• Tokenizing Intellectual Property: End Alzheimer's

    Neuroscience, finance and law at its finest (+drinks/music) Big Pharma has given up on the search to cure Alzheimer’s. But we don’t have to! IKU is partnering with MakerDAO to create the first IKU Neuro DRO (decentralized research organization) to stop Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative disease. We are tokenizing the intellectual property of a scientific breakthrough, a new BIOMARKER, that may end Alzheimer's Disease and establish the foundation of the NeuroDRO. The DRO - an open p2p digital network where contributors can have as little, or as much SKIN IN THE GAME as they like - will develop and own the research addressing the prevention of neuro-degeneration. The beauty here is that we already have a scientific breakthrough to seed the DRO, as well as the necessary clinical trial lined up to execute by CRO Prodrome Sciences, with research supported by: • University of Pennsylvania • Duke University • Alzheimer's Association • U.S. National Institutes of Health • SENS Research Foundation While we are initially focused on Alzheimer's, the scientific breakthrough has significant implications on neuro-degeneration, including dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, stroke and aging generally. Join us May 17th where we'll be discussing how blockchain, MakerDAO's DAI stable coin, and the research itself made this whole thing come together. Find out more info about the DRO and the research here: https://alz.iku.network/ Presenters Gregory J. Rigano, Esq. - IKU Founder & CEO Blockchain: The NeurDRO Jessica Salomon - MakerDAO Business Development DeFi: DAI - The Exclusive Stable Coin Dr. Dayan Goodenowe, PhD - Prodrome Sciences Founder & CEO Neuro-degeneration & Alzheimer's: Thinking Outside the Box

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  • Tokenizing Assets: From IP to Real Estate, a Legal and Tech Perspective

    function tokenizedAsset(userInput){ if (userInput === 'Real Estate' || userInput === 'Securities' || userInput === 'Art' || userInput === 'Intellectual Property'){ return userInput; } else {console.log('Come on April 1st and ask!')} } We’ve seen a wide range of assets being “tokenized” these last few years, from rare items like artwork, magic cards and race cars, to more traditional investments like shares that confer an indirect ownership interests in real estate. This panel will explore the different ways tokenization occurs both from a legal and tech perspective. We will explore how to issue tokenized assets and facilitate transfers in a legally compliant manner, taking into account both "traditional" debt and equity securities as well as non- traditional assets such as DAOs for intellectual property development and monetization. How do you represent real world assets on a blockchain? What are the different methods of tokenizing? Will a hard fork entitle me to a second cryptokitty and more importantly, what rights does a token holder actually have? Schedule: 6:30pm - Networking 7:00pm - Presentation by Trevor Dodge, Proskauer Rose LLP 7:20pm - Panel + Audience Q&A 8:30pm - Networking A panel of legal and tech pros. Hear from: Trevor Dodge, Esq. Trevor is an associate in the Capital Markets Group at Proskauer Rose LLP. He represents underwriters and issuers in public and private capital markets transactions. He also advises blockchain companies on security token offerings and other matters implicating the rules and regulations promulgated by the SEC, CFTC, FinCEN and various state agencies. Trevor holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, where he was a staff editor for the Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law. While at NYU, Trevor interned for the World Bank Group in New Delhi and assisted with the New York State Department of Financial Services’ BitLicense. Gregory J. Rigano, Esq. Gregory is currently CEO to IKU, the first DAO designed to cheat death. Gregory is an intellectual property lawyer (biotech and software) by trade and has provided counsel to over $1 billion in transaction volume on every inhabited continent at both the international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP (now known as Norton Rose Fulbright) and Rigano LLC. He was an editor of the Hofstra Law Review and has significant experience in leveraging decentralized systems in global markets. Jenny Leung, Esq. Jenny is a Blockchain attorney at Blakemore Fallon focusing on issues related to U.S. securities laws, state money transmitter laws and data privacy laws. Jenny has formerly worked as an attorney at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). In her capacity there, she assisted in the oversight and supervision of financial market infrastructure and drafted ASIC guidance regarding distributed ledger technology. Prior to joining Blakemore Fallon, she consulted on GDPR, CCPA and other data privacy issues at PwC. Solomon Lederer, Ph.D. Dr. Lederer is the co-founder of Blockmatics and has over 15 years of technical experience in computer system design and programming. He has been teaching about blockchain and Ethereum for 3 years and recently co-authored Blockchain: A Practical Guide to Developing Business, Law, and Technology Solutions. Prior to working on blockchain technology, he worked at The Wall Street Journal, Morgan Stanley and BAE Systems, where he held a DoD top secret clearance to develop a novel mobile ad-hoc network for the US Air Force. Khurram Dara, Esq. Khurram Dara works on law and policy at Fluidity, a blockchain technology company based in Brooklyn. Previously, Khurram was an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he helped build the firm's digital assets practice. He started his legal career at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Emory University Seating is Limited. Secure Your Seat Today.

