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Cryptocurrency: Current Tax and Bank Secrecy Act Regulatory and Enforcement Environment (02/26/2021)

Program Number: 3149 Presenter: John D. (Don) Fort, Esq., Lawrence (Larry) Sannicandro, Esq.

Virtual currencies, including cryptocurrency, have recently received significant attention from the IRS, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, and other law enforcement agencies. The panelists, led by the former chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, will explore recent guidance from FinCEN and/or the IRS with respect to: (1) the collection, retention, and disclosure to the U.S. government of certain transactions involving cryptocurrency; (2) the taxation of, and tax reporting standards for, cryptocurrency; and (3) Bank Secrecy Act reporting, such as the Foreign Bank Account Report. The panelists will also discuss strategies to mitigate the risk of civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance with the internal revenue laws, including the availability of the qualified amended return and the IRS’s voluntary disclosure practice. This webinar is a must-attend for all professionals and practitioners who operate in the space of, or advise on, cryptocurrency. Objectives:

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Sovereign and Central Bank Digital Currency – Is Cash Still the King? (05/27/2020)

Program Number: 3079 Presenter: Joel Telpner, Esq., Mari Tomunen, Esq.

With the ease of using a mobile bank, one might forget that all current monetary systems are based on the fact that technically only physical bills and coins are legal tender. The need to build digital layers on top of this setup leads to inherent friction. Why is not money natively digital? After the rise of Bitcoin and other digital blockchain based assets, practically every central bank around the world is now exploring the potential risks and benefits of turning money digital. The attorneys in this program are helping countries to issue natively digital sovereign currencies. They discuss the reason and future of Central Bank Digital Currencies, different approaches that countries are taking, and the roadblocks that need to be overcome before this major shift in the theory and makeup of money can happen.

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Demystifying Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies (05/07/2020)

Program Number: 3078 Presenter: David Kalat

In conventional usage, the term “hacking” generally refers to an unauthorized user gaining access to an electronic resource. Hackers use various means to steal, guess, calculate, or otherwise obtain credentials to access systems and data they are not allowed to access. When we talk about “hacking” a blockchain, however, this does not adequately or accurately describe what has happened and blinds us to understanding where the real risks lie in this new technology of distributed ledgers and crypto-assets. The high-profile, most destructive, and expensive “hacks” in blockchain environments actually represent *authorized* users misbehaving. In some cases, these are authorized users acting on their own behalf to exploit weaknesses in the system to their own gain at the expense of other users, in other cases these are authorized users who are misusing the trust placed in them by their customers. The key to protecting yourself against fraud in this new alien

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Recent Blockchain Class Action Settlements Provide Tips for Future Cases (07/21/2020)

Program Number: 30181 Presenter: Marc D. Powers, Esq., Joanna F. Wasick, Esq.

This webinar examines two class actions and their recent settlements involving companies engaged in Initial Coin Offerings of blockchain tokens in 2017; Tezos Foundation and ATBCoin. By looking at the different circumstances and outcomes of the two cases – with a $25 million settlement in Tezos and a $250,000 settlement in ATB – Marc Powers and Joanna Wasick discuss what the implications may be for future class action settlements against issuers of cryptocurrencies, specifically those involving foreign defendants. Upon a closer look, the Tezos and ATB cases can show parties in ongoing ICO class actions that less obvious, and less traditional, defenses and issues, which are specific to the nature of ICOs and blockchain technology, may well be the difference between a significant settlement and a trivial one.

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Being Secure About Your Security Token Offering and Other Crypto-Observations (01/14/2020)

Program Number: 3010 Presenter: Susan Joseph, Barry Seeman

Two industry experts in Digital Assets and Security Tokens , Susan Joseph and Barry Seeman, will discuss their findings in this field, specifically in working with clients who are contemplating the launch of a Security Token for a capital raise. They co-authored detailed articles which are the basis for this presentation. Legal practitioners will be able to understand some of the issues and best practices surrounding this evolving marketplace.

