal income purposes, cryptocurrency invites important considerations for investors and business owners preparing their annual returns. More intriguing perhaps, cryptocurrencies also add a new layer of complexity in family law and bankruptcy proceedings where the total value of digital property is often under review. This lively discussion delivers guidance from leading tax and legal professionals on emergent trends surrounding crypto assets at a domestic and commercial level.

 

Moderator:
Jeff Gapusan, Vice President of Strategy, Ledgible

 

Panelists:
Roger Brown, Global Head of Tax Strategy, Chainalysis
Shaun Hunley, Senior Special Editor, Thomson Reuters
Jacqueline Newman, Managing Partner, Berkman, Bottger, Newman & Schein, LLP
Kate Waltman, Founder & CEO, Fyrst Blockchain Tax & Consulting

12:30PM-1:30PM ET Keynote Luncheon: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the DAO”

Please join Baker McKenzie Partner and former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. for a keynote address on his relationship with cryptocurrencies as a chief prosecutor, policy maker, and private citizen.

 

Speaker:
Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Partner & Global Chair, Cybersecurity Practice, Baker McKenzie; former District Attorney, New York County

1:30PM-2:30PM ET Unbounded Expanse: Opportunity, Oversight, and the Future of Stablecoin

In recent remarks to the FDIC, OCC, and President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG), US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen praised stablecoins as “well-designed” and imbued with remarkable “potential to support beneficial payments options” in a manner wholly unique to other digital monies. Cognizant of stablecoin’s enhanced market popularity, Yellen also conceded that, despite the asset’s ostensive resistance to price fluctuations, current regulatory oversight remains too “inconsistent” and “fragmented” to fully curtail investment risk—a fact not lost on Capitol Hill. This session offers a nuanced look at the transformative potentiality and evolving risk environment facing stablecoins today. How assured should investors feel in the current climate? Could anticipated regulatory action help or hinder stablecoin’s appeal and popularity? And what impact could stablecoin truly have on established financial services providers?

 

Moderator:
Dr. Sean Stein Smith, DBA, CPA, Assistant Professor, Lehman College, The City University of New York

 

Panelists:
Kara Calvert, Head of U.S. Policy, Coinbase
David Cass, Senior Partner, Law & Forensics LLC
Gabriel I. Hidalgo, Managing Director, K2 Integrity
Donna Redel, Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law & Angel Investor

2:30PM-2:45PM ET Break
2:45PM-3:45PM ET Evolving Wilds: The Emerging Legal Landscape for NFTs

As fledgling cryptographic assets on the blockchain, non-fungible tokens
(NFTs) garner significant buzz across popular culture and the legal community. Consumers and investors see tremendous commercial upside, while members of the regulatory, tax, and enforcement community share myriad concerns over intellectual property rights, cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, asset classification, and more. This timely presentation offers a crucial update on the developing US regulatory infrastructure in 2022 and beyond.

 

Moderator:
Alex Levine, Head of Regulatory Affairs & SVP, Legal, Dapper Labs, Inc.

 

Panelists:
Joshua Ashley Klayman, Senior Counsel, U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain & Digital Assets, Global Tech Sector Co-Head, Linklaters LLP
Michael Liftik, Co-Chair, SEC Enforcement Practice and Co-Managing Partner, Washington DC, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Chen Zur, US Blockchain Leader, EY

3:45PM-4:00PM ET Break
4:00PM-5:00PM ET Internal Affairs: Managing Enforcement Action Around Crypto Crime

According to Chainalysis, crypto crime has surged since the start of the pandemic, accounting for $3.2 billion of lost cryptocurrency in 2021 alone. Whether through direct scams or exchange theft, crypto criminals are deploying increasingly sophisticated techniques—and often taking advantage of lax security measures—to acquire funds both foreign and domestic. In response, significant federal countermeasures spearheaded by the Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework and newly created US Department of Justice’s National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET) are investigating and prosecuting criminal actors, including financial entities who (unknowingly) enable bad behavior. This panel explores best practices and legal considerations throughout the investigatory process. What risks and liabilities should employers consider in the near- and far-term? Are mitigation strategies such as crypto insurance a prudent investment for companies?

