Murphy & McGonigle announced today that it will host CryptoLex 2018, an inaugural FinTech and blockchain conference that will clarify and provide the most up-to-date guidance on the legal and regulatory framework impacting companies utilizing blockchain, digital ledger technology and cryptocurrencies.
CryptoLex 2018 will take place on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Emerge212 in Midtown Manhattan (1185 Avenue of the Americas). The conference will feature thought leaders from blockchain companies, regulators, academia, legal and financial services organizations.
“There is so much upside potential for companies engaged in digital ledger technology and cryptocurrencies, yet there remains confusion and vague guidance on important legal and regulatory requirements around these emerging technologies and currencies,” said Matthew Comstock, Partner in Murphy & McGonigle’s FinTech & Blockchain Practice. “CryptoLex 2018 will take the pulse on the legal and regulatory environment and provide strategies for those using digital ledger technology, blockchain or cryptocurrencies. If not addressed, these can cause problems for even the most promising companies.”
Speakers at CryptoLex 2018
The broad and diverse lineup of speakers for CryptoLex will address many of the current issues in FinTech and blockchain facing companies today. The confirmed speakers to date include:
- DANIEL ALTER – Partner, Murphy & McGonigle; Architect of the first BitLicense for the New York State Department of Financial Services
- JAMES ANGEL - Associate Professor, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business; Former Chair, Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board
- ABISHEK KUMARASUBRAMANIAN - Lead Architect, Tradewind
- MARGARET LIU - Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Conference of State Banking Supervisors
- ANDREA TINIANOW - Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Global Kompass Strategies; Founding Director, Delaware Blockchain Initiative
- KWON Y. PARK - Director of Business Development at Bittrex
- KATHERINE COOPER – Partner, Murphy & McGonigle; Former Senior Trial Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); Former Chief Regulatory Officer of NYSE Liffe
- MATTHEW COMSTOCK – Partner, Murphy & McGonigle; Former Branch Chief, Division of Trading and Markets, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- ELIZABETH LAN DAVIS – Partner, Murphy & McGonigle; Former Chief Trial Attorney, Division of Enforcement, CFTC
- LARRY BERGMANN – Partner, Murphy & McGonigle; Former Senior Associate Director for Trading Practices and Processing, Division of Market Regulation (now Division of Trading and Markets), SEC
Registration for CryptoLex 2018 runs from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., followed by three panel discussions. The first panel discussion - “Trading Digital Assets,” will start at 3:00 p.m., followed by “A Clash of Cryptosovereigns? The Role of Federalism in the Regulation of Digital Assets” at 4:00 p.m., and “Coins of No Land Meet the Law of the Land” at 5:00 p.m. A CryptoLex networking reception for conference attendees and speakers will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Murphy & McGonigle’s leading FinTech & Blockchain Practice is the sponsor of CryptoLex 2018. The financial services and regulatory law firm consists of leaders from FinTech and regulatory bodies, including Daniel Alter, the architect of the first BitLicense in New York State while serving as General Counsel at the New York State Department of Financial Services; Elizabeth Davis, who recently joined the firm from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission where she was a Chief Trial Attorney; Katherine Cooper, who served as Chief Regulatory Officer of NYSE Liffe, a CFTC-registered futures exchange, and Matthew Comstock, one of 13 Murphy & McGonigle lawyers who previously served at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Comstock was an attorney in the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, where he held the positions of Branch Chief, Special Counsel and Staff Attorney in the Office of Financial Responsibility.
Murphy & McGonigle’s FinTech & Blockchain Practice is one of the few major law firms to feature a website devoted to updates, trends and resources in blockchain, The Blockchain Law Center https://www.blockchainlawcenter.com.