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Legal Issues in Blockchain: SEC Enforcement & Market Manipulation

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Join Fenwick’s Blockchain Team for lightning talks on important legal and regulatory issues affecting the blockchain industry. Each session will be followed by plenty of time for audience questions and discussion.​

  • Two recent SEC enforcement actions have the crypto community confused about the SEC’s current views. In the Block.one settlement, the SEC found that Block.one issued tokens that were securities, but required the issuer to pay a fraction of the total offering proceeds as a penalty and did not require Block.one to offer recission to purchasers. Weeks later, the SEC obtained a TRO to stop Telegram from completing its issuance of tokens, putting at risk the $1.7 billion Telegram has already raised. Join former Associate Regional Director for Enforcement for the SEC and current co-chair of Fenwick's Securities Enforcement group Mike Dicke to discuss his views on these actions and the implications for the blockchain industry.
  • The questions we all ask: Are these volumes real? Is this market legit? What the heck is going on out there? As accusations and rumors of market manipulation of the digital asset markets ripple through the community, former Justice Department financial crimes prosecutor and current Fenwick Securities Litigator Casey O’Neill is here to discuss the recently filed cases claiming manipulation by crypto exchanges and how responsible actors should navigate the Wild West that is the international digital asset markets.
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