December 10, 2019

The Offices of Morrison & Foerster, LLP | 250 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019


*Agenda is subject to change.

Breakfast & Registration

Chairs’ Opening

  • Dario de Martino, M&A and Private Equity Partner and Co-Chair, Blockchain Practice, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Opening Keynote – From Provenance to Loyalty: Why the Future of Blockchain is Bright

Blockchain has the potential to dramatically shift how businesses and financial institutions exchange data and value. From cross-border payments and provenance to loyalty and national digital currencies, blockchain technology applications are expected to generate $3.1T in business value by 2030. This session will explore how solutions are being built to address the challenges to blockchain adoption and enabling businesses to co-create. We’ll delve into real use cases and solutions that are maximizing the full potential and benefits of blockchain technology.

  • Leandro Nunes, Vice President, Product Development and Innovation, Mastercard


Anti-Money Laundering: Current Trends and Development in the World of Crypto

This panel will focus on anti-money laundering and provide views on current trends and developments with regard to controls, enforcement, and implementation. Among other topics, the panel will discuss FATF’s recommendations for cryptocurrency service providers and FinCEN’s guidance for virtual currencies, AML-related enforcement actions and practical tips to avoid them, and the use of new technologies to comply with anti-money laundering requirements and regulatory expectations.

  • Moderator: Marc-Alain Galeazzi, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Amy Davine Kim, Chief Policy Officer, Chamber of Digital Commerce
  • Robert Farling, Principal, National Leader of AML & Regulatory Compliance, RSM US LLP


Increasing Blockchain Momentum

IBM has been a major player in blockchain for many years as a leader in various platforms, technologies and business use cases. In this session, Eric Piscini will provide lessons learned from launching decentralized solutions involving new business models, new platforms and new consortia and point to indicators that the market is growing to quickly deliver tremendous business value across industries.

  • Eric Piscini, Global Vice President, IBM Blockchain, IBM

Networking Break

Panel – Patents or Trade Secrets: Considerations for Blockchain IP

During this session, we will discuss a number of factors to consider when deciding between patents and trade secrets for protecting blockchain IP. We will analyze the competitive landscape and touch upon open source software and standardizations. We will specifically explore subject matter eligibility, extraterritoriality, and core technology considerations. We will also address strategic patent-related avenues such as expedited examination.

  • Moderator: Mehran Arjomand, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Jean Nguyen, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Dvorah Graeser, , Founder, KISSPatent


Why Blockchain? Eliminating Misinformation and Misunderstandings as Barriers to Value Enablement

At this point we know what blockchain is. We have been inundated with articles, social media posts, presentations and news reports about what this technology is capable of. But why blockchain? In order to win over the hearts and minds of the organization join the discussion as we take a look at the true transformational potential of blockchain. Move beyond the technical side of what blockchain is to understand the business relevance and importance to be able to put the potential of this revolutionary technology in a context that the organization can embrace and onboard.

  • Samantha Radocchia, Co-Founder, Chronicled; Emerging Tech Entrepreneur; Author, Bitcoin Pizza: The No-BS Guide to Blockchain



Interactive Discussion: What is Truly Possible with Blockchain and When Will We See It?

As we are nearly the end of 2019 speculation and hype around blockchain is still prevalent and those who are investing in blockchain are realizing the vast benefits it can provide. They are working with their internal and external partners to overcome hurdles blocking large scale adoption. During this session, explore the most promising applications of blockchain technology today and into the future. The discussion will center around both strategic and tactical perspectives to fully embrace blockchain by the panelists as well as interaction from the audience to gain an understanding of what is real and possible in this exciting space.

  • Moderator: Mike Edelhart, Managing Partner, Social Starts
  • Angel Lorente, Co-founder, FinTech Connector; Americas Finance Innovation Lead, Morgan Stanley
  • Mike Dudas, Founder and CEO, The Block


Key Privacy Challenges for Blockchain

Data privacy laws pose a variety of challenges for blockchain based technologies. There are a myriad of privacy laws, on state and international levels and across a variety of sectors, including the CCPA and the GDPR, that have to be considered. This panel will focus on key privacy and data security law issues that need to be taken into account when building blockchain-enabled platforms, including storing/handling personal information, honoring individual rights requests and meeting cybersecurity compliance requirements. In addition, the panelists will share real use cases on how they are embracing blockchain to protect the data within the confines of current laws and regulations.