 

Moderator:
Gina Jurva, Manager, Enterprise Content – Corporates & Government, Thomson Reuters


Panelists:
James Eckel, Special Agent, Cyber Crimes Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Justin Herring, Executive Deputy Superintendent, Cybersecurity Division, New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)
Elizabeth Roper, Chief, Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, New York County District Attorney’s Office

5:00PM-6:00PM ET Networking Reception

Please join us for drinks as we wrap up the day’s discussions.

Friday April 15, 2022

8:00AM-9:00AM ET Networking Breakfast
9:00AM-10:00AM ET Supply and Demand: Winning the Crypto Talent War

In response to the exponential growth of blockchain and decentralized finance systems, many employers and exchanges find themselves competing for top-notch talent, with stakes growing higher by the day. Whether at large institutional banks or startups and federal agencies, demand for skilled labor—from engineering to marketing—is forcing many to reimagine how and who each recruits and develops as the future of finance takes shape. What skills do employers value most among top candidates? What resources are proactive organizations allocating toward training or retaining key employees? How robust is the talent pipeline at the academic level or across industries? Join us as our veteran industry leaders discuss.

 

Moderator:
Daniel Garrie, Co-Founder, Law & Forensics, LLC

 

Speakers:
Christina Ayiotis, Esq. CRM, Cyber Consultant
Adam Posner, Founder & President, NHP Talent Group
Deepali Vyas, Global Head of FinTech, Payments & Crypto, Korn Ferry

10:00AM-10:15AM ET Break
10:15AM-11:15AM ET “Zones of Sovereignty”: Is the Future Multichain?

For years, blockchain has thrived on its enhanced security protocols and transactional integrity. Yet in the wake of significant breaches in the cross-chain protocol Poly Network and Wormhole Bridge, pointed questions over the inherent vulnerabilities of blockchain platforms suggest profound and fundamental changes ahead. As Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin presciently warned, cross-chain ecosystems, while not without their merits, are always already at greater risk than, say, bridges with multi-chain security, a platform whose intrinsic protocol rules could help theoretically curtail “systemic contagion.” This conversation explores the future of blockchain security. Is the crypto industry sufficiently prepared for the next incursion?

 

Moderator:
Joseph Raczynski, Technologist & Futurist, Thomson Reuters

 

Panelists:
Jason Dobbs, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DFINITY
Christina Dolan, Chief Executive Officer, InsideChains
Doug McCalmont, Co-Founder, Chrysalis Digital Asset Exchange
Jorge PesokChief Legal Officer, The HBAR Foundation

11:15AM-11:30AM ET Break
11:30AM-12:30PM ET Paradigm Shift: Accessibility, Transparency, and the Social Impact of Money

A core if perhaps understated dimension to digital currency is its inherent potential toward the democratization of money and redistribution of wealth from Wall Street (or the government) to the people. As several prominent economists observe, our global financial system strongly favors the wealthy vis-à-vis accessibility, profitability, and overall security. Yet, in digitizing currency, the financial services playing field is theoretically leveled for indigent or unbanked members of society to save and transact with ease. Cash, after all, is but a means to an end. And cryptocurrencies, internationally recognizable and requiring little to no challenge to transport, are poised to fundamentally reshape the future of cash in both mature and emerging markets. This conversation straddles philosophical and practical boundaries in pondering the future and social impact of money. How can digital currencies alleviate—or even perhaps inflame—modern economic disparity?

 

Moderator:
Jeremy Estabrooks, Senior Legal Editor, Finance Service, Thomson Reuters

 

Panelists:
Christina Ayiotis, Esq. CRM, Cyber Consultant
Dr. Jan Kregel, Director of Research, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College
Jennifer J. Schulp, Director of Financial Regulation Studies, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, CATO Institute

12:30PM ET Conclusion

The Westin Grand Central

The Westin Grand Central
212 East 42nd Street (at 3rd Ave.)
New York, NY 10017
212.490.8900

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A room block at the Westin Grand Central has been arranged for conference attendees at a negotiated rate of $219.00/night plus taxes for the dates of Wednesday, April 13 through Friday, April 15. Interested parties may leverage the following link to secure their room:

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