Registration, breakfast and coffee.
Matthew Diller, Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Donna Redel, Joyce Lai and Greg Xethalis
The digital asset realm is ever-evolving, but the regulatory landscape is slow to move with purpose. As various stakeholders eagerly anticipate clearer directives, this symposium session delves into pivotal questions confronting the industry, providing the backdrop for the 2023 Symposium. The panelists will discuss major trends, recent actions and provide insight and commentary on charting a path for crypto projects.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator for New York
Moderated by Lewis Cohen, Co-Founder, DLx Law
As the digital asset ecosystem evolves, a plethora of innovative tools and processes have emerged in both centralized and decentralized spheres, aiming for transparency and fairness. With these advancements, comes the pressing question: Are the regulatory frameworks adapting swiftly enough to ensure customer protection, and how should the industry act to develop tools while Congress and Federal Regulators debate how these markets should be regulated, and by whom? The panel will examine how the rules resonate with the rapidly changing needs, tools, and products accessible to today's customers, as well as the difficulty of trying to build both decentralized and intermediated platforms with an absence of clear, efficient licensing and regulation.
Kristin Johnson, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Moderated by J. Christopher Giancarlo, Senior Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Lunch sponsored by Fidelity Digital Assets
2022 and 2023 have been a bull market for novel bankruptcy issues, with numerous lending and trading platforms entering bankruptcy proceedings. These cases introduce unprecedented questions for both judges and legal practitioners. As interpretations unfold, they will pioneer new standards, influencing the course of proceedings and the difficult questions of how to return value to stakeholders. Symposium Co-Founder Donna Redel will interview the Chief Bankruptcy Judges of the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York.
Crypto networks and DAOs introduce new systems for social coordination and economic incentives for governance structures. These new systems present novel legal questions and challenge existing corporate and commercial law. How can design be structured to safeguard market participants and promote desired behavior, particularly in the realm of DAOs. This panel probes the legal issues around various business models and dissect the intricacies of technical architectures—be it public versus private blockchains or decentralized smart contract systems.
Some of the top litigators in the world of criminal law and sanctions enforcement will discuss the impact of recent actions, with a particular focus on issues relating to criminal actions, national security and sanctions enforcement. These are foundational issues for all projects, which sometimes take a back seat to the trending securities law topics of the day.
The Federal Securities Laws and the Commodities Exchange Act stand as pivotal cornerstones, shaping both innovation and market practices. This panel delves deep into the intersections of securities litigation and enforcement actions within the crypto space, with a focus on recent enforcement actions and settlements driven by the SEC and CFTC.
Dive into an enlightening session where we unravel regulatory perspectives on staking products. Beyond the oversight, we'll delve into emergent tax considerations and gauge their potential ripple effects on the industry. Further, uncover how industry leaders are optimizing the use of ETH and other stakable tokens in their portfolios.
As the quest for more accommodating regulatory environments intensifies, numerous firms are setting their sights beyond U.S. borders, considering or establishing offices overseas. In this session, we'll unpack the motivations and implications of these strategic moves. Concurrently, we'll cast a lens on anticipated legislative shifts within the U.S., spanning both federal and state horizons.
Closing remarks from Greg Xethalis, Symposium Co-Founder
Networking Reception sponsored by Latham & Watkins