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Legal Considerations and Governance/Standardization of Blockchain

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 122 minutes
Recorded Date: January 28, 2019
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  • Benefits and risks of Blockchain implementation
  • How does standardization help address risk/benefits?
  • Tax considerations
  • Insights and projections
Runtime: 2 hours
Recorded: January 28, 2019


Similar to all newly arrived technologies, blockchain and its users are working in a world with limited governance and regulation. As blockchain gradually plays a bigger transforms the business of law, what are the legal ramifications we can expect to arise? Join this session as we cover the legal considerations, governance issues and the concept of standardization within blockchain.

This program was recorded as part of ALM's Legalweek Conference on January 28th, 2019.

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Rob Massey

Partner, Global Blockchain Leader for Tax
Deloitte US

Rob Massey is a tax partner with more than 18 years of professional experience in tax consulting for technology companies and expertise in blockchain and cryptocurrency. He serves companies throughout the cryptocurrency ecosystem inclusive of miners, specialty chip design and manufacturing, payment processing, wallet hosting, server hosting, exchanges, ETFs, venture capital, and protocol development. Rob is a leader among Deloitte’s blockchain and cryptocurrency efforts, advising on internal Deloitte use cases and experiments, assisting teams with external proofs of concept, and also working with clients on the application of blockchain and usage of cryptocurrency in their business.

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Kristen Johns

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Kristen Johns is a transactional patent attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Kristen’s experience intersects privacy, security, technology and intellectual property, and she leads the firm’s distributed ledger/blockchain practice. As a registered patent attorney, Kristen helps clients protect and maximize their intellectual property assets and advises clients on a broad range of issues, including patent and trademark strategies, data privacy and security matters, cybersecurity and cloud-related issues with a particular focus on issues related to emerging technologies.

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Kris kersey

Blockchain Director Lead

Kris is a Director in PwC’s Emerging Technologies and New Services consulting practice focusing on digital transformation and Blockchain/Distributed Ledger service offerings.

He is a seasoned leader and trusted advisor with proven success collaborating with Fortune 100 clients across multiple industries including Financial Services, Media/Technology, Manufacturing, Consumer Retail and Government.

Kris Brings strong executive communications, disciplined execution and problem solving/analytical capabilities to bear to help business partners both define and execute against strategic objectives

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Alfred Browne

Partner & Co-Chair, FinTech Practice
Cooley, LLP

Alfred L. Browne, III is a member of Cooley's M&A group and co-chair of the firm's Fintech practice, with a particular emphasis on private equity and complex transaction in the technology sector. His clients include strategic and financial buyers and sellers in public and private acquisitions, including private equity sponsored leveraged buyouts and take-private transactions. Al also has significant experience counseling boards of directors in connection with mergers and acquisitions and related governance and anti-takeover matters. Al has experience representing a broad range of technology companies including financial technology, software, healthcare IT, telecommunications and services companies.

Alfred received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1994.

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Joshua A. Klaymann

Founder & Managing Member
Klaymann, LLC

Joshua Ashley Klayman is one of the best known Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers in the world. Recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the top 12 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers globally, Ms. Klayman is the Managing Member of Klayman LLC, a boutique blockchain law firm based in New York, and the CEO of Inflection Point Blockchain Advisors, LLC, a blockchain consulting firm. Previously, she co-founded, and led for over two years, a prestigious global law firm's Blockchain Smart Contracts Group, which included well over 70 lawyers worldwide. Ms. Klayman is the Chair of the prominent Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Legal Working Group and is a member of the global Wharton RegTech think tank. In addition, she has been appointed by the Delaware Secretary of State to serve on Delaware’s Blockchain Strategy Committee, founded the Blockchain Legislation Project and frequently speaks with regulators from around the world regarding Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency matters. Ms. Klayman also is a founding member of the Digital Future Council, a co-founder of Diversity in Blockchain, Inc. and a founding member of Collective Future. Ms. Klayman works collaboratively with Blockchain leaders from other law firms, clients and the broader community to advance the industry, anticipate and address regulatory concerns and seize strategic opportunities.