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It’s Official: Ether Is a Commodity, Not a Security. – Understanding the World of Digital Assets (11/22/2019)

Program Number: 29213 Presenter: Joel Telpner, Esq., Mari Tomunen, Esq.

All the news about Bitcoin, Ether, Libra, Ripple and JPMorgan’s Coin make companies wonder if they should issue their own cryptocurrency immediately or never. But it is not only companies – sovereign countries, like China and the Marshall Islands, are creating blockchain-based digital currencies that will act as the country’s official legal tender. How to determine the legal nature of a digital asset and can it really go back and forth between being a security and a commodity like the regulators have suggested? How do the benefits of issuing fund interests or company stock in tokenized form compare to the legal hurdles? The webinar will pave the way to understand what the promise of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies is as well as other digital assets. We will discuss the regulatory uncertainty stigmatizing digital assets and the various legal issues activated from characterizing, issuing, trading and custody of these innovative

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Digital Currency and its Evolving Future of Litigation (12/18/2019)

Program Number: 29191 Presenter: Allison Beatty, Esq., Joel Wertman, Esq.

Virtual currency and related litigation is a history that is being written in real time and may, like evolving technology tends to do, take us to places that we can’t now imagine. This presentation will discuss the evolving landscape of virtual currency and, in particular, its possible future in litigation. We will broadly discuss different types of virtual currency as a basic primer. We also delve into recent notable state, SEC and FINRA regulatory matters and guidance as well as speculating on the future of litigation from securities regulators and public Virtual currency and related litigation is a history that is being written in real time and may, like evolving technology tends to do, take us to places that we can’t now imagine. This presentation will discuss the evolving landscape of virtual currency and, in particular, its possible future in litigation. We will broadly discuss different types of

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Building Cryptocurrency + Blockchain Investigations Involving Bitcoin / Crypto Automated Teller Machines (BTMs / CTMs) (12/05/2019)

Program Number: 29183 Presenter: Lourdes C. Miranda

This program includes understanding the money laundering and terrorist financing threats of using Bitcoin / Crypto Automated Teller Machines (BTMs / CTMs); how to mitigate those threats; what are the reporting requirements for money services businesses; how to build criminal cases; and, which investigative and analytical tools are recommended. Learning objectives for attorneys: • Understanding the money laundering and terrorist financing threats of using BTMs / CTMs. • Understanding the 5 Pillars of the Bank Secrecy Act’s Anti-Money Laundering + Countering Financing of Terrorism Requirements involving cryptocurrency transactions. • Understanding what to look for in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) + Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs) that are submitted to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). • Understanding the latest Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidance and reporting. • Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of building the chain of custody on the blockchain. • Understanding the value of investigative + analytical cryptocurrency + blockchain tools when building criminal cases.

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Crypto Comes in From Off the Grid: An Alphabet Soup of Regulators (11/14/2019)

Program Number: 29177 Presenter: Thomas O. Gorman, Esq.

Crypto currencies were born "off the grid." Now crypto exchanges claim that "the revolution needs rules" and tout the fact that their operations are governed or monitored by various government regulators. What changed? What role does the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FinCEN, the IRS and state regulators have in monitoring and regulating these once "off the grid" assets. Join Tom Gorman for a discussion centered on the evolution of crypto assets from a curiosity to currency alternative.

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Crypto, Broker-Dealers and Beneficial Ownership in the Anti-Money Laundering Hot Seat (09/24/2019)

Program Number: 29134 Presenter: Christian Larson, Esq., Joseph Moreno, Esq.

This webinar analyzes the latest developments affecting the anti-money laundering (AML) programs of businesses dealing with blockchain, cryptocurrency and other digital assets. The webinar also evaluates trends and lessons learned from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement focus on broker-dealer AML programs. In addition, the webinar reviews the most recent legislative efforts to reform the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and related regulations in 2019, including proposals to tighten beneficial ownership reporting. This webinar is ideal for anyone working in or overseeing AML program design or compliance.

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