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HLSBFI Conference (Blockchain, FinTech and the Law) – The Blockchain Industry: Legal and Regulatory Challenges

April 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Harvard Law School Blockchain and Fintech Initiative (HLSBFI) is proud to present its 1st Annual Blockchain & Fintech Conference, “Blockchain, FinTech and the Law”. Our conference will highlight the legal issues surrounding the use of blockchain technology, FinTech, cryptocurrencies, and other financial technologies. The conference aims to teach and to connect law students to leaders, lawyers, regulators and other industry pioneers grappling with the legal treatment of these new innovations.


Monday, April 15th

12:00 – 1:00 pm. WCC 1015. Panel: the FinTech ecosystem, regulatory challenges and international expansion issues.
*Lunch from SA PA Vietnamese will be provided

-Benjamin Bai (VP and Chief IP counsel at Ant Financial)
-Daniel S. Friedberg (Chair of Payment Systems and Fintech practice counsel at Fenwick & West LLP)
-Joel Telpner (Head of Fintech and Blockchain practice group at Sullivan & Worcester LLP)
Moderator: Howell Jackson, Harvard Law School

5:00 – 6:00 pm. WCC 1010. Keynote with Tim Draper (VC investor, founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ)
*Dinner from Flour Bakery will be provided

Tuesday, April 16th

12:00 – 1:00 pm. WCC 2004. Panel: The Blockchain Industry: Legal and Regulatory Challenges
*Lunch from Dave’s Fresh Pasta will be provided
-Nimit Sawhney (CEO and Co-Founder of Voatz)
– Christina Spiliakos (Regulatory Counsel at Circle)
– Jeff Engerman (Partner at Gunderson Dettmer)
– Michael Welsh (Cooley LLP)
Moderator: Philippa Ryan, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

6:00 – 7:00 pm. WCC 1019. Keynote with Gary Gensler (CFTC Chair, 2009-2014).
*Dinner from Flour Bakery will be provided

This event is co-sponsored by:
Fenwick & West / Protocol Labs / Sullivan & Worcester / Jean Monnet ad Personam Chair in European Union Law and Government / Harvard Business and Law Association.


April 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
Student Orgs Events


WCC 2004 Classroom


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Eloi Colldeforns
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