According to Chambers and Partners’ inaugural Professional Advisers: FinTech (2018), Ms. Klayman is “[….]an up-and-coming star in the blockchain space. One highly regarded contemporary described her as being ‘very good - very thoughtful and with the appropriate talents. She deserves a lot of credit.’" Additionally, Chambers and Partners’ “State of the ICO Market – A GC’s View,” by Emma Channing, CEO & General Counsel of the Satis Group (formerly CEO and General Counsel of the Argon Group) described Ms. Klayman as being “highly talented.” Ms. Klayman was named to Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Area “Rising Star” and “Top Women Attorneys” list(s) in 2015, 2016 and 2017, in the areas of Securities & Corporate Finance, Banking, and Business/Corporate Law. She has been named one of six "Lawyers Calling the Shots in the Crypto World" by The Information, and was only one of two lawyers in private practice to be named by BCB Group to its list of "Women to Watch in Crypto & Blockchain." Decade of Women named Ms. Klayman one of the "Top 10 Frontier Women in Blockchain and Digital Assets" in connection with the launch of the United Nation's Decade of Women.

Ms. Klayman is a recognized thought leader in the Blockchain space and frequently writes and speaks about Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrencies. She has discussed Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency on television, including on Bloomberg TV and Today’s Verdict with David Lesch, and has been featured in podcasts, including Forbes’ Unchained podcast,’s Unprecedented podcast, and The Third Web podcast. Ms. Klayman’s writings have been featured in several major publications, including Forbes, Coindesk and Crowdfund Insider. She is quoted regularly in prominent news media, including CNNMoney, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNBC, ABC News, the Japan Times, The Deal, Fortune, The Street, Reuters, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Associated Press, American Banker, Law360, Bank Innovation, the Korea IT Times and Global Capital, among others, for her expertise. Ms. Klayman co-authored the Cardozo Blockchain Project’s Report Not So Fast – Risks Related to the Use of a “SAFT” for Token Sales, and she has spoken at many industry leading events, including Consensus Invest, Blockchain at Berkeley’s ICO Financing 2017 Conference, Cardozo Law’s Tech Talk: Structuring Legally Compliant Token Sales, Techup for Women, Columbia University’s Beyond Blockchain – Emerging Markets for Decentralized Applications, Cornell University’s (and IC3’s) Inaugural Year Workshop: Blockchains, Blockchain Economic Forum and at Wharton. She is active in many industry groups, including the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Legal Working Group, IC3, ISDA’s Smart Contracts Legal Working Group and the Accord Project.

Ms. Klayman’s practice focuses primarily on Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency matters. She regularly represents token sellers, cryptocurrency exchanges and relayers, venture, hedge and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, token marketers and broker-dealers, funds interested in trading digital assets, major global investment banks, financial institutions and asset managers, and others in the space. She advises clients ranging from Fortune 500 and well known publicly traded organizations to emerging companies. By background, Ms. Klayman is a finance and corporate attorney and spent well over a decade representing lenders and borrowers in leveraged finance transactions involving senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt and equity offerings and co-investments, as well as in general lending matters. In her corporate practice, Ms. Klayman represents public and private organizations in a broad array of commercial transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, as well as royalty purchase and licensing transactions) and corporate governance matters.

Ms. Klayman is passionate about the advancement and promotion of women, particularly in the legal and technology fields, and is the mother of five children.

While at a prominent global law firm, Ms. Klayman was a member of the firm-wide Women’s Strategy Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the New York Women’s Affinity Group. In addition, Ms. Klayman was active in diversity recruiting efforts and founded and served as the senior advisor for such firm's pro bono name change practice, assisting low-incomed transgender men and women. Ms. Klayman is a member of the Steering Committee for the New York City Opera and supports non-profit organizations that benefit children and the arts. She also has been named to the “Roll of Honor” for exemplary pro bono service by the First Judicial District (Philadelphia, PA).

For several years, Ms. Klayman served as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she taught “U.S. Business Planning for International Transactions,” a capstone seminar for J.D. and L.L.M. candidates.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Klayman served as Corporate Consultant, Global Accounts for a global, publicly traded organizational consulting and career transition firm and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Special Projects for a nationally recognized political watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Klayman received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law Faculty Scholar and a member of the Temple Law Review. Ms. Klayman has been admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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