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Initial Coin Offering

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 59 minutes
Recorded Date: April 25, 2018
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  • Blockchain and ICO Basics
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securities Law Exemption (JOBS Act)
  • Broker/Dealers & Finders
  • ICO: Where the SEC Might Stand
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: April 25, 2018


Initial coin offerings are reshaping the way companies all around the world raise money. In doing so, they are transforming venture capital and finance, as well as the industries relying on them as fundraising vehicles. The panel, with extensive ICO-related experience, will discuss the most recent global developments.

This program was recorded on April 25th, 2018.

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Oga Zalomiy

Law Offices of Oga Zalomiy

Olga Zalomiy is the founder of the Law Offices of Olga Zalomiy, an independent law firm based in Los Angeles. Licensed to practice law in California, New York, the Russian Federation and the European Court of Human Rights (France) (“ECHR”), Ms. Zalomiy combines seventeen years of high level corporate, government, and independent experience, and thorough understanding of international mechanisms for dispute resolution.

At the Law Offices of Olga Zalomiy, Ms. Zalomiy’s principal transactional focus has been in the arena of domestic, Russian and international intellectual property, business, and corporate law issues. She has represented parties in cross-border investment and intellectual property transactions in the United States, the Russian Federation, Europe and ex-Soviet countries. Ms. Zalomiy has extensive expertise in commercial litigation and arbitration. She acted as an arbitrator in international domain name disputes and as a counsel in trademark infringement and unfair competition proceedings before U.S. Federal courts. She litigated business and IP disputes in federal and state courts in California, U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Russian arbitration (commercial) courts, and the European Court of Human Rights.

Her previous legal experience includes six years of in-house counsel experience with the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, where she worked on projects ranging from legal support for building of the bank’s back-bone network to protection of the bank’s interests in the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation. She also advised on cross-border investment transactions for one of the largest firms in southeast Europe and the Middle East.

Ms. Zalomiy received AV? Preeminent™ rating for professional legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell. AV? Preeminent™ and BV? Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Ms. Zalomiy is a Domain Name Panelist with the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Arbitration and Mediation Centre, and with the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (“ADNDRC”); a past Chair of the International Law Section of Los Angeles County Bar Association; a past Vice Chair of the Russia/Eurasia Committee of the American Bar Association International law Section, a former member of Executive Committee of the North American Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

She is educated both as a civil and common law attorney and received her J.D. from the Tomsk State University in Russia, and her L.L.M. from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law.

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Brian Klein

Trial Lawyer
Baker Marquart LLP

Brian Klein is an accomplished trial attorney who has successfully litigated in federal and state court. His practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense matters and civil litigation, and he aggressively and effectively advocates for his clients in a wide variety of state and federal forums. He is a former federal prosecutor with extensive trial experience, and he is known for his superior courtroom skills.

Brian often represents successful entrepreneurs and professionals, iconoclastic companies, celebrities, and high-profile start-ups and fast growing businesses in connection with the most important legal issues facing them whether civil, regulatory, or criminal. As an example, he represents Marcus Hutchins, who is worldwide hero due to his assistance in stopping the “WannaCry” ransomware attack in May 2017, in a prosecution based out of the Eastern District of Wisconsin for alleged cyber-related crimes dating back to 2014-15. As another example, he represents Arthur and Kathleen Breitman, as well as their company, in connection with securities class action lawsuits involving the Tezos crowdfunding, which raised over $230 million. He also successfully defended Cesar Millan (the “Dog Whisperer”) when the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control and District Attorney’s Office investigated allegations of animal abuse tied to one of Mr. Millan’s television shows. The authorities ultimately concluded Mr. Millan did nothing wrong and did not bring any charges. Based on his accomplishments, Brian has been repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (including for 2018 as a Top 100 lawyer overall in Southern California), and he is frequently sought ought by the media to comment on pressing legal issues.

He has extensive experience with cutting-edge technology cases, including representing entrepreneurs, companies, and early adopters in all types of criminal and regulatory defense matters and civil litigation (including bankruptcy proceedings). He founded and chairs the board of directors of the non-profit Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Coalition and chairs the American Bar Association’s blockchain technology, digital currency, and ICO national institute, which took place in New York City this year. He formerly volunteered as the outside general counsel and chair of the legal advocacy committee for the Bitcoin Foundation. He speaks about Fintech around the world, including at global law firms, major payments and technology companies, and industry conferences. Chambers has recognized Brian as “the leading cryptocurrency trial attorney in the USA.”

Brian teaches a criminal practice seminar at the USC Gould School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the states of California, Washington, and New York and before numerous federal courts around the country (including the Central and Northern Districts of California and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York). He graduated from New York University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.

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Mark Hiraide

Mitchell Silderberg & Knupp LLP

Mark T. Hiraide works in the highly specialized and complex area of the law having to do with business finance and raising capital. He represents entrepreneurs, startups, publicly traded companies, directors and officers, broker-dealers, investment bankers, investment advisers and accountants in civil litigation relating to securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and investment management. He counsels public exchange-listed and private companies and their boards of directors, including special committees and senior management, on issues including corporate governance, discharge of fiduciary duties, internal investigations and Securities and Exchange Commission compliance. He represents companies in transactions including securities private placements and public offerings. And he defends parties in civil litigation, government regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, and represents defrauded investors.

He is an authority on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. Mr. Hiraide testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee looking into the law designed to help startups raise money. He is the author of a book on crowdfunding just published by Thomson Reuters. And he is working with the California Legislature to pass a state crowdfunding law he drafted.

Mr. Hiraide offers unique insight and perspective to his clients because of his former position as an SEC attorney and because he has handled both business transactions and courtroom litigation during his three decades as a corporate and securities lawyer.

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