  • Open Discussion

    Galvanize

    We will be having an open, socratic discussion on the latest topics surrounding blockchain, cryptocurrency and the legal industry. Items for tomorrow: 1. https://agreements.network/ presentation 2. p2p v. corporation regulatory implications: Shapeshift, funding, etc. <--- crypto is for p2p!!!!!! 3. Ethereum Improvement Proposals - development v. price, no correlation 4. SEC party and sensationalized headlines Presentation: IPFS based technology for on demand legal documents including evidence and corporate transactions - proof of existence. Commodities v. securities v. intellectual property on a blockchain - which is most efficient traditional world value to trade on chain. "Stablecoins", e.g. pegged USD will likely have a significant role to play as the USD - BTC market reigns.

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  • Open Discussion

    Galvanize

    We will be having an open, socratic discussion on the latest topics surrounding blockchain, cryptocurrency and the legal industry. Items for tomorrow: 1. https://agreements.network/ presentation 2. p2p v. corporation regulatory implications: Shapeshift, funding, etc. <--- crypto is for p2p!!!!!! 3. Ethereum Improvement Proposals - development v. price, no correlation 4. SEC party and sensationalized headlines

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  • Blockchain & Law: Morning Symposium

    The Thearter Center

    On May 11-17 CoinDesk, in partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, will be hosting Blockchain Week, the largest gathering of its type in NYC. The week includes two of the leading blockchain conferences in America, Consensus (May 14-16) and Token Summit (May 16-17). Join New York's top legal minds in closing out the week with the 5th installment of the popular speaking series, Blockchain & Law. The morning symposium will be focused on some of blockchain’s biggest legal challenges and opportunities. Through an interactive panel, presentations and debate, some of the leading attorneys in the space will explore blockchains and share how they are navigating this digital transformation. Sign-up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-law-morning-symposium-tickets-44652101638

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  • Special Edition - Panel + Deep Dive Breakouts

    Learn more and purchase tickets here: https://blockmatics.tech/events/2018/3/28/blockchain-law-special-edition-panel-deep-dive-breakouts • What to bring Ticket purchased through Eventbrite • Important to know You will not be granted entry into the event without a ticket. This is a paid event.

  • FREE Shared Event - Cryptocurrency & Taxes - Learn What the IRS says for 2017-18

    FREE EVENT! Tax day is coming and the government wants their cut of your crypto earnings. Are you prepared? What's the tax law around cryptocurrency and how do you stay within the law without giving it all away? On March 16th you will hear from crypto tax professionals that will present their expertise on this complicated topic. Secure Your Ticket Here - https://blockmatics.tech/events/cryptocurrency-and-taxes-learn-what-the-irs-says-for-2018

  • Self-Governance in an Unregulated World

    Galvanize

    TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED THROUGH EVENTBRITE - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-law-self-governance-in-an-unregulated-world-tickets-41431957099 In this edition of Blockchain & Law we will cover self-governance and standard-setting in the blockchain industry. The panelist will discuss (i) Decentralized exchanges (ii) Token sale frameworks (iii) The Brooklyn Project - ConsenSys' initiative into promoting healthy standards for token sales. (iv) Rules set out by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) / Coin Center (v) What 2018 will look like in terms of self-regulation. “We are taking this action now, because we, as a company and an industry, have a unique opportunity to restore trust between people and institutions. By acting responsibly today, we can help make sure we are collectively able to reap the benefits of this powerful technology tomorrow.” — Joseph Lubin, Founder of ConsenSys Join us on January 24th where you will hear from leading industry experts on these topics and more. Spend an evening discussing these topics and more with: Joshua Garcia Esq., Associate at Cooley LLP Yvette Valdez Esq., Counsel at Latham Watkins Joyce Lai, Corporate Counsel at Consensys Houman B. Shadab, Professor at New York Law School, Co-director, Accord Project These Events Sell Out Fast! Seating is Limited. Purchase Today. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-law-self-governance-in-an-unregulated-world-tickets-41431957099

