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Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Law  

Thursday, October 26th // 12 PM PT // 3 PM ET

About The Webinar

Bitcoin is currently soaring to new heights, with a single bitcoin worth more than $3,000. New “cryptocurrencies,” or digital currencies that employ encryption, are emerging every day, with hundreds circulating every day. Some entrepreneurs are even abandoning IPOs in favor of an “ICO,” or initial coin offering. And as blockchain-based cryptocurrencies become more widespread, they’re earning the scrutiny of federal and state regulators, from the IRS to state legislatures.

Meanwhile blockchain, the technology that makes many virtual currencies possible, is gaining even more attention, as financial giants invest millions in blockchain research and forward-thinking legal minds turn to the technology for everything from land registries to smart contracts.

These aren’t just hyped tech trends; bitcoin and blockchain could have significant legal implications, whether it's complicating eDiscovery, raising money laundering concerns, or being used as payment for legal services. 

Join us as we discuss these emerging issues.


Attendees will learn:

  • The basics of blockchain and bitcoin technology
  • How blockchain and bitcoin are impacting attorneys day-to-day practice right now
  • How federal and state laws impact virtual currencies
  • Regulatory frameworks and possible regulatory action around virtual currency

Stephen T. Middlebrook is an attorney at Womble Carlyle in the FinTech group, where he helps clients navigate complex regulatory and compliance matters, including licensing, consumer protection, anti-money laundering, data privacy and security. Steve has an extensive background in emerging payment technologies, web-based financial services, virtual currency and distributed ledger technology. A frequent writer on bitcoin, blockchain, and the law, Steve also serves as an advisor to the Uniform Law Commission’s drafting committee for the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act.

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DATE: Thursday, October 26th
TIME: 12 PM PT // 3 PM ET
DURATION: 60 mins
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Stephen T. Middlebrook

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Womble Carlyle


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Erica G. Wilson

Associate

Vuono & Gray

Erica G. Wilson is an associate with Vuono & Gray, where she is representing individuals and businesses in civil cases, such as disputes over employment contracts, commercial leases, confessions of judgment, partnership agreements, and, yes, bitcoin. A cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiast, Erica regularly speaks to bar associations and professional groups about the legal implications of such technology and is proud to count herself as one of the only 802 people to report bitcoin-related gains to the IRS.

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