  • Moderator: Kristen Mathews, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Al Raymond, Executive Director & Consumer & Community Bank Privacy Lead, JPMorgan Chase.
  • Rajiv Sondhi, Vice President, IT, CapitalOne
  • Thomas Zakrzewski, Head of Blockchain, S&P Global

How are Today’s Dealmakers Capitalizing on the Current Blockchain Environment

Strategic investors and buyers are increasingly active in the blockchain space as they seek to expand their portfolio or enter into new business sectors. As the crypto activity surges, gain insight into the legal and financial issues that need to be considered in order to successfully complete a strategic investment or M&A transaction in the blockchain industry.

  • Moderator: Dario de Martino, M&A and Private Equity Partner and Co-Chair, Blockchain Practice, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Spencer Klein, Partner and Co-Head of M&A, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Shaila Lakhani Ohri, Assistant General Counsel, Exelon
  • Alan Konevsky, Chief Legal Officer, tZERO Group, Inc.
  • Iohann Le Frapper, Chief Legal Officer, Pierre Fabre Group


Networking Break


Update from the SEC-Uncover the Agency’s Role in Working to Promote Innovation

SEC has recently given the green light to a number of cryptocurrency start-ups demonstrating their commitment to aid innovative technology development in the blockchain-enabled digital assets space. During this spotlight address, gain insight into the SEC’s current oversight and regulatory processes. Understand how they are looking to help safeguard assets and provide protection while also promoting advancements. Learn how to navigate successfully through the current rules and regulations to clear up any ambiguity in this ever-evolving landscape and understand how the SEC is committed to promoting, and not hindering, innovations in this space. In conversation with:

  • Susan Gault-Brown, Financial Services Partner, Investment Management Group Chair, & Blockchain Group Co-Chair, Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Jina Choi, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP and former Director of the San Francisco Regional Office, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)


Successful Tokenization of Real-World Assets on Blockchain

In the age of tokenization, the way that we look at investing and owning assets will fundamentally change. While this disruption may cause concern to many it also opens up tremendous opportunities, security, and accessibility. Industry leaders need to understand the successful ways to tokenize real-world assets on blockchain to mitigate risks, seize opportunities and learn to embrace new business models that will enable greater liquidity, faster and cheaper transactions, and transparency. Included in the discussion will be ways you can protect yourself from the current uncertainty or ambiguity in regards to regulatory oversight by embedding compliance at the token level to provide a legal framework for this revolutionary technology to thrive.

  • Mostafa Raddaoui, Vice President of Capital Markets Technology, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group


Panel – Scaling Blockchain Applications, How to Go from Pilot to Implementation

The most vocal skeptics of blockchain question why the realization of the benefits is taking so much time to achieve. The truth of the matter is that blockchain is not a plug and play solution but one that involves many partners, much engagement, and investment of money but more importantly, time. How do you break through the fear factor in many organizations to promote enterprise-wide adoption and engagement? What are some direct activities that you can employ to evolve blockchain from concept to enterprise implementation? How can you create an effective governance platform that will help drive future scalability? Join the discussion as we explore the ways you can collaborate, learn, and create synergies to advance the blockchain ecosystem.

  • Kyle Culver, Lead Enterprise Architect, Humana
  • Karen Bhatia, Senior Vice President, Technology, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Sunayna Tuteja, Head of Digital Assets & DLT, TD Ameritrade
  • Cynthia Yoon, Vice President & Program Management Lead, Treasury and Trade Solutions Innovation, Citi
  • Moderator: Ed Stelzer, Founder, blockAIchain Group


Blockchain, IoT AI and Building a Fully Integrated Tech Stack

When seeking to incorporate Blockchain into your enterprise systems, you must look beyond this single platform to its interaction with other technologies so that you have the most efficient enterprise ecosystem possible. During this session, we will delve into ways to unify Blockchain, AI and IoT with your existing cloud-based computing systems in order to increase transparency, improve security and simplify processes across departments. Uncover the technical and operational roadblocks in interoperability, automation, and data privacy to active breakthroughs in blockchain scalability, privacy, and interoperability.

  • Nikolai Lukin, AVP, Agile & DevOps Lead, MassMutual
  • Yuriy Gizhitsa, Sr. Cloud Architect and Disruptive Technologies Lead, Otis Project, UST Global


Closing Keynote Address: Fireside Chat with the Former Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Troy Paredes, former Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)


Cocktail Reception



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