  • Blockchain & Law - MUST PURCHASE TICKET ON EVENTBRITE

    If Bitcoin hard-forks, what happens to your Bitcoin? Are exchanges holding your Bitcoin obligated to offer you both? In mid-November, the Bitcoin blockchain is expected to split into two. Segwit2x, the controversial proposal intended to upgrade the Bitcoin network, may cause it to hard-fork, creating two competing chains. The implications are similar to the recent splitting of Bitcoin into both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. This hard-fork left exchanges and their users in the difficult position of what to do about the newly created coin. This potentially upcoming fork will be even more complicated though, with exchanges already taking different sides of what they will consider Bitcoin. Bitfinex has come out and said they will support both tokens, while others, including Xapo, state that they will assign the label “Bitcoin” to the blockchain with the highest accumulated difficulty. Further Reading: Explainer: What Is SegWit2x and What Does It Mean for Bitcoin? (https://www.coindesk.com/explainer-what-is-segwit2x-and-what-does-it-mean-for-bitcoin/) B2X: Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex Reveals Ticker for SegWit2x Fork (https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/b2x-bitcoin-exchange-bitfinex-reveals-ticker-for-segwit2x-fork/) Xapo: Bitcoin is the Blockchain With the Most Accumulated Difficulty (https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/xapo-bitcoin-is-the-blockchain-with-the-most-accumulated-difficulty/) One of the world's largest futures exchange wants in on Bitcoin. In early November, CME, announced it is launching bitcoin futures by the end of the year, pending regulatory review. Once approved, this will allow more institutional investors to participate in the cryptocurrency market, what does this mean for Bitcoin? Also in recent news is the $150MM in ether that is currently locked up in Parity wallets after a developer stumbled upon a bug. What recourse do wallet holders whose funds are frozen have? Further Reading: ICO Funds Among Millions Frozen In Parity Wallets (https://www.coindesk.com/ico-funds-among-millions-frozen-parity-wallets/) Derivatives Giant CME Group to Launch Bitcoin Futures Contract (https://www.coindesk.com/cme-groups-leo-melamed-well-tame-bitcoin/) CME's planned bitcoin futures will attempt to rein in big price swings (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/08/cmes-planned-bitcoin-futures-will-attempt-to-rein-in-big-price-swings.html) Join us on November 13th where you will hear from leading industry experts on these topics and more. Get answers to questions like: What is Segwit2x? What should I do with my Bitcoin in regards to the potential upcoming hard-fork? Can my exchange withhold my coins after a hard fork? What are my rights? If my funds are frozen in a third party wallet, and the code is open source, is anyone liable? What does it mean for Bitcoin when institutional investors start to get involved? Spend an evening discussing these topics and more with: Gregory J. Rigano Esq., Counsel at Elixr Conor O’Hanlon Esq., Associate at Allen & Overy LLP Matt Corallo, Bitcoin Dev & Co-Founder at Blockstream Joshua Rittenberg Esq, Associate at Kramer Levin Joseph B. Doll Esq, Corporate and Blockchain Attorney at Cole Schotz, P.C. YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET ON EVENTBRITE (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-law-tickets-38743876979) FOR THIS EVENT Be sure to join the meetup group to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events. Topics Recently Covered: Gregory J. Rigano & Conor O’Hanlon- SEC Charges 2 ICO's w/Fraud! Legal Analysis & What You Need to Know (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pVr0nrtRr0&t=2s) Nick Scannavino - SAFT: A New Legal Framework for Token Sales (https://www.scannavinolamb.com/blog/saft-a-new-legal-framework-for-token-sales) Josh Garcia - ICOs: The New Fundraising Sensation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0ggheGHwwE&t=505s) Shawn Wilkinson - ICOs: The New Fundraising Sensation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRIsOLJ97gc) Gregory J. Rigano - Analysis Of SEC DAO Report (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iz2Q1I5HJE) "Anyone who’s anyone in tech today knows the three-letter acronym for jumbo-size fundraising: ICO." - Huffington Post, July 4, 2017 "Forget an IPO, Coin Offerings Are New Road to Startup Riches"- The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2017 These Events Sell Out Fast! Seating is Limited. Purchase Today. YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET ON EVENTBRITE (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-law-tickets-38743876979) FOR THIS EVENT SCHEDULE: 6:30p: Networking 7:00p: Panel Discussion Moderator: Gregory J. Rigano Panelists: Conor O'Hanlon | Matt Corallo | Joshua Rittenberg | Joseph B. Doll 8:00p: Post-event Networking PANELISTS: Conor O'Hanlon, Esq. Associate at Allen & Overy Conor is an associate in Allen & Overy’s FinTech group in New York and focuses on the legal and regulatory aspects of cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed ledger technology. He is also a member of the firm’s Derivatives and Structured Finance team and has experience in hedging, central counterparty clearing, OTC derivatives and underlying industry regulation in the United States and Europe. He is admitted to practice law in New York and England, and previously worked in Allen & Overy’s London office. Matt Corallo Bitcoin Developer & Co-Founder at Blockstream Matt Corallo is a long-time Bitcoin developer who has been contributing to Bitcoin Core since 2011. Matt helped co-found Blockstream where he co-authored the Sidechains whitepaper and implemented the Elements Sidechain. Matt also built and maintains the Bitcoin FIBRE project, the latest generation of low-latency Bitcoin block relay. Joshua Rittenberg, Esq. Associate at Kramer Levin Joshua Rittenberg advises clients on matters related to FinTech, blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and other digital math-based assets. Joshua also provides counsel on legal and regulatory issues related to emerging technologies including initial coin offerings and initial token offerings. In addition, Joshua handles cybersecurity and general intellectual property issues, including technology, data governance, privacy, software-related transactions and IP licensing. Joseph B. Doll, Esq. Corporate and Blockchain Attorney at Cole Schotz, P.C. MODERATOR: Gregory J. Rigano, Esq. Counsel at Elixir Gregory is a corporate tech lawyer with a deep interest in cryptocurrencies and intellectual property. He was an Associate at the international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP (now known as Norton Rose Fulbright) and the New York law firm Rigano LLC, representing both international and domestic enterprise in various healthcare technology transactions. His experience includes licensing of venture backed intellectual property portfolios, advising on various cryptocurrency matters and advancing healthcare R+D through utility of blockchain enabled fintech.

