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2023 Agenda

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Registration, breakfast and coffee.

Welcome Remarks

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Matthew Diller, Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Donna Redel, Joyce Lai and Greg Xethalis


Navigating the Digital Asset Regulatory Terrain

9:00 am - 9:50 am

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.

  • Lee Schneider, General Counsel, Ava Labs
  • Joe Hall, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Jai Massari, Co-Founder and Chief Legal Officer, Lightspark
  • Dan Michael, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Steve Wink, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Fireside Chat

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

9:50 am - 10:20 am

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator for New York

Moderated by Lewis Cohen, Co-Founder, DLx Law


Evolving Ecosystem: Market Integrity

10:20 am - 11:10 am

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.

  • Jennifer Morton, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Robin Cook, Legislative Counsel, U.S. Policy, Coinbase
  • Coy Garrison, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Jason Somensatto, Head of Public Policy for North America, Chainalysis
  • Annemarie Tierney, Principal, Liquid Advisors Inc.
Fireside CHat

Kristin Johnson, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

11:10 am - 11:40 Am

Kristin Johnson, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Moderated by J. Christopher Giancarlo, Senior Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP


11:40 am - 12:40 pm

Lunch sponsored by Fidelity Digital Assets


Crypto Bankruptcy: Charting Uncharted Waters

12:40 Pm - 1:30 pm

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.

  • Donna Redel, Adjunct Professor, Fordham University School of Law
  • Honorable Martin Glenn, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
  • Honorable Michael B. Kaplan, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey

Business Model and Governance: The Road Ahead

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

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.

  • Joyce Lai, Founder, New Territories LLC
  • David Adlerstein, Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Olta Andoni, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Enclave Markets
  • Carla Reyes, Associate Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Rodrigo Seira Silva-Herzog, Special Counsel, Paradigm

Criminal and Sanctions Enforcement Developments

2:20 pm - 3:15 pm

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.  

  • Brandon Hammer, Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Andrew DeFilippis, Special Counsel, Sullivan and Cromwell LLP
  • Samson Enzer, Partner, Cahill
  • Joseph Evans, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Brian Klein, Partner, Waymaker
  • Liat Shetret, Director of Global Policy and Regulation, Elliptic

Securities and Commodities Law Litigation Developments

3:15 pm - 4:10 pm

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.

  • Richard Nowak, VP, Associate General Counsel, Fidelity Investments
  • Jason Gottlieb, Partner, Morrison Cohen LLP
  • TuongVy Le, Partner and Head of Regulation and Policy, Bain Capital Crypto
  • James McDonald, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Stephen Palley, Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP
  • Kayvan Sadeghi, Partner, Jenner & Block

Staking in the Regulatory Spotlight: Implications and Innovations

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

  • Anthony Tu-Sekine, Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP
  • Alison Mangiero, Executive Director, Proof of Stake Alliance
  • Jason Schwartz, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Michael Selig, Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
  • Meghan Spillane, Partner, Goodwin Proctor LLP

Global and U.S. Legislative Trends: Navigating Regulatory Climates

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm

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.

  • Marc Piano, Counsel, Harneys
  • Francesco Paolo Patti, Associate Professor, Università Bocconi
  • Rebecca Rettig, Chief Legal & Policy Officer, Polygon Labs
  • Jonathan Turnham, Partner, Travers Thorp Alberga
  • Miller Whitehouse-Levine, CEO, DeFi Education Fund

Closing Remarks & Networking Reception

5:50 pm - 7:00 pm

Closing remarks from Greg Xethalis, Symposium Co-Founder

Networking Reception sponsored by Latham & Watkins