Abraham Sutherland is an American entrepreneur, lawyer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. Sutherland's current focus is on the regulation and taxation of cryptocurrency. He is also the director of the project development company Saker Group which seeks solutions to development challenges in frontier markets. Previously Sutherland held several positions with the U.S. government, including with the Department of State working in Afghanistan. He currently lives in Malaysia.
Sutherland researches public policy and regulation related to cryptocurrency. The economics of proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies present new challenges, especially regarding taxation. In jurisdictions around the world, there is a risk that governments will unfairly tax the block rewards that incentivize token holders to validate transactions and secure the network. In his recent research, Sutherland focuses on the example of Tezos. As a decentralized cryptocurrency that encourages all token holders to participate in validation, Tezos provides a clear example of proof-of-stake technology and the importance of good government policy. Sutherland will discuss the economics of cryptocurrency and why a fair taxation policy is critical to encourage innovation.
6.30pm Doors open
7.00pm Presentation begins
8.00pm Networking (finger food and drinks provided)
9.00pm Doors close