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  • Session 0 [Tickets Avail. on Eventbrite]

    Rise NY

    Nick Scannavino, Esq., Founding Partner at Scannavino Lamb YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET ON EVENTBRITE FOR THIS EVENT YOU CAN DO SO HERE: SIGN-UP (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-law-session-0-tickets-37728804871) THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY WITHOUT AN EVENTBRITE TICKET Over $1 billion dollars worth of cryptocurrency has been invested into entities in the first six months of 2017 using a novel fundraising method called an ICO or Initial Coin Offering. These crowd funding mechinisms use cryptocurrency as a way to collect value from investors and in return provide those investors with a token that is crucial within that businesses architecture. More and more companies are leveraging the techinical innovation that inherently comes with digital tokens on blockchain networks and regulators have taken notice. Just recently Chinese regulators made an official statement banning ICOs (http://fortune.com/2017/09/05/china-bitcoin-blockchain-ico-ban/) meanwhile Canadian regulators have officially accepted their first ICO (https://www.coindesk.com/ico-ban-canadas-regulators-giving-one-token-sale-big-break/) into their regulatory sandbox. LedgerX (https://ledgerx.com/), has successfully registered under US regulators as both an SEF (Swap Execution Facility) and a DCO (Derivities Clearing Organization). Read the CoinDesk article (https://www.coindesk.com/icos-dcos-dawn-cleared-crypto-derivatives/) written by Connor O'Hanlon for more on that. Along with recent statements (https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2017-131) by the SEC regarding the DAO (see video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iz2Q1I5HJE) w/Gregory J. Rigano) and companies like Shapeshift departing US states (https://info.shapeshift.io/blog/2017/08/27/notes-leaving-state-washington) due to regulations like NY's BitLicense (http://fortune.com/2015/08/14/bitcoin-startups-leave-new-york-bitlicense/) there is a lot to keep up with. This is why we are introducing a new monthly meetup series called Blockchain and Law. Join us for our inaugural event September 28th where you will hear from leading industry experts on these topics and more. This will be the first in a fireside chat series of events where we will aim to include the audience as much as possible in the conversation. Be sure to join the meetup group (https://www.meetup.com/New-York-Virtual-Currency-Meetup/) to stay up-to-date on the latest news and events. Get answers to questions like: • What are the implications of the SEC's report on the DAO and how does it affect US investors and companies • What do the recent statements from the SEC, FINCEN and regulators in China, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore mean for the future of ICOs? • How do you know whether your ICO is compliant and how can you structure an ICO legally in the US? • What is the SAFT and should your ICO be looking at it? Spend an evening discussing these topics and more with: • Josh Garcia Esq., Associate at Cooley • Conor O’Hanlon Esq., Associate at Allen & Overy LLP • Kevin Scanlan Esq., Partner at Kramer Levin • Nick Scannavino Esq., Founding Partner at Scannavino Lamb • Gregory J. Rigano Esq., Counsel at Aelixir Learn More: Conor O’Hanlon - From ICOs to DCOs: The Dawn of Cleared Crypto Derivatives (https://www.coindesk.com/icos-dcos-dawn-cleared-crypto-derivatives/) Gregory J. Rigano - Analysis Of SEC DAO Report (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iz2Q1I5HJE) "Anyone who’s anyone in tech today knows the three-letter acronym for jumbo-size fundraising: ICO." - Huffington Post, July 4, 2017 "Forget an IPO, Coin Offerings Are New Road to Startup Riches"- The Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2017 These Events Sell Out Fast! Seating is Limited. Purchase Today. YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET ON EVENTBRITE FOR THIS EVENT YOU CAN DO SO HERE: SIGN-UP (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-law-session-0-tickets-37728804871) THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY WITHOUT AN EVENTBRITE TICKET Check out Video from our last event: ICOs: The New Fundraising Sensation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRIsOLJ97gc) SCHEDULE: 6:30p: Networking and Light Snacks 7:00p: Panel Discussion Moderator: Gregory J. Rigano Panelists: Josh Garcia | Conor O'Hanlon | Kevin Scanlan | Nick Scannavino 8:00p: Post-event Networking PANELISTS: Josh Garcia, Esq. Associate at Cooley Josh Garcia works with the brightest minds in the fintech space. His expertise spans various bodies of financial regulation: securities, commodities, money transmission, consumer protection, lending, payments, among others. Josh works closely with cryptocurrency exchanges, investors, and blockchain developers to navigate the complex legal risks of bleeding edge technology. He also responds on behalf of clients to inquiries and enforcement actions of financial regulators. Conor O'Hanlon, Esq. Associate at Allen & Overy Conor is an associate in the Allen & Overy Derivatives and Structured Finance Group in New York. He has experience in hedging, central counterparty clearing, OTC derivatives and underlying industry regulation in the United States and Europe. He is a member of the firm’s FinTech group and focuses on the legal and regulatory aspects of cryptocurrencies, blockchains and distributed ledger technology Kevin P. Scanlan, Esq. Partner at Kramer Levin Kevin P. Scanlan advises clients on structuring, forming and investing in international and domestic private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, venture capital funds and fund-of-funds. In addition, Mr. Scanlan advises funds in connection with their subsequent investment activities. He represents large, well-established funds and managers as well as first-time funds of high-quality emerging managers. Nick Scannavino, Esq. Founding Partner at Scannavino Lamb Nick is a Founding Partner of Scannavino Lamb LLP, a boutique business law firm based in New York City. Nick works with entrepreneurs, startup companies and startup investors across a variety of sectors. As part of the firm’s blockchain technology practice, Nick advises companies on legal, regulatory and business matters associated with cryptocurrency and token sales. MODERATOR: Gregory J. Rigano, Esq. Counsel at Aelixir Gregory is a corporate tech lawyer with a deep interest in cryptocurrencies and intellectual property. He was an Associate at the international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP (now known as Norton Rose Fulbright) and the New York law firm Rigano LLC, representing both international and domestic enterprise in various healthcare technology transactions. His experience includes licensing of venture backed intellectual property portfolios, advising on various cryptocurrency matters and advancing healthcare R+D through utility of blockchain enabled fintech. YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET ON EVENTBRITE FOR THIS EVENT YOU CAN DO SO HERE: SIGN-UP (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-and-law-session-0-tickets-37728804871) THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY WITHOUT AN EVENTBRITE TICKET

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